Interview: Scott Weiland On The Rise & Fall Of Stone Temple Pilots

Photo credit: Jamie Weiland

“Why did you become such a douche to me?”

I knew it was coming.

As I walked into Scott Weiland’s room on his tour bus outside of the House of Blues Anaheim in Downtown Disney, I had a feeling that the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman may be aware of Alternative Nation’s critical coverage of him over the last couple of years. When Weiland posed that question to me immediately after I shook his hand, I told him I’m a huge fan and I don’t enjoy writing negative stories about him, but that many of them come directly from his most die hard fans on Stone Temple Pilots’ number one fansite: BelowEmpty.com. Weiland had never heard of it.

I mentioned that I get a lot of my Stone Temple Pilots news and reviews from that forum, just like I do with other fansites like PearlJamOnline. Weiland didn’t understand why’d I’d listen to those types of people, the types who will get upset when they don’t get an autograph. I then told Scott that there is an emphasis on the negative stories and those are the ones that get picked up from other sites, and that we actually did more to pay tribute to his late guitarist Jeremy Brown than any other site on the internet, and cover him more extensively than anyone. Weiland’s Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black, who was also in the room for the interview, agreed that the internet tends to focus on the negative these days.

I also told Scott many stories I do on him are based on other interviews he does with shitty generic questions, or ones that sensationalize his issues, which leads to me having to do stories on those poor interviews that have unflattering headlines since that’s the news out there on him. I told him that this interview is his chance to actually get his side of the story out there to his fans. At this point, we seemed to come to an understanding, as the questions on my coverage of him stopped. It was a conversation that I was glad we had, as there have been many misconceptions on how we cover Scott Weiland on Alternative Nation, and it really helped clear the air and move us in a positive direction to start the interview.

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Alternative Nation: I’ve got on an Aladdin Sane David Bowie shirt, so I was wondering what some of your favorite David Bowie songs are?

Scott Weiland: Most of my favorite David Bowie songs were from Low, Lodger, and Heroes.

AN: I’d love to see you cover “Panic in Detroit,” that’s one of my favorite Bowie songs.

SW: Yeah, I’d love to do that as well.

AN: Or how about a Bowie covers album? I think that would be really cool.

SW: Yeah, that would be cool, but it seems a little too obvious, though.

AN: Now I want to get back to the very beginning, something that’s always interested me. I’ve read your book, I’ve interviewed your original manager Steve Stewart, I’ve talked to the other STP guys [Dean DeLeo, Eric Kretz] about the early days of the band. There’s so much vague and contradictory information out there about the Mighty Joe Young and the Swing years. When it comes to you and Robert [DeLeo], it’s been said that you first saw him play at a UCI frat house then saw him again a year later.

SW: No, not a UCI frat house, he used to come and watch us play at a place called Kiss the Club. When we were teenagers, we’d play there three times a week, and he would come and watch us play, and he would come up and play on a song or two. When I decided with my best friend and guitar player Corey Hickok, when we decided we needed to make a change with the band, we got a hold of Robert and started writing songs with him.

An early incarnation of STP playing with guitarist Corey Hicock, circa 1989.

AN: What types of songs were you and Robert writing initially? I’ve heard the title “Drop That Funk,” which I’d love to hear, that got a rise out of Robert DeLeo when I met him a couple of years ago. So what types of songs were you initially writing with Robert and Swing, and do you remember any other titles?

SW: It was more Chili Peppers oriented, like early Chili Peppers oriented. A punk funk kind of vibe.

AN: Do you remember anything else besides “Drop That Funk” from your book?

SW: “Get Up With That Funky Feeling”.

AN: [Laughs] I’d love to hear these by the way, I don’t know why you don’t put these out. Speaking of that, Dean came into the band in 1990 or 1989.

SW: It was ’89.

AN: Finally a definitive answer on that. The band then morphed into Mighty Joe Young. It kind of confused me, there’s a picture in your book though that says it’s from 1990 when you opened for Henry Rollins, with Corey playing.

SW: No, that was Dean. Because we were both upstairs after we got done playing, when Henry was getting ready to walk down the stairway. Dean said, ‘How you doing out there?’ And he said, ‘Why? Is someone going to shoot me?’

AN: [Laughs] That’s why it’s great to get to talk to you, to get to hear about this kind of stuff. So when Dean came into the band, one story that I’ve heard is the first song that you guys wrote is “Where The River Goes.” There’s a demo out there that has stuff like “Dirty Dog” and the really funky stuff, some people say Corey played on some of that.

SW: Yeah, Corey played on some of that.

AN: Those are technically Swing songs then?

SW: They were still Mighty Joe Young songs, we had just changed the name. When Dean came into the band, the name was still Mighty Joe Young, and it was when we got signed, as well. We had to change the name because of the Chicago blues guy Mighty Joe Young.

AN: Yeah, luckily you didn’t go with Shirley Temple’s Pussy. That might not have worked out so well.

SW: It was there for a laugh for a few minutes.

Tommy Black: Really?

