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.