Go ahead and scratch the possibility of another Stone Temple Pilots reunion show for the summer concert lineup.
This morning the band tweeted: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.”
They didn't actually kill their lead singer, because he was alive enough this afternoon to post 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."
It's been a long ordeal for both parties ever since the singer's substance abuse problems arose around 1996, following the band's third (and perhaps best) album, "Tiny Music: Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop)."
The band broke up in 2002, after two more albums, and then regrouped in 2008, eventually releasing a self-titled comeback album in 2010. In between breaks, there was Velvet Revolver, Army of Anyone, solo projects, etc.
We had the dubious honor of hosting STP here in 2010 (First Niagara Pavilion) and 2011 (Station Square). I skipped the '11 show based on the '10 show, which happened right after the accusations of Weiland lip-synching, based on the vocal continuing after he fell off the stage at a previous show.
Lip-synching may have been an improvement on that Burgettstown gig because his vocals were subpar (some blamed the sound mix) and it was clear that STP was out of sync with its frontman. The energy of the show just died about midway through, partly due to his ranting and the band's odd noodling.
Now, amidst the Internet drama, there's a fanbase divided -- right on Weiland's facebook page -- based on the comments:
STP without Scott? That's an oxymoron. Or a double negative. Does not compute. Terminal error. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Dude seriously Scott Whineland, get over urself and grow the f up! U couldnt even handle a show in as small of a town as here in Clarkston. U need to get some serious help. Go to rehab or a hospital or whatever u gotta do! I dont feel sorry at all for u. Ur a grown ass man and they fired u becuz u r f'ing up! Grow some [b---] and be a man. I havent liked ur [s---] since the 90s anyways.