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Scott Weiland Not Closing Door on Stone Temple Pilots Return After ‘Reactionary’ Firing

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Although Scott Weiland isn’t happy with the recent announcement that he was fired from Stone Temple Pilots, he hoping there will be a reconciliation in the future. In a new interview with the Youngstown News’ Vindicator, Weiland says that he feels his ousting was a “reactionary” decision and doesn’t feel the door has closed on his time with the band.

“They’ve done it before, and they can do it again,” says Weiland of the firing. “They’re good players, I respect them all. Every band has issues. I just think sometimes people say things before they really think about it. I know I’ve done that in the past. I was guilty of it with Velvet Revolver after myself and Matt [Sorum] got into an argument backstage before an encore. That led me to say that I wasn’t going to play anymore shows with those guys.”

The singer added, “I think the fact that this tour was doing so well [in ticket sales] was a reactionary thing on their part. But it actually isn’t quite so simple.” When asked if he was done working with STP, the vocalist simply stated, “Definitely not.”

In fact, in another interview with the Cleveland Scene, Weiland said he already had ideas about where the band’s future should take them. Unhappy with the length of time it took STP to make its last album, the frontman says, “If we’re going to do something, we need to get back in the studio with Brendan O’Brien who has a track record with us and get re-inspired artistically again. We need to do it that way and get out there on the road and get out there with some excitement and not just turn our legacy into what Journey or Foreigner is. That’s not what we’re about. That’s not why we got into this. That’s not at all what I’m about.”

Meanwhile, as his future with Stone Temple Pilots works itself out, Weiland has been working on an album with his solo band The Wildabouts. He tells the Youngstown News that they’re currently halfway finished with the disc. He adds, “Previous solo albums of mine have been art records, really, because I’ve been in two big rock bands that everyone kind of had their influences and some of the songs have not really been my cup of tea. So I’ve made records that have been totally about the type of music that I’ve been into. For this record, I’ve been playing with these guys a long time and it’s time to have it not just be Scott Weiland, but give it a band name.”

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