A day after the non-singing members of Velvet Revolver announced they were moving on without him, frontman Scott Weiland has responded to the move via a venom-filled statement.

A day after the non-singing members of Velvet Revolver announced they were moving on without him, frontman Scott Weiland has responded to the move via a venom-filled statement.

Weiland says he already "claimed the group dead in the water on March 20 in Glasgow," but was most upset by Slash's comment questioning his commitment to Velvet Revolver. As previously reported, Weiland will rejoin his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots this summer for their first tour in seven years.

"I have to say it is a blatant and tired excuse to cover up the truth," he says. "The truth of the matter is that the band had not gotten along on multiple levels for some time. On a musical level, there were moments of joy, inspiration, fun ... at times, but let's not forget the multiple trips to rehab every member of the band had taken (with the exception of one member, no need to mention his name)."

Returning to STP, he says, will be a stark contrast to playing with "a handful of discontents who at one time used to call themselves a gang." And in a final dig, Weiland weighed in on Velvet Revolver's hunt for a new singer: "I think Sebastian Bach would be a fantastic choice," he said.

Velvet Revolver played their last show with Weiland last night (April 1) in Amsterdam. Stone Temple Pilots' first appearance will be in mid-May at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

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