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Scott Weiland: My STP Firing Was Just a Marketing Ploy

Image courtesy of ScottWeiland.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ScottWeiland.com (via ABC News Radio)

Depending on the source, Scott Weiland is either still a member of Stone Temple Pilots or the band's former singer.

Weiland himself insists that STP is fully intact. He tells TMZ.com , "STP is not broken up. It's a whole thing to try to boost ticket sales," referring to a purported tour his band mates were organizing without him.

Weiland further argues to TMZ that the band's contract forbids potential future incarnations of the group from using the STP name. Therefore, he believes, there's no way he's been fired.

As for the future of the on-hiatus supergroup Velvet Revolver , Weiland tells Rolling Stone "it's not something I can count on," but he's definitely game for reuniting with guitarist Slash , bassist Duff McKagan , guitarist Dave Kushner and drummer Matt Sorum .

"It would be a great thing," Weiland says in an interview with Rolling Stone .  "I know the fans would love to see it."

For the time being, however, Weiland says he's focused on a solo career and working with his backing band The Wildabouts . They've recorded nearly 30 songs that he describes as "really lean and raw, sort of like garage rock."

Weiland and the The Wildabouts will launch a tour Friday night in Michigan. He'll be performing STP’s first two albums, 1992’s Core and 1994’s Purple , during the tour.

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