Scott Weiland in 2011. (Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Stone Temple Pilots fired its longtime lead singer Wednesday — and his pink slip apparently came via a press release. In a one-sentence announcement, the ’90s grunge-lite superstars declared “they have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” No further explanation. Interesting to note that he was about to launch a solo tour, including a March 11 stop at D.C.’s Howard Theatre, performing old STP albums. Without STP. Weiland, who has battled addictions over the years, told AP he learned about it from the press. — but instead of the old “you can’t fire me, I quit!” struck a more defiant tone:

“Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits,” he wrote, “but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out.” (We know what you’re thinking: Stone Temple Pilots is still together? Yes! In fact, they got back together five years ago; the Post praised their comeback tour as “derivative but plenty catchy, insubstantial yet memorable” and their reunion album as “perfectly fine, but not essential.”)

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