Stone Temple Pilots fire Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots visit fuse Studios on May 20, 2010, in New York. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Updated 7:34 PM ET

The Stone Temple Pilots have fired singer Scott Weiland.

In a one-sentence news release Wednesday, publicist Kymm Britton said: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." No other information was provided.

In a statement, Weiland responded: "I learned of my supposed `termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. 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."

Weiland said he's focusing on his solo tour, which kicks off Friday in Flint, Mich.

The band's 1992 debut, "Core," has sold more than 8 million units in the United States. Their hits include "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song" and "Plush," which won a Grammy in 1993 for best hard rock performance with vocal.

Weiland was also in the supergroup Velvet Revolver with Slash and other musicians.

The 45-year-old has previously dealt with drug addiction, two failed marriages, and multiple run-ins with the law.

Weiland was arrested in 1995 for attempting to buy crack cocaine before being arrested again two years later for heroin possession. In 1999, the singer was ordered to spend a year in a county-jail recovery center due to a probation violation. He also entered rehab following a DUI arrest in November 2007.

Weiland released his memoir, "Not Dead & Not for Sale," in 2011.

The Stone Temple Pilots' last album was their self-titled 2010 release.

  • CBS News Staff

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