SW: [turns to bassist Tommy Black] STP, Shirley Temple’s Pussy.

TB: Oh, really? I didn’t know that. Wow, Shirley Black now.

AN: Yeah, I don’t think that would have worked in the politically correct times of today.

SW: Yeah, that’s unfortunate, [deadpans] that everything has to be Disneyland.

AN: [Laughs] That’s where we are right now.

TB: As we sit here.

AN: I always bring this up when people bring up, ‘Oh, they ripped other people off.’ But “Wicked Garden” and “Only Dying” are on that Mighty Joe Young demo, songs like that. How did you move into songs like that?

SW: Yeah, it started with “Where The River Goes“. Dean came in at our first rehearsal, and brought that song in. At first it was clean guitar, then we made it distorted guitar, and it went from a Cure sounding riff into a Zeppelin sounding riff.

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Stone Temple Pilots, 1990: Robert DeLeo, Scott Weiland, Eric Kretz, Dean DeLeo.

AN: What about “Only Dying”? Why didn’t you guys ever re-record that? I know the story about Brandon Lee dying so it couldn’t be in The Crow, but why didn’t you guys ever do a studio version of that?

SW: It was written way before Brandon Lee died.

AN: When was it written?

SW: It was written in 1990.

AN: It’s good to get a definitive answer on that. The STP Wikipedia article is never going to be the same after tonight! So when did you first become familiar with some of the bigger Grunge era bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins? I heard something about you discovering Soundgarden when they were on SST, is that true?

SW: Actually on Sub Pop. I was a member of Sub Pop, and used to get singles every month. I saw Nirvana in 1989 I believe it was, at Raji’s [editor’s note: it was February 15, 1990].

AN: Wow, so you saw Nirvana. Did you get to meet Kurt or Krist?

SW: No, no. I was not a well known artist at the time. [Looks at Tommy Black and deadpans] Were you?

TB: No, I was not either.

SW: Did you ever get to see them?

TB: Back then, no.

SW: We used to play Raji’s all the time.

TB: Yeah, I used to go to Raji’s a lot.

AN: I don’t think I was alive back then.

TB: I saw Redd Kross at Raji’s.

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Pictured: Nirvana live at Raji’s, Hollywood, 1990

AN: So now, talking about the Grunge bands, this always pisses me off when I read it, what were your thoughts on being compared to some of them later?

SW: In the early days, it didn’t matter to me so much, because I felt it was the first real movement in rock and roll since punk rock. It tapped into sociopolitical connotations, and pop culture. It just had a vibe. It influenced fashion, I mean it was a huge, huge movement. But after that, I wanted us to be a band that changed, and we were, we changed from Core to Purple, then Tiny Music especially, we made a garage sounding album.

AN: Shangri LA DEE DA is the most experimental.

SW: Oh yeah.

AN: I play songs sometimes like a “A Song For Sleeping” and “Hello It’s Late” for people after “Dead and Bloated” and they don’t even think it’s the same band, so that proves your staying power.

SW: Or “Bi-Polar Bear.”

AN: You know, I was actually going to jump to that later because it’s kind of different subject matter.

SW: Well it’s not really, because I am bi-polar.

AN: I’ll ask you about that now then. I was just with my friend whose mother is bi-polar, and we were talking about that, and I was saying I’m going to interview Scott Weiland tonight, so I really should ask him about it. In “Bi-Polar Bear” there are lines in it like ‘Left my meds on the sink today, my head will be racing by lunchtime.’ It’s one of the most underrated STP songs to me. I love that you guys played it a few years ago when you were still together, but not at my show unfortunately. But how do you deal with bipolar disorder, how have you dealt with it over the years? Has it ever been better, or worse at certain times?

SW: There were certain groups of medicines that I took that worked for a long time, until they stopped working. Then I started taking a different regiment of medicines. I was on too high of a dose, and it affected some of the shows that I played, but I’m on the right dosage now.

AN: You hear the stories from the fans and stuff, and I want to get your side on this, how does it affect your personality when you are talking to people, and meeting strangers like fans?

SW: I don’t like meeting strangers anyway. I’m just not that kind of guy.

AN: Same here. My anxiety was through the roof in the last few hours before coming here. So right now you’re in a better place when it comes to dealing with it?

SW: Oh yeah, definitely.

AN: That’s really good to hear. Moving back to the early 90’s, when you were in STP you played with Jerry Cantrell a few times, and you played with Alice In Chains in 2007, you did “Angry Chair” when they first did the reunion. Are there any other collaborations you’d like to do with your contemporaries?

SW: I’d love to play with Jack White.

AN: That’d be great, especially with the style you’re going for now with Blaster and the garage rock. Or maybe Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys.

SW: Yeah, The Black Keys would be great. Dan’s awesome.

AN: He’s producing the new Cage The Elephant album.

SW: Oh really?

AN: Yeah. You mentioned Cage The Elephant in your book, are you a fan of them?

SW: Yeah, I am a fan of them. They opened up for STP for awhile.

