Stone Temple Pilots have either fired or killed frontman Scott Weiland. The band issued a very covert ops-ish statement this morning reading simply, “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” It does not offer official word on whether he’s still alive.
However, assuming he was just fired, the move really isn’t all that surprising. The band had to cancel dates in 2010 because of the frontman’s drunkenness and vocal troubles, and more recently, there’s been reported tumult within the group, stemming from Weiland’s insistence that he would play STP material on an upcoming solo tour. Just yesterday, Weiland responded to claims that he was quitting the band. He said he wasn’t, of course, but apparently that decision wasn’t really his to make.
UPDATE: Weiland sent out his own terse statement this afternoon, saying, "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." Snap!