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Scott Weiland Talks Stone Temple Pilots Future in Pre-Firing Interview

Kevin Winter, Getty Images Stone Temple Pilots  announced that they officially fired  singer  Scott Weiland  yesterday (Feb. 27), which met with a follow-up statement from the frontman in which he revealed that he was surprised by the announcement. “Surprised” is definitely the key word, as Weiland spoke with Rolling Stone earlier this week about the rumors and his future with Stone Temple Pilots and he did not let on that there was trouble on the horizon. In the interview, which took place only a few days ago, Weiland stated, “STP has not broken up. I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired. We’re talking about when we want to tour next. My personal feeling is that we just need some new blood in the band. It’ll give it new energy, so that we’re not just playing the same greatest hits set we’ve been playing ever since we got back together after I left Velvet Revolver . I’d like to make a new record so it breathes new life into it.” As for hearing that Slash had been the one to make public talk of his firing from STP, the vocalist added, “Slash doesn’t know anything about STP. Those guys wanted to get together to talk about touring, but I don’t think touring right now is the best thing. STP has a legacy, and to protect that is very, very important to me. But to go and do the kind of offers that we were getting would be diminishing the brand, and I don’t want to do that. There are offers right now. There are offers that I passed up on. There’s offers that those guys didn’t want as well. There were some hurt egos, but that’s the way it is. Things are like a family. No one’s ever fired anybody in STP.” Weiland called Stone Temple Pilots “a partnership” and added that it was not uncommon for he or the other members to go off and do their other projects. He concluded, “I’ve always supported them. But no one’s been fired and I haven’t quit, so that’s all hearsay.” Shortly after the interview was conducted, the news of Weiland’s firing became public and he stated that he was unsure of how he could be terminated from the group he founded and fronted and co-wrote some of their biggest hits. He added, “That’s something for the lawyers to figure out.” At present, Weiland is set to head out on tour playing music from STP’s ‘Purple’ and ‘Core’ albums. He adds that he and his solo band cohorts are “halfway finished” with a new disc. [button href=”” title=”Next: Scott Weiland Working on Solo Album” align=”center”]

Stone Temple Pilots Officially Fire Scott Weiland

Kevin Winter, Getty Images According to a press release just sent out on behalf of Stone Temple Pilots , singer Scott Weiland has been officially been fired from the band. The troubled vocalist is no stranger to internal conflict, and it seems that those days are far from over for Weiland, as he once again finds himself out of a job. Weiland was dismissed from Velvet Revolver in 2008, and one of his former bandmates in that group,  Slash , unofficially broke the news of Weiland’s latest exit from Stone Temple Pilots during an interview with Minneapolis/St. Paul radio station 93X. While discussing Weiland’s insistence that he was back in Velvet Revolver in December 2012, Slash threw in, “That’s because he got fired from STP.” Although Slash is considered a reliable source, the news was still thought to be hearsay until Stone Temple Pilots officially announced Weiland’s leave in a short press release issued today (Feb. 27) that reads entirely as follows: Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland. Strangely enough, in an interview with Rolling Stone conducted just yesterday (Feb. 26), Weiland insisted that he was still a member of Stone Temple Pilots. ”STP has not broken up,” said Weiland. “I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired … Slash doesn’t know anything about STP. We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next … 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 is currently working on his career as a solo artist with backing band the Wildabouts. Weiland and the Wildabouts will be hitting the road on their ‘Purple at the Core’ tour, signifying that the string of dates will focus heavily on Stone Temple Pilots’ first two albums, ‘Core’ and ‘Purple.’ Weiland is also expected to perform Velvet Revolver and solo material. The trek begins March 1 in Flint, Mich. Update: Scott Weiland has responded with his own statement regarding his termination from STP: 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 [button href=”” title=”Slash on Scott Weiland’s Velvet Revolver Reunion Claim: ‘We’re Not Buying It'” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Velvet Revolver, AC/DC + More

MJ Kim, Getty Images – Scott Weiland  is confident he will reunite with  Velvet Revolver . [ Loudwire ] – AC/DC ‘s ‘Back in Black’ leads the list of inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame. [ Loudwire ] – Machine Head ‘s Robb Flynn is ready for action after his recent hernia surgery and announces the band’s tour return date. [ Loudwire ] – Green Day will give fans a preview of their upcoming ‘Quatro’ documentary in a highlights special to run over the next month. [ Loudwire ] – Are you ready for Black Friday? Listen to this list of songs to blast on Black Friday and consider yourself prepared. [ Loudwire ] – Ill Nino have revealed the dates for their North and South American tour. [ Rock Music Report ] – Metallica reveal the story behind their ‘Frantic’ song. [ Ultimate Metallica ] – Beck has a new album en route next year. [ ] – The Rolling Stones are welcoming back two familiar faces — Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor — for their London shows. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Jimmy Page details the story behind the band’s attempts to continue Led Zeppelin ‘s reunion. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ]