AN: Yeah, I mentioned to Matt Shultz a few years ago that you thanked Cage The Elephant in your book, and he was really honored, he thought it was really cool. Now going into your relationship with the STP guys, this is where I really want to get your side of the story. I spoke to Eric Kretz a couple of years ago and he talked about what a great friend you were during the early days of STP, and how you two co-writing the lyrics to “Plush” together in a hot tub was a perfect example of that friendship. When did that friendship with the STP members start to go downhill, and when did it become more of just a business relationship? I’m really interested in your take on that.

SW: It was really when I was asked to be on the cover of the magazines, and it wasn’t the band, and the band got really jealous about it. So things kind of changed from that point on, slowly, but surely.

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Scott was naturally the center of attention of STP during their heyday.

AN: One thing you mentioned on Howard Stern was in 1996 some Tiny Music shows were canceled, and the band held a press conference announcing: “Our singer can’t show up.” Do you think that was a turning point at all in the relationship?

SW: I think so, especially because Dean was a fuckin’ junkie as well, and not admitting to it.

AN: Now you kept going back to STP. After that hiatus where you made 12 Bar Blues, which I love. I wish you would play more of that live.

SW: Different band.

AN: Right. Then you went back to STP for No. 4., but that fell apart a few years later.

Tommy takes a picture of the interview.

AN: [To Tommy] Are you taking a picture? Cool. Say: ‘Scott Weiland and the douchebag.’ [laughs]

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Scott Weiland and the douchebag.

AN: So you went back to STP a few times, especially for the reunion in 2008, that was a huge tour. You were going through a lot at the time, Velvet Revolver was just ending, there was just so much going on. Do you think you guys should have reunited in hindsight, or do you think the relationship wasn’t healed at that point?

SW: I think we should have reunited. I just don’t think that we should have tried to produce our own album, especially when Don Was was asking to produce the album. He was so frustrated because no one in the rest of the band would listen to any of his ideas, so he finally went back to the Stones and did that Exile on Main St. reissue.

AN: Yeah, I was going to mention that actually, you just keep going into the things I want to talk about. No matter what went into it, I loved the self-titled STP album. I think “Take a Load Off” could have been a hit, some other songs too. I love “Maver”, that is one of my favorite songs you’ve ever written.

SW: I think “Maver” is a great song.

AN: Yeah, and it’s never been played live unfortunately. “Between The Lines” too, it’s just a really catchy album. For a lot of these veteran bands that come out, the songs don’t have the hooks, but for that album you guys did, and I loved it. But when I talked to the other guys a couple years ago, they mentioned you were working on your vocals separately from the band, and the DeLeos were producing the album.

SW: Everyone was producing the album.

AN: At Eric’s studio, Bombshelter.

SW: Yeah. Those guys were doing their part of the production, doing the instrumentation, and I was at my studio Lavish with Don Was producing my vocals.

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STP recording 2010’s self-titled/”Peace” record.

AN: So where did you guys get crossed up there? That you wanted Don Was to be the producer and the DeLeos wanted to produce it themselves?

SW: Yeah, they were insistent on producing themselves, and I didn’t feel that was a good idea, there’s too many producers in the band. We had Don Was at our disposal, and we should have let him be the leader.

AN: Do you think that did a lot to hurt the relations of the band at the time?

SW: Yeah, I think so.

AN: That’s very interesting. Do you think if Brendan O’Brien had produced it [Editor’s note: He produced the original five STP records before their 2003 separation], it would have turned out better? Why didn’t you guys go with Brendan?

SW: That was the idea of the rest of the guys. It was always something that we voted on, and they didn’t want to work with Brendan.

AN: Do you think in hindsight obviously, you had your point of view, it does sound like having an intermediary producer would have probably worked better with what was going on with the band at the time, but do you have any regrets in hindsight? Do you think you guys could have worked it out better when it came to the decision of making that album?

SW: If we would have gone with a producer, just like we did with all of the rest of our records with Brendan, where he was the guy where if it came to it, he had the last word.

AN: Another point of contention about STP during that era was the setlist, it was the greatest hits setlist especially as we went into the last couple of years of the reunion. I read that you wanted to work in more deep cuts, and freshen it up.

SW: Yep. I also wanted to do the 20th anniversary of Core, and do that album in its entirety, but they didn’t want to do that.

AN: Why didn’t they want to do it?

SW: I don’t know. I have no idea.

AN: Did you guys have conversations about that? Because I know there was a meeting at somebody’s house.

SW: Yeah, there was a conversation, but they didn’t want to do it. They said: ‘Let’s do Purple.’ Or let’s do the 21st reunion of fuckin’ Core. It’s like 20th works, 21st doesn’t.

AN: So they wanted to combine the tours then?

SW: Yeah.

AN: Then you ended up doing that tour. I don’t know if you can talk about that.

SW: I can.

AN: What led to you doing that?

SW: Because we didn’t have an album yet, so we decided to do a combination of the two albums.

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Weiland’s “Purple at the Core” tour in 2013 received some of the most polarizing reviews of his career.

