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Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland continues to maintain that "no one in the band can be fired" in the wake of the rest of the group doing just that to him last week. But while Weiland said last week that his dismissal was a publicity stunt concocted to "boost ticket sales" -- for some mysterious, unannounced tour -- he now has told Spin that the whole affair is "something that has taken on its own life. Behind the scenes, it's really not anything different than what was going on before."

Weiland sounded a bit more subdued when he added, "(STP) really have been together a long time and I'm proud of that. I really do like those guys and it hurts my feelings when we aren't getting along, because I view them as family."

But Weiland also maintained that he had not officially lost his job with the group, saying, "There are some issues that have to be worked out with STP, but they're the same issues that have been going on since the end of the last tour. Nobody in the band can be fired . . . and no one's ever quit the band."

The other members of STP have not commented on the matter since issuing a statement on February 27th revealing that Weiland had been "terminated."

He previously parted with the group in 2002, reuniting with them six years later after he was kicked out of Velvet Revolver.

Rumors of Weiland being fired again from STP first surfaced in December after Slash revealed the news in a radio station interview. Weiland called the rumors "hearsay" just one day before he was let go.

The singer and his solo band The Wildabouts are currently on a tour -- playing the first two STP albums -- that stops in Boston on Thursday night (March 7th).

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