As previously reported Stone Temple Pilots announced that they had “terminated” frontman Scott Weiland.
Hours after news of his dismissal, Weiland released his own statement.
“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.”
Weiland’s solo tour starts Friday in Flint, Michigan and the singer will reportedly be performing songs from Stone Temple Pilots’ first two albums, Core and Purple.
Stone Temple Pilots have announced that they have decided to part ways with singer Scott Weiland.
“Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland,” was all the press release stated regarding the band’s decision. It is unclear at the present time if they plan on carry on with a new vocalist.
Oddly enough, Scott Weiland told Rolling Stone yesterday (February 26th) that “STP has not broken up, I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired.” The rumors began a couple of months ago when Slash said in an interview that the band had fired the singer.
“Slash doesn’t know anything about STP,” Weiland continued yesterday. “We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next.” But he did admit that the group has been going through a rocky period. “There were some hurt egos,” he says. “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.”
In the meantime, Weiland will be launching a solo tour next month focusing almost entirely on material from the first two STP albums.
There are few artists you can single-handedly point to as being a trailblazers of a specific musical style. But when it comes to American heavy metal, Dust is one such band. Comprised of singer/guitarist/songwriter Richie Wise, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Marc Bell (with Kenny Kerner supplying lyrics and sharing songwriting and production duties), the band issued a pair of cult classic albums – 1971’s self-titled debut and 1972’s Hard Attack – before splitting up. Both albums have been long out-of-print, but headbangers will now get a chance to discover the legend, as Sony/Legacy will be reissuing both albums on a remastered (from the original analog master tapes) single CD on April 16th, with a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl version released on April 20th.
“We were loud and fast, and it was just unreal,” recalls Wise. “Even when we played low, we were 20 times louder than everybody else. When we got our record deal, I got three Marshall stacks, Kenny Aaronson bought four Acoustic 360 watt amps, Marc bought this huge set of Ludwigs with a big 28-inch bass drum. On stage, it was just an amazing amount of exhale – not a whole lot of inhale.”
And while they may not have acquired fame with Dust, all four aforementioned contributors found success elsewhere – Bell as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Grammy Award-winning drummer for the Ramones (after changing his name to Marky Ramone), Aaronson as a bassist-for-hire with rock’s elite (Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett), and Kerner & Wise as a successful production duo (who produced Kiss’ first two classic albums).
As evidenced by such metallic rockers as From A Dry Camel,Suicide, and Stone Woman, the band had no problem matching the power and the fury of such peers as Black Sabbath.
“Musically, locally, we stuck out,” explains Bell. “We were teenagers, but we were pretty developed as musicians – concerning that genre. Nobody else in Brooklyn that I knew of could do what we could do as a threesome. And we had a style. Yeah, we could all play blues and rock, but we took it further. We took it to different time changes within the songs, and people weren’t doing that at that time.”
With modern day technology at their disposal, the newly remastered Dust release rocks harder than ever before – as the band worked directly with the original master tapes. “We tweaked it a bit,” points out Aaronson. “But didn’t want to stray too far from the original, because that’s what people who do know it are used to. If it was up to me, I was thinking, ‘I wish I could remix the whole record,’ but the remastering was nice.”
But it’s the quality of Dust’s music that has persevered all these years, and the proof is within the upcoming ‘Dust/Hard Attack’ reissue. “I think the music is relevant today,” says Kerner. “I think young kids who never heard it before will find new metal heroes, and people who grew up with Dust will rekindle their love for this music and this band!”
Rob Zombie’s new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor via will be released on April 22nd, and the album’s first single Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town is streaming online. Listen to it here.
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor Tracklist:
1. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
2. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
3. Revelation Revolution
4. Theme For The Rat Vendor
5. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
6. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
7. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
8. White Trash Freaks
9. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover)
10. Lucifer Rising
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
Former KISS rocker Ace Frehley might need to kiss his home goodbye after a bank has accused him of not paying the mortgage.
U.S. Bank National Association claims Frehley, who was the lead guitarist during the heyday of the famed heavy metal band, stopped paying the mortgage on his Yorktown, New York, house nearly two years ago, The Journal News is reporting.
In a February 15th foreclosure filing, the bank asked the court to order a sale of the house to pay for the outstanding principle of $703,581.48 plus other charges. In 2006, the rock star borrowed the money for a single family home on just over three acres that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The 2,441 square foot house has two floors.
Records also reveal Frehley’s house has almost two years of unpaid taxes, according to The Journal report.
Frehley, 61, left KISS for good in 2002 after the group’s purported “farewell tour.” In a 2009 interview to promote his solo album, Anomaly, he said he had kicked drugs and booze.