AN: Now I’ve got to ask you, I like Blaster, but that Purple at the Core Tour, some fans weren’t big on it. What do you think went on with that tour that led to criticism of it?

SW: I think because we had a five piece band, and that five piece band had two guitar players, and the main guitar player who really was the most impressive, was Jeremy Brown, and he was only the rhythm guitar player in that band.

AN: I recognized the faces in the Wildabouts before it was even the Wildabouts, like Jeremy and Tommy, but after Doug [Grean] left it seemed like it got a lot better, at least musically.

SW: Yeah, it became a lot cleaner.

AN: Because there was a lot of noodling before that.

SW: There was a lot more space between the notes. What do you have to say about that Tommy?

TB: The space was good. The space opened things up. It got heavier.

AN: Just coming from a fan’s perspective, that’s really improved the show. You never really know if someone’s going to be ‘tired’ or something, but everything always sounds great musically. When it comes to playing live, do you wish you could tour less? Does it burn you out having to tour so much?

SW: Not really. It burns me out missing my wife, that burns me out, but she comes out every now and again on the road.

TB: She’s the band Mom.

SW: Yeah, she is the band Mom.

AN: You mentioned on Howard Stern a few years ago, I don’t know if circumstances have changed, but you have to tour a certain amount to make a certain amount of money.

SW: Well you have to, because rock bands don’t sell. STP and fuckin’ Velvet Revolver sold 6, 7, 8 million records at a time, and that just doesn’t happen in rock and roll any more. Taylor Swift might sell, might smell, a million records.

AN: You should have pushed “The Man I Didn’t Know” [from Happy in Galoshes] to the country crowd [laughs], that’d be a big crossover, another song I love. You do a ridiculous amount of shows. I look at your contemporaries like Chris Cornell, and sure they tour, but it’s not crazy like you when you look at the amount of dates. Do you think there’s a way you could do less shows and maybe monetize them more so you could tour less? Maybe an acoustic tour, where the fans help out with the setlist?

SW: These songs aren’t really acoustic in nature. The only thing we could really do is license more songs to film and TV to come up with a financially better situation, but other than that, the only way to make money is to tour, [sarcastically] is to be a road dog.

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Velvet Revolver, 2007: Matt Sorum, Scott Weiland, Slash, Dave Kushner, Duff McKagan.

AN: [Laughs] Now I’ve got to ask a little bit about Velvet Revolver. Somebody told a reporter of mine this, I think it was 10 years ago, your bandmates in Velvet Revolver who were in Guns N’ Roses were offered hundreds of millions for a reunion, and there were rumors at the time. I think you wrote a letter to Axl [Rose] at the time, it was pretty funny, calling him a wig wearing fuck or something. It was pretty amusing, I don’t know if you’d remember it.

SW: I remember a little bit about it. There was a little going back and forth between the two of us at the time, but I think that Guns N’ Roses are getting back together.

AN: Why do you think they’re getting back together?

SW: I just heard that.

TB: We’ve heard rumors.

SW: Oh, so there’s a scoop. My next question was going to be who is more likely to play with Slash at this point, you or Axl Rose. So do you think it’s Axl at this point?

SW: I think Slash is actually a bigger star right now than Axl.

TB: Slash is a brand.

SW: He’s the hat.

AN: Now I’ve got to ask you too about the Velvet Revolver thing, you said the band was reuniting a couple of years ago.

SW: Because we did a show together, and there was talk about us getting back together, but Perla, Slash’s ex-wife, kind of put the kibosh on everything.

AN: Oh wow, really? That’s surprising. But you did an interview at the time, I even remember the outlet, ABC News Radio, you said the band was getting back together and writing a new album.

SW: Not writing a new album, but as far as getting back together, I thought at the time we would get back together and do a tour.

AN: Dave Kushner said there was a little miscommunication at the time when I talked to him. Moving onto Blaster, there’s some pretty emotional stuff lyrically… “Circles” and “Amethyst” especially, those are two of my favorites. I feel like with the right push those could do well on radio.

SW: I think “Circles” would be great for a film, for an indie film.

AN: I love the song, but why did you choose to use autotune on that? Or was it autotune?

SW: It’s usually a harmonizer. It’s a harmonizer, not autotune.

AN: Then that will dispel that myth, because that’s what a lot of fans say.

SW: No, no autotune.

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Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, early 2015: Joey Castillo, Scott Weiland, Jeremy Brown, Tommy Black.

AN: So what was your inspiration lyrically behind those songs? I listened to those songs, and they still have the emotional resonance your older stuff does, because sometimes I’ll listen to other 90’s artists as they age, and it doesn’t really have that, but how are you still able to get that emotion down lyrically, especially this late into your career?

SW: A lot of it had to do with my relationship with my wife, and the producer Rick Parker that we had, who was a huge friend, and played in bands with Blacky Onassis here.

TB: Yeah. I was a band called Sparklier with Rick. We brought Rick in, I’ve always worked with him, and he had such a good vibe, I knew they would be a perfect match, and his bedside manner in the studio would work perfectly.

SW: Yeah, and he brought Jeremy to really advance –

TB: He helped him bloom.

