Rolling Stone have published their full interview with former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. The interview was done on Tuesday night, just hours before Stone Temple Pilots confirmed that they had fired Weiland.
On Slash saying STP fired him: “Oh, no no no. 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.”
“As far as STP is concerned, it’s a partnership. It’s always been that way. It’s not a situation where . . . I started the band. I’m not tooting my own horn in any way. It’s a thing that was started by my old guitar player and Robert [DeLeo], and we’ve always kept things going. We’ve gone and taken time off before. They’ve done their own band. If they do another project, obviously not under the name STP, just like I’m doing my own solo thing right now, that would be great. I’ve always supported them. But no one’s been fired, and I haven’t quit. So that’s all hearsay.”
On his reputation of being difficult to work with: “Yeah, I think it’s kind of unfair. I mean, I’ve been difficult in the past. I think most of that has to do with with, you know, the 1990s . . . that sort of stuff that came from that decade. But it’s difficult. Do I show up onstage late sometimes? That’s something I could definitely work on. I’m human. Is there a person that shows up to work perfectly on time every day? I suppose there’s a perfect attendance award that’s given out to some employees at some place, but . . . it’s something that . . . I think that a majority of it has to do with things from the past. People read things on Google and they have these perceptions, these misconceived perceptions of who you are. At times that hurts, because they really don’t know who I am.”
3. Blood for Poppies
4. Push It
5. Metal Heart
7. Why Do You Love Me
8. #1 Crush
9. I Think I’m Paranoid
10. I Hate Love
12. Man on a Wire
13. When I Grow Up
14. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
15. Cup of Coffee
16. Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
17. Only Happy When It Rains
19. You Look So Fine
21. Stupid Girl
22. Beloved Freak
Somebody send them a big money offer so they’ll get back together!
Stone Temple Pilots’ firing of frontman Scott Weiland yesterday has divided fans. Many are angry at STP for booting Scott and have vowed to stay by his side, while others think Weiland deserved his firing due to showing up late at shows and causing shows to be canceled. Whose side are you on, Team STP (DeLeo brothers/Eric Kretz) or Team Weiland?
More news is expected to come out from the firing, but STP’s manager (photographed below) could not be reached for comment.
After months of speculation, dating back to September when we originally reported the rumors, Stone Temple Pilots unceremoniously fired frontman Scott Weiland yesterday. Weiland last year unsuccessfully campaigned to reunite Velvet Revolver, but Slash shot down the possibility by saying he will never be in a band with Weiland again and saying that Weiland is “out of his mind.” Weiland has a solo career with his solo group the Wildabouts and a tour coming up, but what else can he do for money? Weiland has revealed in interviews with Howard Stern that he needs to make a lot of money due to past divorces, so what should Weiland do now after his fall outs with STP and Velvet Revolver to keep rolling in the dough?
1. Reincarnate Bing Crosby for a Christmas Carols Duet Tour
2. Form a supergroup with former Smashing Pumpkins members James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin
3. Wrestle for Billy Corgan’s Resistance Pro Wrestling and become Resistance Pro Heavyweight Champion
4. Become Nirvana’s new frontman! Weiland can make bank touring with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear
5. Successfully sue Stone Temple Pilots to gain rights to the name and use it for his solo band (Axl style)
6. Steal Billy Corgan’s Walter E. Smithe sponsorship deal
7. New Reality Show – Scott Weiland, Reality Sucks
8. Hop on the Mark McGrath and Friends Cruise with Sugar Ray, Everclear, Ed Rolland of Collective Soul, and Ed Kowalczyk of Live
Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder discussed the next future Smashing Pumpkins album in a recent interview with LRI. “Yeah, we’re at home in Chicago and we’re really starting to work on a new album. We’re at the very, very beginning stages, we’re not actually recording but just starting to work on new material. We’re actually going to be doing a few more amphitheatre and festival dates supporting “OCEANIA” through May and then June and July we are doing to be doing a European tour. One of the big Midwest dates here is the Rock On The Range festival in Ohio, we are playing Saturday night (May 18th) there in Columbus. So, there are still more dates for “OCEANIA” but in the downtime we are gonna start pounding ahead and working on the next album.”
Crestfallen are reporting that the Smashing Pumpkins are confirmed for a show in Atlanta on May 10th at 8pm. Tickets for the show go on sale March 3rd at 10am. You can find out information for that show here
The Pumpkins are also rumored to announce other dates to take place in the Southern United States. Those rumored dates are as follows
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland posted the following on his Facebook page:
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.”
Mad Season has released a new EPK for the upcoming Above deluxe reissue. In a statement from Barrett Martin, the drummer states that the official trailer includes a “combination of old interviews and a new one that [he and Mike McCready] just did in Seattle. The EPK also includes “great live footage of the band from 1994-95 with Layne and Mark.”
