Scott Weiland was unable to say much in a late-July phone interview about his firing earlier this year from Stone Temple Pilots because of a lawsuit filed by his former band that seeks to prevent him from using the group’s name or its songs.
“I’m still blown away that this thing has come to this,” was about all the singer could say. “There are a lot of things that I’m blown away by about it. But it’s sad. But I really can’t talk about any of the stuff around it.”
That was about the only time during the in-depth interview that Weiland was at a loss for words, as he addressed a wide range of
topics, including his current tour which stops over at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, life in Stone Temple Pilots through
the years and his marriages.
Weiland is currently on a second leg of his “Purple at the Core” tour with his solo band, the Wildabouts, playing a show that predominantly features material from the first two Stone Temple Pilots albums, “Core” (1992) and “Purple” (1994).
Stone Temple Pilots, meanwhile, has recruited Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington to take Weiland’s slot on a fall tour and will release an EP.
Not much has been said officially about what led to Weiland’s firing, although the band’s lawsuit asserts that Weiland was chronically late to the group’s 2012 concerts, delivered inconsistent live performances and interacted with his bandmates (Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz) only through his attorneys or management.
Of course, Weiland couldn’t address any of those specifics.
What he did discuss was whether he and his Stone Temple Pilots mates spent much time together other than on stage. It’s been widely
reported that Weiland recorded his parts for the band’s 2010 self-titled album (the group’s first release since reuniting after a
2002 breakup that lasted until 2008) in his own studio, while the other band members recorded separately in another facility.
“No, we weren’t hanging out much,” Weiland said, noting that life in the band changed after the “Purple” album. “That’s kind
of when it stopped. We were all chummy and chummy and all that up until then.”
“Purple” gave Stone Temple Pilots its second straight multi-platinum album, but it wasn’t long before things went south. By this time Weiland had been using heroin and soon his drug use and personal problems became headline news. The band had to cancel most of its 1996-97 tour and then the group went on hiatus.
Weiland made a solo album, “12 Bar Blues,” during this period, and then in 1999 Stone Temple Pilots regrouped and made its
fourth album, “No. 4,” followed in 2001 by the album, “Shangri-La Dee Da.” But things in the band deteriorated, and after he and guitarist
Dean DeLeo got into an altercation during the final show of the “Shangri-La Dee Da” tour in 2002, the band broke up.
The singer, though, landed on his feet, joining former Guns ‘N Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in supergroup Velvet Revolver. The group released a pair of successful albums, 2004’s “Contraband” and 2007’s “Libertad,” before Weiland split with Velvet Revolver, made a second solo album, 2008’s “Happy In Galoshes,” and then reunited with Stone Temple Pilots.
Having now been dismissed by Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland and his band the Wildabouts are touring and also working on a new album. Unlike
“12 Bar Blues” and “Happy In Galoshes,” which Weiland described as being like art projects, the new CD is a full-on band effort with the
“This record is going to be different,” he said. “It’s a rock band writing songs together, jamming songs together, recording
songs like as a band and writing songs together, collaborating, listening to each other’s ideas. There’s a dub feel to it, like Lee
‘Scratch” Perry kind of, in the way that the Clash kind of used it. There’s a Clash kind of vibe to it, which kind of leads to, at times
when we rev it up a little bit, almost a Libertines-y kind of thing, just a Brit-pop sort of kind of thing in a sense. But then there’s
also this thing we touched on that’s like, it’s like the ‘60s groove pop thing that sounds really kind of underground, but it’s
His personal life is also looking up. In addition to his much-chronicled drug problems (he was arrested four times between 1995
and 2007 on drug-related offenses and most recently went through rehab in 2008), Weiland has gone through two marriages and divorces.
But in June, Weiland married again, this time to photographer Jamie Wachtel. He met Wachtel on a photo shoot while
filming a video for his version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” from his 2011 holiday album, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
Weiland said the two had a quick connection, and early on he knew something special was happening.
“Now we’re married and it’s awesome,” he said. “She doesn’t take any shit from me and she’s very smart, she’s funny. She’s
also an artist, plays piano and she sings. So it’s really great. I think we’re going to, we’ve been talking about the possibility of having another
addition to the family.”