SW: He helped him bloom, exactly.

AN: Another thing about Blaster that I don’t think anybody has asked you about, is James Iha played on “Blue Eyes,” how did that work out?

SW: Yeah, he wrote part of the song, then we finished writing the song, and then he wanted to play on it, so he came in and played on it.

TB: He’s a cool guy.

SW: He’s a cool guy, very nice. A gentleman.

AN: I’ve interviewed him and Corgan, very different personalities. It’s hard to see how they played together. Now where do you see yourself going in the next 5 to 10 years musically? Is your goal to get back to an arena level, maybe with the right amount of hits with the Wildabouts?

SW: Hell yeah!

AN: Or with another STP or Velvet Revolver run, or another supergroup? Is it your goal to get back to that level?

SW: I’m not interested in another supergroup. If there was a tour for STP or Velvet Revolver, I would do that, but this is my band, this is where I want to be in arenas. I think we write great enough songs to be able to put us back in that place. We want to follow the path of, like, Queens of the Stone Age.

AN: You’ve always had the passion for your solo career, even when you were still with Velvet Revolver or STP. You love your solo career so much, do you think that might have affected what was going on with STP? Do you think if you got back together with STP or Velvet Revolver, it’d be for the right reasons at this point since your heart is in the Wildabouts?

SW: I can’t say about Velvet Revolver, but I can say about STP, they had three bands besides the band that I was in with them. I had Magnificent Bastards, then I had my own two solo albums.

AN: And Art of Anarchy.

SW: Well no, that wasn’t a band of mine though. I wish those guys the best of luck, I hope they do great, but I was told by my management at the time, Carl Stubner, that all I had to do for the money was write the melodies, write the lyrics, and sing the songs. I was lied to by him.

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The members of STP with their children in Irvine, CA. 2012. Photo by Brett Buchanan.

AN: When it comes to STP at this point, do you think about the legacy at all? Because Chester is in the band –

SW: He’s not in the band any more. [Editor’s note: STP have confirmed our Saturday report from Weiland that Chester Bennington has quit the band]

AN: Chester’s not?

SW: No.

AN: What do you mean?

SW: I’ve heard he’s not in the band any more.

AN: Really?

TB: They played recently with him I think.

AN: It was a couple of weeks ago, they only did one show. They had canceled a show before that. So you don’t think he’s in the band any more?

SW: He’s got a band where he gets paid $700,000 a night with, and with STP, the brand is kind of falling apart, which is a shame.

AN: I wanted to ask you about that, do you think the legacy can be repaired, at least during your guys lifetimes? No matter what, people are going to love those songs 100 years from now, they’re just timeless. But do you think the legacy can be repaired during your lifetime?

SW: Yeah, if we did a reunion tour, it could be.

AN: But what do you think you’d have to do to make it different from the previous run, to really make it end on a strong note? Do you think there’s a way to do that, and repair the relationship with the guys?

SW: I don’t know, that depends on them.

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Overall, the interview was a very positive experience. It was a dream come true to get to interview one of my favorite singers of all time. We can be critical of Weiland on Alternative Nation, but at the end of the day it’s because we care, and we’re always rooting for him. Weiland was right on time for the interview, we cleared up the issues he had with our coverage of him, and he was able to share his side of the story on what led to the rise and fall of Stone Temple Pilots’ original lineup.

Weiland’s entire crew, and bandmates, were class acts. Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black definitely helped Scott feel more comfortable during the interview, and I had a quick conversation with drummer Joey Castillo (formerly of Queens of the Stone Age) about Pearl Jam’s early days as Mookie Blaylock. Scott’s new manager Tom Vitorino is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in the music business. We talked a bit about David Bowie, and he even hugged me following the interview! I can’t thank him enough for making this happen.

When it comes to the concert, The Icarus Line and Slater Slums were solid openers for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, and Weiland’s headlining set was a vast improvement over the 2011 Christmas album tour I saw. Weiland’s backing band is much tighter now with Joey Castillo on drums, the lineup seems primed to record some solid material in the near future.

Weiland recently released an app featuring a new song called “Back to the City.” He is currently touring the United States with his band the Wildabouts.

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Scott Weiland, Alternative Nation owner Brett Buchanan, and Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black

 Co-edited by Doug McCausland.

  • bchris04

    Imagine if the Stone Temple Pilots came out at a different time and Core debuted in the Late 80’s or the Late 90’s or 2000’s…

    When STP hit the scene, everyone blasted them for being a Pearl Jam rip-off band and a bunch of johnny-come-latelys for trying to jump on the grunge bandwagon. Even though STP still a lot of records and were of the most successful bands of that era, I’d like to think they would be viewed in a much better light if they came out in a different era of music when there wasn’t any bands that sounded like them at the time and wasn’t as much competition. And they would have been much much much BIGGER as well.

    These days, STP is viewed as nothing more than a novelty act and are often lumped in with groups Bush, Silverchair, Days of the New, and all those other third-rate Nirvana bands that came out in the mid 90’s, which is a shame they were WAY BETTER than those bands and their music holds up a lot better compared to other stuff that came out in that era.

