Yesterday, the alt-rock band and recently reunited Stone Temple Pilots announced that they have fired their lead singer, Scott Weiland. Their statement on the news was very brief:
"Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."
The band now consists of bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz. This was all news to Weiland, who was quick to respond. According the the Associated Press, Weiland learned of the firing from the news:
"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."
Stone Temple Pilots formed in 1986 and found major success in the 1990's with Weiland being one of the more prominent figures in the Alt-Rock music scene. The band broke up in 2003 and reformed in 2008. A trouble figure, Weiland (45) has struggled with drugs and person problems in the past. While the band was broken up, he was also the lead singer for Velvet Revolver.
STP'ssecond studio album, Purple, released in June 1994 was a huge success for the band, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and remaining there for three weeks, eventually selling over six million copies. It spawned a number of successful singles, including "Vasoline":
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.
In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott).
Girls Names, “Pittura Infamante” - A slinky bass and drum beat and Johnny Marr-ish guitar groove yields to some shoegazer groovy-ness with a nice, icy keyboard on this single from a sophomore album released last week by the Belfast, Northern Ireland post-punks. They’re serious fellows; hence a song named for a style of Italian Renaissance era art meant to defame scoundrels, criminals and political cheats.
Big Scary, “Phil Collins” - You should’ve seen the look on Cindy’s face when I told her I wanted to play “Phil Collins.” Don’t worry: That’s just the song title by this Australian indie-pop, male-female duo who have toured with Florence + the Machine and Gotye. The vocals are chill, but you can’t get too relaxed with those waves of reverb-drenched guitar that keep crashing into the melody.