Q&A: Scott Weiland on STP, Velvet Revolver and His Solo Tour
Scott Weiland in Sacramento, California, Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
It's been a pretty crazy week for Scott Weiland. For the past few days, he's been rehearsing with his solo band the Wildabouts for their upcoming Purple at the Core tour, which will focus almost entirely on material from the first two Stone Temple Pilots albums. It kicks off March 1st in Flint, Michigan and runs through the entire month. Weiland called Rolling Stone on Tuesday afternoon to chat, and we asked him about Slash's statement that STP had fired him. He emphatically denied it. Sixteen hours later, the band put out a single-sentence press release: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."
Weiland's camp says they were stunned by the announcement, and later that day Weiland put out his own statement explaining that he learned the news from the press. "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded fronted and co-wrote many of their biggest hits," he said. "But that's something for the lawyers to figure out."
In this Q&A from Tuesday, Weiland addresses the state of STP, his desire to reunite with Velvet Revolver and the plans for his solo tour.
Tell me how this tour came together.
I've been touring with my solo band for a little while and we have a really tight chemistry, and a tight friendship. It became important for me to give them a name, so we went with Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. It just feels right. We're working on a rock & roll record. Over the last month we've recorded close to 30 songs. It's really lean and raw, sort of like garage rock.
I though it would be cool to launch a record like that by going out and doing the early Stone Temple Pilots songs. STP were originally supposed to go out and play Core this year. I was really excited and I talked to the press about it, but the rest of the band didn't want to do it. So I went and talked to agents and my entertainment lawyer and the managers, and we decided to do a selection of songs from Purple and Core, as well as a couple space jams and maybe some covers that will change from night to night. All of a sudden there was a big groundswell of interest that just took on a life of its own.
How much of the show will be devoted to Core and Purple?
Easily 90 to 95 percent of it.
Are you playing the albums straight through?
No. It would be impossible. We were into the real long show thing and we had a feeling it might happen, but people just don't have the same attention spans. Core was 59 complete minutes, and Purple was like 46 minutes-plus. Then you add in a couple of space jams, and a couple of covers here or there, and a couple of our own songs for an encore, and we're easily at an hour and a half, which is pretty perfect for us right now.
I see about 17 shows on the schedule. Are you planning on doing more after that?
Yeah, we're going to be taking a break and then coming back. I haven't seen the full routing sheet yet, but I think it will late April and then through May.
What's it like to play these STP songs with different musicians? I'd imagine it's a very different sort of energy.
Yeah, but it's a lot of fun, because we do different arrangements of the songs. There's certain songs, like "Vaseline," that are very, very similar, and then there are other songs that are changed a lot.