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  • Raj

    Cool to interview Weiland, he looks awkward in those pictures with you Brett. In the last one he looks kinda out of it and wasted. I’m a huge STP fan and would love to see those guys reunite and record a new album again. Sure hope CB has left STP, maybe Scott is just waiting for those guys to pick up the phone again.

  • Felonious Punk

    Dude sounds WASTED if you listen to the interview via the Soundcloud link. He definitely sounded like someone who was told to be there in an effort to make amends and smooth things over, especially since this place doesn’t shy away from the negative stories involving him.

    Notice how NONE of the problems that were addressed were his fault either? It was the other three guys in STP who ruined the band. It was Doug Green’s fault that fans didn’t respond positively to the Purple to the Core Tour. It was his medication dosage that made his recent shows disasters.

    I know AN is a huge fan of Weiland and I’m glad they finally got to interview him, but the guy is just completely delusional, if you ask me. I find it hilarious that one minute he’s saying “This is my band now and this is where I want to be”, and then the next minute he’s saying how he thinks an STP reunion tour would be a good thing.

    I honestly think this guy is such a burnout at this point, he can’t tell what’s up or down or whether he’s coming or going.

    • Billy

      That is true, he deflected everything away from himself. At the same time, he was quick to say he’d get back together with Stp and really bit his tongue when speaking about them.

      It seems to me like he is finally seeing how much a of a shell his career is in right now, and is trying to play nice so that Dean or Rob will call him.

      • Felonious Punk

        I’ll be keen to hear what, if anything, the Deleos have to say about some of these reasons why STP fell apart. I’ve never once heard them say “it’s because we weren’t on the magazines with Scott” or because they wanted to produce the self-titled album themselves and Scott wanted a producer. It’s always been “Scott was late, fucked up and couldn’t perform properly”, which we’ve seen him continue to do even after STP.

        I think the Deleos would rather quit music altogether before they’d put up with this guy’s bullshit again.

        • Billy

          The longer the search for a permanent singer drags out, the more likely they will look to bring Scott back. That is my prediction.

          I love poking at the current “corpse” of Scott’s career, but if he would get it together i’d bring him back in for sure. The question is whether the trust has been destroyed with Dean,Rob, and Eric irreparably.

          • Felonious Punk

            Both parties are in an awkward position right now. The weird thing is, Scott might actually be holding the hot hand here. STP isn’t shit now that they’ve lost their replacement singer. Who else could they possibly bring in to equal Scott’s star status now that Chester is gone. Chester was about the best choice of a replacement because he had a history with the band, looks and sounds like Scott, and actually loved the band more than Scott did.

            Now people are going to look at STP as a joke because they have to get yet another replacement frontman. Scott will generate interest because of his name, but it’s not like he’ll ever sell tickets the way he could with STP.

            So it’s really a matter of who is going to need the other sooner, and if the other three guys will decide that the money they’d make with a full band reunion is worth putting up with Scott’s bullshit again. Hopefully, if it happens, Scott’s new manager can keep him somewhat in check. But listening to this interview, it’s clear about half of Scott’s brain is complete mush at this point.

          • Chris Cornell’s Mustache

            you are definitely seeing this whole situation correctly. the deleo’s had the upper hand for a while with chester but after all the trash talking and chester dropping out, they look like mud and weiland looks shiny. PLUS the lawsuit against the deleos where weiland got paid. so now richard patrick, dave coutts, and chester have tried unsuccessfully to replace scott. STP should turn off the lights and lock the door and call it a career.

          • Felonious Punk

            I wouldn’t say Scott looks shiny; he’s had a tumultuous year and his reputation isn’t the greatest right now. But he *does* have the name recognition that can’t be denied. STP could get Robert fuckin’ Plant to front the band, and people would still say they sucked without Scott.

            Because let’s face it: there’s no denying Scott was the face of that band, like it or not. It’s just a shame to see three talented musicians who have no problem banging out worthwhile music suffer because one guy can’t commit and the other guy can’t get out of his own way.

          • Mike Mazzarone

            “STP could get Robert fuckin’ Plant to front the band, and people would still say they sucked without Scott.”

            Well considering Paul McCartney fronted Nirvana and people bitched like babies about it, I think you would be right.

          • Chris Cornell’s Mustache

            i totally agree. good evaluation, my friend.

          • Billy

            Def something bette rhappen soon with this new music that is just sitting around.
            They need to follow the path of AIC and Blind Melon and not go for the homerun swing of a major artist, they need to replace him with a lesser known person that won’t have the other commitments.

            I think it’s inevitable that Scott comes back though.

          • Felonious Punk

            Money, bro. It can change even the worst of situations into brighter ones.

        • dakotablue

          Yeah, not sure what to think about that band was jealous talk.
          Interesting contrast with AIC, though–when Rolling Stone put Layne on the cover after promising it would be a band shot, it was Layne who got mad. He was the front man of course, but I don’t think he was ever on a “I’m the star” trip.