Scott Weiland: ‘It’s the Perfect Time for Velvet Revolver to Get Back Together’

Scott Gries, Getty Images While the remaining members of Velvet Revolver have been rocking out with their latest solo efforts, former vocalist Scott Weiland seems hopeful about the revival of the band and his potential return as the frontman of the currently defunct supergroup. In fact, he even suggests they are set to start writing new material. In a new interview with  Rolling Stone , Weiland expressed great enthusiasm for a possible Velvet Revolver reunion. ”I think it’s the perfect time for Velvet Revolver to get back together,” Weiland said. “Slash has done some great things, and I look forward to the opportunity to seeing him on my left and seeing Duff McKagan – who, in my opinion, is without a doubt one of the greatest rock’n’ roll and punk rock bass players of all time. And is still in amazing shape – is more ripped than just about any 25-year-old on the planet. And with Matt [Sorum] and Dave [Kushner] as well, who are just incredible musicians. I think that’s exciting to look forward to. It’s the old cliché, ‘If the gods of rock want it to happen, then it will.’” We’re not sure about the gods of rock but at last check, back in September, McKagan said that things with Velvet Revolver where at a bit of a stand still as they continued their search for the perfect replacement for Scott Weiland. “There’s nobody now,” McKagan reported. “I think the longer that Slash is out touring, and that I’m out touring, people will stop asking as much. Maybe once it’s settled down, we’ll find the guy.” Weiland seems very confident that he’ll once again be the band’s lead singer, and seemingly feels the rest of the band is open to his return as well. “I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it. There have been some things that have stood in the way that aren’t anything that have to do with the band – just other players, whether it be agents. But now we’re sorting through things, and we want to start writing for some big film opportunities that have come our way, and try to set things up the way we set things up when we initially got together.” So for now the future of Velvet Revolver is still up in the air and, according to Weiland, his main gig, Stone Temple Pilots , are taking a break as well, freeing up a lot of his time. Weiland plans to stay busy with his solo band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, with some upcoming live shows and a new studio album in the works for 2013. In other news, Weiland recently announced his engagement to girlfriend Jamie Wachtel. [button href=”” title=”Next: Slash Talks Scott Weiland’s ‘Diva Behavior’” align=”center”]  

Duff McKagan Regrets Not Receiving Royalties from ‘The Simpsons’ Beverage Duff Beer

Fox Last year, former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver / Loaded bassist Duff McKagan revealed in his autobiography, ‘It’s So Easy: And Other Lies,’ that the iconic ‘Simpsons’ animated beverage Duff Beer was named after him. McKagan happily agreed for ‘The Simpsons’ to use his name, but now the bassist has admitted that he regrets not cashing in on the opportunity. McKagan writes in the book, “When Guns N’ Roses began to break into the public consciousness, I was known as a big drinker. A production company working on a new animated series called me to ask if they could use the name “Duff” for a brand of beer in the show. I laughed and said of course, no problem. The whole thing sounded like a low-rent art project or something — I mean, who made cartoons for adults? Little did I know that the show would become ‘The Simpsons’ and that within a few years I would start to see Duff Beer glasses and gear everywhere we toured.” Back when the young bassist gave the residents of Springfield permission to drink his namesake brew, McKagan admits that he wasn’t as business-minded as he should have been. “I knew nothing about branding yourself then or the royalties off it,” McKagan tells British newspaper The Independent . “I just thought cool, they wanna use my name and boom, ‘The Simpsons’ was born. Yeah, if I had a nickel for every time…but it’s fine.” Duff McKagan’s Loaded are set to perform a handful of dates in the coming months, including a Sunset Strip show with Social Distortion and some 2013 Soundwave Festival dates throughout Australia. [button href=”” title=”Duff McKagan Offers Advice For Surviving a Tour” align=”center”]

