This feud is going to make for a great rock song someday.
Three of the four members of the Stone Temple Pilots, including guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, issued a statement Wednesday morning saying that lead singer Scott Weiland "had been terminated" from the group, Rolling Stone reports.
However, Weiland apparently isn't taking the pink slip too seriously. In his own statement released hours later, Weiland denied that he was out of the group. "I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press," he said. "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."
The dueling statements follow months of rumors that Weiland was no longer a part of the group and were fueled by an interview rocker Slash gave months ago saying Weiland had been fired. "STP has not broken up," Weiland said in an interview with Rolling Stone Tuesday. "I haven't quit. I haven't been fired."
Weiland went on to say that group was discussing their next possible tour, but also acknowledged some bumps in the road. "There were some hurt egos," Weiland said. "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."
Weiland's solo tour will focus on material primarily from Stone Temple Pilots' first two albums. The group, which was formed in 1986, previously separated in 2003 before getting back together in 2008.