Stone Temple Pilots

I wasn’t aware that the reunion of the ’90s alt-rock radio fixtures Stone Temple Pilots hadn’t already exploded into flaming wreckage, but today we learn that it absolutely, definitively has. The band has always had an uneasy relationship with its walking disaster of a frontman Scott Weiland; they’ve already parted ways with him twice, in 1997 and 2002. And this morning, Spin reports that the band issued a simple one-sentence statement: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” This comes a day after the singer told Rolling Stone, “No one has ever fired anybody in STP. We’re like a family.” I guess the DeLeo brothers weren’t too into that Christmas album, either.

UPDATE: Weiland’s released this statement:

I learned of my supposed “termination” from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be “terminated” from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.

Comments (25)
  1. Isn’t this the 5th or 6th time they have kicked him out of the band?

    • Yep, it’s around that number that times. At this point, they either need to stay broken up or stay together. Whatever they do, the reality will always be that, even though he is sober for much longer stretches of time than he was in, say, 1999, he’ll inevitably fall off the wagon sometimes. All this firing and rehiring just makes the other band members look lame, like they always have to come crawling back to Weiland because they can’t accomplish anything without him.

  2. I am shocked *shocked*… that it took them this long to fire him again.

  3. this isn’t terribly recent, but this interview on adam carolla’s podcast show about 3 years ago was an interesting one: scott clearly obliterated and the rest of the band uncomfortably sitting through his chainsmoking and long, slurred responses

  4. Hopefully the band can get a new singer ready in time for state fair season. There’s nothing like taking one too many spins on the Gravitron before thrashing around to some “Wicked Garden.”

  5. That’s okay, I fired the Stone Temple Pilots from my iPod a long time ago.

    • related open question: any of you guys ever dabble in post-Purple STP? i honestly don’t think i know a single person who has.

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        • I think you mean Tiny Music. Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop. Cities isn’t in the title at all.

        • I kind of liked Between the Lines from their last album but other than that it’s seemed pretty mediocre to me…

        • I always liked their music. I stopped listening to them because after No. 4 came out, Scott was asked in an interview if, after everything he had been through, he would say that using heroin was a bad idea. He would only say that it is a bad idea for some people. Never mind that his own use put everyone he knew through Hell; it’s easily one of the deadliest and most addictive drugs in the world. He wasn’t even being asked to condemn drugs, just heroin. The guy is so in love with the cliche of the dangerous rock star and living up to that image that he wasn’t willing to make one morally responsible statement. After that, I was just like, “Whatever, dude…”

          • Bro I feel like i nee to point out the fact that your name is very close to “Michael Danna” who won the oscar for original score for Life of Pi, Neato!

      • Ab-so-lutely – No.4 is a great album. After that, things got a little less… dependable.

  6. i remember seeing zach galifianakis in LA a couple years back, and the entire band was in the audience. it was like an 150 cap venue too. they got on stage and were interviewed or something. i’ll fill in an ending to that story later


  8. Say it isn’t so!!! It’s like when Brad and Jennifer broke up. I’m heartbroken.

  9. I like that the background building is one of Canada’s parliament buildings.

  10. it’s too bad these guys get so much crap, so undeservedly. the DeLeo brothers are amazing and they have a ton of great songs. they became one of those bands that people love to shit on because it’s the cool thing to do.

  11. The comeback album was surprisingly decent, but its so polarizing knowing how dysfunctional band is. Back in the 90s, they were in my top 5 but then all this news surfaced about drug abuse and the bitterness of the band tolerating his presences. It became difficult to listen to their stuff. Now that we entered this circlejerk for the 1000000th time, I honestly lost all interest in these guys. The band members have battered wife syndrome and not even rehab can salvage Scott’s substance addition. I like their music, but this shit has gotten stale a long time ago. Oh and my favorite STP album is Purple.

  12. “Im not sure how they can kick me out of the band i started”

    no shit. Maybe they can get Axel Rose to from STP now. Stone Temple Roses.

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