          • Felonious Punk

            I can definitely see where a band *would* get upset about that though. Just look at Jim Morrison and the Doors for proof. How fair is it that the other guys in the band are busting their asses artistically, touring all year and not seeing their families the same as everyone else in the crew, and only the frontman is getting the attention.

            I know that’s customary and the media doesn’t give a shit in any way, but to say that the band getting jealous about not being on magazine covers was a major catalyst? Nuh uh, not buying that. These guys, for better or worse, stuck by Scott during his worst of years and gave him more chances to get his shit straight than any lot should reasonably be expected to.

            Like I said, very interested to hear what, if anything, the other three have to say in response to this.

          • halcyon

            Layne didn’t like the attention (or, rather, this sort of attention) and the fact that journalists focused more on him and his problems than on the band and their music. No wonder he was not happy about that. I think he would have preferred not to have to do any interviews at all.

        • Ann Anderson

          Yes Scott was really living in a fantasy land of denial when it comes to the reasons that both STP and Velvet Revolver have refused to ever work with him again. Definitely delusional but that was easier for him to cope with than facing the truth about himself and how he threw away fronting bands of that caliber. I love Scott but would seriously have liked to have bitch slapped him for screwing up Velvet Revolver, my favorite band of all time. Slash, Duff and Matt have over 50-60 songs written for that band and Scott could have been singing on all of them. It wasn’t just his drug relapse but also diva behavior, tardiness and as Slash put it “not being a team player” that did Scott in and yet he didn’t want to admit to any of it. Except that he really is an individual artist deep down, as he put it in the past.

          • Ann Anderson

            RIP Scott and thank you Brett for a great interview and for stepping up and taking over Scott’s facebook account

    • Wam Meesly

      After listening to the entire interview, SW sounds drunk or pilled up. Then I realized that may be the way he sounds all the time?

      • Felonious Punk

        Unfortunately, it is. Like I said, it’s as if half his brain is mush at this point and he’s struggling to form coherant sentences and thoughts together. Watch any interview with him from the 90s and it’s like listening to a completely different person

      • Ann Anderson

        We do know for a fact now at this point that he was drinking heavily and possibly doing cocaine or MDMA during the time period from this interview. RIP Scott

  • Kytana Martell

    Is that his house?? What’s up with that cow bed? Anyway, its great you finally got to interview him. Good job!!!

    • Alternative Nation

      It’s the bed on his tour bus. It’s in the first couple of sentences of the article!

      Thanks!

      • Ishmael

        so you were sitting on the bed which only 4 weeks later would become his coffin…

        • Alternative Nation

          Yes. This has haunted me since Thursday.

          • Victor Charlie

            Don’t be haunted bro .. it’s just where he left this Earth
            Scott, no matter achievements or faults, will be with us and lovers of great rock music eternally.
            You gave him a great last word to all who cared about him and his work
            God bless .. let’s let him rest now … finally .. in peace

          • Ann Anderson

            Very well said

    • Van_Hammersly

      Yeah………….it’s his house.

  • Red Magpie

    Great interview!

  • Billy

    I do have a question for Brett : Did you have to submit your
    questions or anything beforehand or were there any topics which were off
    the table?

    i’m happy you got to get an interview with him.

    • Alternative Nation

      I got to ask whatever I wanted. I chose not to ask about drugs or drinking because I doubt he’d have shot straight with me, and I also thought it would piss him off which would hurt the rest of the interview.

      • Felonious Punk

        And you didn’t ask him any questions about Bullhorngate?!

        • Alternative Nation

          I talked to his new manager about that who knew more than Scott would. The old management botched it completely, in short, and they’re gone now.

          The tone I got from what he was saying is that he plans to continue doing what he’s doing in the near future, tour a lot and sometimes put out records with the Wildabouts, so I thought a long term question was better, especially in terms of working in STP and Velvet Revolver.

          • Chris Cornell’s Mustache

            very good job! you really did well.

          • Felonious Punk

            I was just messing with you. Good interview altogether.

      • dakotablue

        OK, so you didn’t want to make him mad. But I think fans would be interested in what he has to say about not giving good shows a lot of the time and how he justifies letting his fans down. Maybe he’d blame it on the wrong bi-polar meds but many recent reports have described him as being wasted on alcohol.
        I also wanted to hear abut his current plans, songwriting, etc., rather than the vague “where you see yourself in 10 years” question (which he didn’t answer, btw, except to yearn for a return to arenas).

        • Ann Anderson

          Brett was right not to ask. He would have just gotten frustrated and would never admit to abusing alcohol anyway. He was in denial and delusional about his substance abuse as we all know very well now.

