Scott Weiland's abrupt termination from the Stone Temple Pilots this morning caught many people off guard, the band's lead singer included. Weiland says in a statement issued through his rep that he learned of the news from the media.
In his remarks, Weiland also pushes back at the idea that he can be fired by the group he's fronted for a quarter of a century.
"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," he says.
Weiland ends on a positive note, mentioning he's "looking forward to seeing all of my fans" on his solo tour that begins on Friday.
Earlier Wednesday a rep for STP issued a single-line statement announcing the split: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."
An official reason for the termination has not been disclosed by either camp. Immediate plans for the multi-platinum rock band -- including whether they intend on finding a new singer -- are also being kept under wraps.
Weiland formed the band with guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz in San Diego in the late 1980s. The heavy, grunge-inspired sound of their debut album, "Core," arrived at the perfect time in late 1992 and accounts for 5 million of the band's 13.3 million total albums sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
They broke up once before, in 2002, but reunited several years later and have launched several tours as well as a self-titled album in 2010.
Weiland's Full Statement:
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.