I know what you're thinking....Stone Temple Pilots is still a band?
Well apparently so, but now they are a band without their mercurial, "troubled" lead singer.
Oh, I'm crying in my Vasoline....
I saw STP when they played E.J. Thomas Hall several years ago (perhaps after their 2010 self-titled comeback album?) and one thing that stood out was that Weiland's vocals were purposely being buried in the band's alterna-churn mix. I checked with some folks who saw them in other venues and they said the same thing. I don't know if that was an aesthetic choice ("dude, we're all equal") or if they were trying to protect Weiland. He sounded OK to me..when I could hear him.
Anyway, Weiland's been a hot mess for quite some time (someone who worked with STP during their 90's hey day, once told me they wouldn't wish having to babysit/corral Weiland on their worst enemy)...let's just hope he doesn't die soon..
From the digital desk of the Associated Press
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.
The Associated Press was attempting to reach Weiland for comment.
The band's 1992 debut, "Core," has sold more than 8 million units in the United States. Their hits include "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song" and "Plush," which won a Grammy in 1993 for best hard rock 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.