      • Ann Anderson

        Wise decision

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  • Dave Fitzgerald

    Scott Weiland is a douchebag…anyone who would spend their hard earned money to watch this guy perform is a complete dumbass

  • Wam Meesly

    Brett, this is an excellent interview, congrats on landing it and I read it and look forward to listening to the audio later today.
    I found it interesting that the magazine cover situation led to the band falling apart. I can understand the band’s jealousy, but I cannot believe they did not move past it, every band from this era, and really most bands, have a lead singer/front man, Nirvana, Soundgarden, PJ, Jane’s, Pumpkins, and more, its the way it is. Its very rare that more than one bandmember gets the spotlight in interviews/covers aside from Steve/Joe-Aerosmith, Mick/Keith-RS, Plant/Page-LZ, there are more but I cannot recall at the moment.
    I also found it interesting that SW knew about STP as early as he did, I am sure that news like that spreads quickly, but makes me wonder if maybe he will rejoin at some point.

  • Anonymous501

    Scott does deflect blame for everything, but it does seem like there’s some truth in it. I don’t disagree for a second that there’s a big disconnect between Weiland and the other members of band, and that it creates all sorts of problems.

    I’m still surprised to this day that STP was able to wrestle away the name. As many problems as Weiland has, I was surprised their was no legal recourse for such a situation (unless the pulled an AXL Rose on Weiland and he signed away the rights).

    We’ve seen the cycle before. The other STP members need money again and they ask Weiland to come back, and the cycle continues.

  • Rick Velador

    Great interview great band. Thanks

  • Joe Costigan

    Great interview. Have to admit I felt a little uncomfortable when reading the beginning of it. It was interesting to get his perspective and regarding stp (from both his interview and the other band members) it seemed to very much be the band vs. Scott.

    He was diplomatic and open to a reunion which was positive. It’s interesting that he broke the CB is out of stp news. I would like to hear why CB left the band after so much energy and intitial enthusiasm he had on display. It does suck for Scott to be in his position in his late 40s and having to rely on touring for income after being in one
    Of the biggest bands of the 90s. I also appreciated his frankness with the aoa situation.

    Gotta tip my cap to you for interviewing him after a lot of the negative coverage on the site. It took balls to meet him face to face and ask him questions. I hope he respects you a little for that, along with the rest of us who follow the site and give you grief from time to time.

  • Martin Luther Kafka

    Tommy Black unfortunately looks a bit like Danzig, which doesn’t endear him to me. I saw Weiland and the Wildabouts early on when they first started. My totally uninformed perspective was that the Wildabouts were stoked to be on board with Scott in order to raise their game, but I didn’t see or feel the sort of camaraderie on stage that cohesive bands usually share. It felt like they were planning to ride his legacy to a better pace in their own career and then dump him and do their own thing once they were big enough… There is no specific evidence for this, just my general feeling seeing them on stage but they seem a little closer in the interview… hmmm…

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    Thank great douchbag+!!! Such a huge interview and l’m really exciting.

    • Alternative Nation

      You are exciting.

      -The Great Douchebag

  • Jesse Vance

    Glad you didn’t ask about past drug issues. That’s to typical. I think you asked the right questions. Good Job.

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    Did anyone catch “Joss Stone Temple Pilots” on Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night? I guess they will be knocking on Scott’s door pretty soon. And I hope that motivates him to put his all into these next upcoming shows. Ive got tickets to see the Wildabouts in Asheville on Sunday the 22nd…ZP

  • JangleAtmo

    Great interview Brett. Really informative things about Weiland.

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  • Seahorse1020

    I liked reading this but listening to it was tough, he sounds awful, he was unwell and he looked poorly- funny he was still touring, he should have been getting help, but maybe that had become fruitless.

    • Ann Anderson

      To have saved his life he needed to be in inpatient treatment where they could have addressed several severe problems at once. His substance abuse, bipolar disorder and his grief from the death of his guitarist/best friend and his wife moving his children several states away from him. He hadn’t been able to see them in over a year and was devastated (no matter how Mary tried to paint a negative picture of his parenting in the open letter to RS before his funeral was even held). He wasn’t a perfect father by any means but he loved his children so much. So sad. RIP dear Scott

      • Seahorse1020

        Yes I can’t imagine how much he missed his children and it’s all said and done now but are there no laws in the US regarding moving children away from parents- don’t you need permission? I know in Canada, regarding custody of children, you do have some rights in that instance. Very sad Mary did such a thing, and why I wonder, it would be nice to hear more of her side of the story- supposedly he didn’t have them at his 3rd marriage and the 3rd wife wanted nothing to do with his children- that says a lot about this third wife- she should have been pushing for him to have a relationship with his kids- he probably felt he had nothing to live for, just felt hopeless I am sure. And where was this 3rd wife, why was she not pushing for him to stop touring and to get help, because of the money perhaps, well no money is being made now. I also really wonder about this supposed $60,000 per month. You can go to court to have this reduced if you can prove you just aren’t making enough to follow through with the payments- why would he not have done this? We just don’t know everything that went on. He’s gone and it’s a damn shame- he did waste millions on his addictions and rehab trips, Mary did the same. Just something in him could not kick it, or did not really want to kick it. I think there was a part of him that wanted to be in control of his life, his vices made that impossible.

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  • Ann Anderson

    I am so grateful that Brett got this interview with Scott when he did. And thanks to him for also running Scott’s social media as well. RIP Scott