Watch the new trailer for Mad Season’s Abovehere. The Above reissue will be released April 2, 2013.
UPDATE: Scott Weiland has released a statement on being fired
Stone Temple Pilots have released the following statement:
“Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland – no further information is available at this time.”
Just yesterday Weiland denied to Rolling Stone that he had been fired, “I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired.” He added, “Slash doesn’t know anything about STP. We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next.” So this news definitely must have caught Weiland off guard. He even said he never expected anybody to be fired from STP, “There were some hurt egos,” he says. “But that’s the way it is. 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.”
As I write this, Scott Weiland and STP are trending on Twitter. Slash said in December that STP had fired Weiland and that’s why he was desperately seeking to reunite with Velvet Revolver. Weiland’s final show with Stone Temple Pilots was on September 23, 2012 in Sacramento, California. Weiland co-found STP with Robert DeLeo in 1986, with Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo joining them in subsequent years. STP broke up in 2003, but reunited in 2008 for a massive reunion tour. The band released a self-titled comeback album in May 2010 with Weiland, which featured the radio hit “Between The Lines.”
Disappointing news that after all of these years the STP guys can’t be thankful that they’re all alive and just take a break instead of breaking up/firing Weiland. I guess we’ll see another reunion tour in a few years ago. The real question is, in the mean time, who will replace Weiland in STP?
(Possibly former) Stone Temple Pilots frontman discussed STP, his in the works third solo album, and his upcoming Purple To The Core tour in a new interview with MLive.com. Weiland blamed his STP bandmates for the 2012 Core 20th Anniversary tour not happening and turning into a standard Greatest Hits tour, “Well, originally, it was an idea I came up with for STP for the anniversary of ‘Core’ to do the ‘Core’ album in its entirety.” Weiland added, “The rest of the guys didn’t want to do it. So, it was still something that there was a lot of public interest in. Having that said, the idea was brought up to me through management. I talked to the guys in my solo band, The Wildabouts, and they were totally into it, as were the promoters. It worked out.” Weiland’s quote is odd though regarding his upcoming tour since Doug Grean has said they won’t be playing Core and Purple in their entirety, but rather select songs from the albums like STP were doing constantly from 2008-2012 (barring the few months in 2010 when they have several new songs in their setlist, probably the most exciting period of STP’s reunion era).
Weiland also discussed his third solo album being more of a mainstream rock album than his previous solo efforts, “Previously, it was an art project. We’re making a new album at this point. This is something where the new album is more of a rock ‘n’ roll album, as opposed to more of the sort of outside-the-box artistic sonic adventures that we’ve gone on in the past. The record that we’re making, hopefully will attract more of the STP and Velvet Revolver fans. I think it will also help that we’re doing this tour this way.”
Weiland did not discuss reports of him being fired from Stone Temple Pilots or Slash saying he will never reunite with Weiland in Velvet Revolver.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed his passion for professional wrestling in a new interview with Spinner. He also stated he plays the role of a heel, a wrestling term for villain, in public, “In my case, I’ve often played the public heel because I often feel that is sort of my role. I’m probably a guy that has a world-class gift but often I get treated sometimes like someone that just wandered into a grocery store and just happened to be standing there when the light bulb went on. I do get kind of pissy by being underappreciated and so at times I go kind of ‘Piper.’ I play the heel to draw attention to myself and most importantly to let people know I think I do belong in a room with everyone else.”
To all garbage fans in Sydney….because you have all been asking because of the fiasco at Soundwave, we wanted to remind you all that we are coming back to play another Sydney show on the 6th of March at The Star.
1. Automatic Systematic Habit
3. Blood for Poppies
4. Push It
5. Hammering in My Head
7. Why Do You Love Me
8. #1 Crush
9. I Think I’m Paranoid
11. Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
12. The One
13. Battle in Me
14. When I Grow Up
15. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
16. Only Happy When It Rains
18. You Look So Fine (Snippets – “This Perfect World” by Freedy Johnston, “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac)
19. Special (Snippet – “We Found Love” by Rihanna)
20. Stupid Girl
21. Beloved Freak
Note: This Sydney show is completely different & should not be confused with their recently cancelled Soundwave Sydney gig.
1. The Lung
2. Almost Fare
3. The Wagon
4. Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know
5. Watch the Corners
8. Out There
9. Feel the Pain
11. Training Ground (Deep Wound cover)
12. Start Choppin
13. Freak Scene
14. Forget the Swan
15. Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover)
Iggy Pop took a shot at Billy Corgan/The Smashing Pumpkins in a new video where he discusses the Stooges’ new album, “This is not the fucking Smashing Pumpkins, ‘we’ve got the bald guy and whoever…’ No. The Stooges are a real group.” BillCo has taken shots at several musicians in the press, but I don’t recall him ever going after Iggy Pop.