Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Scott Weiland Dumped from Velvet Revolver; to Tour with STP

Singer Scott Weiland is no longer part of the rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, according to a statement from the other members of the band yesterday. The brief statement referred to Weiland's "increasingly erratic" behavior as the cause for the split; Weiland has long battled heroin addiction and has been in and out of jail and rehab a number of times over the years.

"This band is all about its fans and its music and Scott Weiland isn't 100 percent committed to either," said guitarist Slash in the announcement.

Apparently Weiland is not erratic enough for his old mates from Stone Temple Pilots to undertake a summer tour with the 40-year-old singer. STP has recently reunited and is to announce dates for its upcoming tour.

Weiland responded to the Velvet Revolver statement with one of his own in which he says in part, "The truth of the matter is that the band had not gotten along on multiple levels for some time," and that he looked forward to playing again with Stone Temple Pilots, "performing with a group of friends I have known my entire life, people who have always had my back."

After Stone Temple Pilots broke up, Weiland became the lead singer for Velvet Revolver, which features three former members of Guns N' Roses, including Slash, as well as another guitarist, Dave Kushner.

There could be a number of factors contributing to the split besides the official one from Velvet Revolver. Weiland said during a performance last month that it would be Velvet Revolver's last tour. And Weiland had already planned to tour with Stone Temple Pilots. Also, an article in Entertainment Weekly says that some insiders claim that Slash was jealous of all the attention the upcoming Stone Temple Pilots tour was getting.

The Stone Temple Pilots is set to begin on May 17 at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

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