Stone Temple Pilots and Scott Weiland have been making waves all this week as the group announced earlier this week that they’ve parted ways with Weiland.

This news came to Scott Weiland as a shock as he denied the reports in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone magazine saying; “STP has not broken up. “I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired.” These rumors initially began months ago when former Guns N Roses/ Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash said in an interview that STP had fired Scott Weiland.

“Slash doesn’t know anything about STP,” Weiland countered yesterday. “We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next.”

Weiland is in the middle of launching a solo tour next month that will focus almost entirely on Stone Temple Pilots first two albums, Core and Purple as he insisted the band remains a top priority. “My personal feeling is that we need some new blood in the band,” he said. “We’ve been playing the same greatest hits set since we got back together. I’d like to make a new record. It will breathe new life into the group.”

Scott Weiland does admit the band has been going through rocky period off and on. “There were some hurt egos,” he says. “But that’s the way it is. No one has ever fired anybody in STP. We’re like a family. It’s also a partnership. I started the band. We’ve always kept things going. We’ve taken time off before. They’ve done their own projects and I fully support that. No one has been fired and I haven’t quit. That’s all hearsay.”

Scott Weiland issued the following statement to Rolling Stone through a spoke person 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. – Scott Weiland

This past Thursday Weiland would tell TMZ that Stone Temple Pilots lied about firing him as a publicity stunt … in order to hype an upcoming concert tour they are organizing without him in order to boost ticket sales.

Weiland points out that there’s a clause in the band’s contract that forbids the members from using the name STP on another group.

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