Slash to Release Limited-Edition Deluxe Four-Disc Box Set

Eagle Rock Slash fans in the U.K. and Europe are in for a special treat this winter when a limited run of a new deluxe packaged Slash CD/DVD box sets will hit the market on Dec. 3. The special set includes the ‘Made In Stoke 24/07/11’ DVD where Slash rocks out some of his best solo tunes combined with songs from the Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver catalog in addition to a single CD edit of the concert. The set also includes Slash’s latest studio release ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ and his previously unreleased DVD, ‘Live From New York.’ The four-disc set will come packaged with a 60-page hardcover book sporting many previously unreleased photos of the top-hatted one. Fans in the U.S. hoping to score a copy of the box set will have a small window of opportunity as well. SlashOnline will have a handful of imports but supplies will be limited. Slash is currently winding down his North American touring, with a show in Springfield, Mo. tonight, and performances in Oakland and Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday before jetting off to Europe and South America for a majority of the remainder of the year. [button href=”” title=”Next: Slash Reveals Animated ‘Bad Rain’ Video” align=”center”] View the full track listing for all four discs below: Disc One: ‘Made in Stoke 24/07/11’ DVD 1. ‘Been There Lately’ 2. ‘Nightrain’ 3. ‘Ghost’ 4. ‘Mean Bone’ 5. ‘Back From Cali’ 6. ‘Rocket Queen’ 7. ‘Civil War’ 8. ‘Nothing to Say’ 9. ‘Starlight’ 10. ‘Promise’ 11. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 12. Speed Parade 13. ‘Watch This’ 14. ‘Beggars & Hangers On’ 15. ‘Patience’ 16. ‘Godfather Solo’ 17. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ 18. ‘Slither’ 19. ‘By the Sword’ 20. ‘Mr. Brownstone’ 21. ‘Paradise City’ Bonus Features: Interviews with Slash, Myles Kennedy and Uncle Ian Disc Two: ‘Made in Stoke 24/07/11′ CD 1. ‘Been There Lately’ 2. ‘Ghost’ 3. ‘Mean Bone’ 4. ‘Back From Cali’ 5. ‘Starlight’ 6. ‘Promise’ 7. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 8. ‘Speed Parade’ 9. ‘Watch This’ 10. ‘Patience’ 11. ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ 12. ‘Slither’ 13.’By the Sword’ 14. ‘Paradise City’ Disc Three: ‘Apocalyptic Love’ CD 1. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ 2. ‘One Last Thrill’ 3. ‘Standing in the Sun’ 4. ‘You’re a Lie’ 5. ‘No More Heroes’ 6. ‘Halo’ 7. ‘We Will Roam’ 8. ‘Anastasia’ 9. ‘Not for Me’ 10. ‘Bad Rain’ 11. ‘Hard & Fast’ 12. ‘Far and Away’ 13. ‘Shots Fired’ Disc Four: ‘Live From New York’ DVD 1. ‘Mean Bone’ 2. ‘Dirty Little Thing’ 3. ‘Nightrain’ 4. ‘One Last Thrill’ 5. ‘Back From Cali’ 6. ‘Ghost’ 7. ‘Standing in the Sun’ 8. ‘Rocket Queen’ 9. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 10. ‘Speed Parade’ 11. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ 12. ‘Watch This’ 13. ‘Starlight’ 14. ‘Just Like Anything’ 15. ‘Halo’ 16.’ You’re a Lie’ 17. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ 18. ‘Slither’ 19. ‘By the Sword’ 20. ‘Paradise City’

Duff McKagan on Status of Velvet Revolver’s Lead Singer Search: It’s Nowhere

Jo Hale, Getty Images Over the course of his illustrious career, Duff McKagan has been in a lot of bands — and he touched on pretty much all of them during a recent interview with FasterLouder , looking back on his stints with Guns N’ Roses and Neurotic Outsiders while looking ahead to his future with Loaded , as well as weighing in on where Velvet Revolver might be headed. “I have no idea,” McKagan admitted when asked where the search is at in the effort to replace Scott Weiland in the band’s long-vacant lead singer slot. “I think it’s at nowhere. I think everybody just kind of got sick of talking about it, because there’s really no guy, so there’s nothing that me or Slash or Matt [Sorum] or Dave [Kushner] could say that would change the course of this question. So there’s nobody now, I think the longer that Slash is out touring, and that I’m out touring, people will stop asking as much. Maybe once it’s settled down, we’ll find the guy.” Asked which of his bands he’s most proud of, McKagan diplomatically responded, “I’m just proud of the fact people will still come and see me play. I don’t know if there’s one band in particular. I think just the whole arc has been jaw dropping for me, really. I’m proud of it all.” That includes his split from Jane’s Addiction , which he says happened because his tenure was always “more to service that band … for a minute.” He added, “It’s weird for me, a guy who’s always started his own bands, it’s kinda hard to come into a band with a 20-plus year history and try and fit in.” As for his current group Loaded, it sounds like McKagan is just out having fun; as he noted at one point during the interview, “If you see me doing something, I like doing it. … Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t pay all the bills for sure. Record sales pay some of the bills, but these days no one’s really making a ton of money from selling records, maybe Linkin Park or Pearl Jam .” [button href=”” title=”Duff McKagan Shares Post 9/11 Battle With Depression” align=”center”]