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Stone Temple Pilots fire singer Scott Weiland

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Stone Temple Pilots have fired singer Scott Weiland.

In a one-sentence news release Wednesday, publicist Kymm Britton said: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." No other information was provided.

Weiland later released a statement about the announcement: "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."

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The band's 1992 debut, "Core," has sold more than 8 million units in the U.S. Their hits include "Vasoline," ''Interstate Love Song" and "Plush," which won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance With Vocal.

Weiland was also in the supergroup Velvet Revolver with Slash and other musicians. The 45-year-old has dealt with drug addiction, run-ins with the law and two failed marriages. He released his memoir, "Not Dead & Not for Sale," in 2011.

The Stone Temple Pilots' latest album is their self-titled 2010 release.

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Feb 27, 2013 4:49PM
Listen up existing other members of Stone Temple Pilots, the singer is the band.
Look at the Police and the Commodores. Without their singers the two bands are now long forgotten.
A singer can make up a band by easily picking up guitarists and drummers and keyboard players.
You guys screwed up by trying to lock out Scott.
He will survive and prosper, you won't.

Feb 27, 2013 4:00PM
Why is this even significant its a has been 90's band with a douche bag for a singer. Move on....
Feb 27, 2013 3:59PM
Live lost their lead, not STP, So true is the statement "Nothing lasts forever" but to see bands like "The Stones" "Pearl Jam" "Lynyrd Skynyrd" "Metallica" last the test of time, it goes to show it's not easy. Though all bands loose and gain members, loosing a lead singer has to be the toughest.

Long live the 90's!

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