Weiland dead at 48: Scott Weiland, the former frontman for rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died, his Facebook page confirmed early Friday morning (Dec. 4). Below is a story and interview The Marquee conducted with the singer earlier this year. By Brian F. Johnson
If Scott Weiland plays any songs from the Stone Temple Pilots catalog when he’s on tour (which he’s almost certain to do) it will be an indifferent strike against a pending lawsuit that he and the group he founded in the mid-eighties are both embroiled in.
Weiland, who claims he learned of his 2013 “termination” from STP through the press, is being sued by the band to prevent him from calling himself a former member of STP and the suit goes on to demand that Weiland not perform any STP material, even though he co-wrote many of the songs. He’s offered his own countersuit, but both cases are still ongoing.
To Weiland, however, those lawsuits are a simple annoyance, a distraction from his newest project Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, which in fact isn’t really a new project at all.
“We used to be a five piece, and they were my backing band. I’ve been playing on and off with them for nine years,” said Scott Weiland in a recent interview with The Marquee. “We decided we wanted to make it leaner and we cut it down to a four piece, and when STP was over we decided to form the band.”
The Wildabouts wasted little time and shortly after returning from a tour they found themselves in Weiland’s Lavish Studios in Los Angeles, working on new collaborative material that Weiland describes as “furry.” “It’s like, furry, like fuzzy,” he said. “It stems from the whole concept from the very beginning which was to come up with a unique sound to the album before we even started writing songs. To do that we came up with a guitar tone that would tie the entire album together, that was very fuzzy. It’s a really unique sound that is the combination of a few different stomp boxes. I didn’t want to use the typical Marshall amp distortion. I wanted to create something fresh and new that I hadn’t done before.”
The final result is Blaster a retro-modern 12-song garage-y rock and roll album that has an indie feel to it. “It’s a very rock and roll album but to me, I don’t know, it just sounds furry,” Weiland said.
Weiland proudly explained that Blaster is “not a solo album.” He said that once they had nailed down the tone and the concept of the album that they wanted to make, each of the members went home and demoed material to bring back to the table. “The guys would bring in home demos that they made of songs instrumentally, or riffs and what not, and we’d work it all out and I’d write the lyrics and melodies, and then we’d do demos of those songs before we went and recorded them. It was a very collaborative effort,” he said.
Throughout the recording schedule, though, the band continued to tour, which broke up the recording sessions. While some artists might struggle with that stop-start schedule, Weiland said that he and the Wildabouts actually thrived under that non-linear routine. “No, it really helped,” he said. “It didn’t force us into cram-writing. Each song was different and each song came about differently.”
A few years ago in a radio interview Weiland said that touring had become like punching a time clock and that the whole process had taken its toll on him. But now, with the Wildabouts in place and Blaster coming out in late-March, Weiland said he’s excited to get back on the road. “We give 190 percent every show that we do and I still move around on stage like a whirling dervish — my manic energy is still in full effect. But playing with The Wildabouts and having new material makes it very exciting and keeps it from being boring.”
and the Wildabouts
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