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Watch Slash’s Tribute To Scott Weiland

Slash dedicated the Velvet Revolver song “Sucker Train Blues” to his late bandmate Scott Weiland at his New Years Eve show in Las Vegas with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Slash discussed the recent losses of Lemmy Kilmister and Weiland, “These amazingly talented, fucking original, character driven fucking personalities. We lost them both this year, so we’ll dedicate this one to Scott. It’s called ‘Sucker Train Blues.'”



You’re A Lie
Back From Cali
Wicked Stone
Double Talkin’ Jive
You Could Be Mine
Dr Alibi (Todd Kerns on vocals)
Welcome to The jungle (Todd Kerns on vocals)
My Michelle
The Dissident
Sucker Train Blues
Fall To Pieces
Rocket Queen
Bent To Fly
World On Fire
Sweet Child o’ Mine

Ace Of Spades (Motorhead cover – Todd on vocals)
Paradise City

Members of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver attended Scott Weiland’s funeral last month at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Chris Kushner, the wife of Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, discussed the service on Instagram.

“A very sad day when u bury a friend. He was a good man. Don’t believe everything u read. Remember, we were all there.
#velvetrelvolver @slash #officialduffmckagan @davekushner @bigdrums #scottweiland @susanholmesmckagan @aceharper #ripscottweiland”

She later commented, “It was filled w/ love and funny beautiful stories about Scott ”

kodachromegirl commented, “It was really a beautiful service. Good seeing you. Nothing will ever extinguish the way he lit up the stage. I hope he has the found peace he deserves.”

Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo commented, “He was more than a good man, he was Human…RIP Scotty.”

Velvet Revolver released the following statement following Weiland’s death last week:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experience a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.

Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.

It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.

Rest in peace Scott.

Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave

Velvet Revolver Guitarist Reacts To Scott Weiland Dying From Drugs

Kushner responded to a fan who tweeted him a link to a story on Weiland’s toxicology report by saying: ‘Bummer. Alcoholism and Addiction are two ruthless and relentless motherfuckers.’

A fan also tweeted him: ‘it may not be much comfort, but I’m pretty certain you and Duff gave him another 12 years of life. :-)’ Kushner responded: ‘He gave us a lot too.’

Kushner wrote last week on Instagram regarding the photo at the top of this article, “From a gig @scottweiland and I did earlier this year. It all started to hit me last night when I saw this pic. Fucking sad. I knew this guy since before @stpband and talked to him the day they got signed to Atlantic. Too much more to say than I could ever fit in this tiny space. What a fucking talent. Thanks for the pic #jamieweiland. Safe travels my friend. #scottweiland #rocknrolleillneverbethesame #ripscottweiland.”

Velvet Revolver released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experience a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.

Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.

It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.

Rest in peace Scott.

Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave

Scott Weiland: A 25-Year Musical Retrospective

Edited by Brett Buchanan

The passing of Scott Weiland has sent ripples throughout the rock music industry. Many artists have paid tribute of his passing with their own covers of their favorite tracks featuring Weiland, with Chris Cornell also dedicating the Temple Of The Dog classic “Say Hello 2 Heaven” to Weiland.

With Scott Weiland’s last in-depth interview being with Alternative Nation owner Brett Buchanan, and with the simple fact that his music has had a profound impact on the reporters here at Alternative Nation, we decided to do a look back on the influence Weiland’s music had over his 25-year career on each reporter, all the way back from the 1989/1990 Mighty Joe Young demos to 2015’s Blaster.

Brett Buchanan:

Purple is overall my favorite STP album. It’s just one of those timeless albums you can play front to back on repeat. When it comes to my favorite songs from Scott, there are so many from throughout his career. The 1990 “Only Dying” demo from STP’s Mighty Joe Young days is a really underrated gem, and the lyrics feel even more tragic now with what has happened 25 years later.

I have a real affinity for the final songs on STP albums. “Maver” off of their last record was a beautiful track, it showed the evolution of his songwriting over the years. “Atlanta” and “Kitchenware and Candybars” are epic. From his solo career, the standouts to me are “Barbarella,” “The Man I Didn’t Know,” and “Amethyst.” From Velvet Revolver, you can’t go wrong with the hits “Fall to Pieces” and “Slither.”

Scott changed his style not just from album to album, but from song to song. He could have easily rested on his laurels and written Core lite music after 1992, but all the way up until Blaster he kept pushing himself artistically. Regardless of what else he was going through in his life, Scott Weiland always had a great melody in him. Like Fred Durst said, he was the melody man. Rest in peace Scott.

Greg Prato:

I would say a 2-way tie between Purple and Tiny Music From The Vatican Gift Shop STP reminded me of the great ’70s rock bands (Aerosmith, Kiss, Queen, etc.), as they seemed to get better and better with each album, and each album spawned several classics. Top fav song is “Interstate Love Song,” which is one of the best ’90s rockers – which is no small feat considering how many classics came out between ’91-’94. I also fancy “Pretty Penny,” “Vasoline,” “Big Bang Baby” (my fav STP video!!), “Sour Girl,” and “Days of the Week.” Thank you Mr. Weiland for all the great music.

Jeff Gorra:

Songs: “Interstate Love Song” is so melodic and catchy, it’s the first song I ever played live with a band. “Wonderful” is also an underrated beautiful ballad and “Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart” is just such a cool & unique song, along with “Last Fight” from Velvet Revolver.

Album: Purple, it’s ridiculous how many good songs are on that record. I can listen to that all the way thru, front to back, back to front.

Mike Mazzarone:

You know, I could go with what everyone else has been saying, how Core, Purple…etc have been the most impactful albums that I’ve ever heard from Scott, how they have the greatest songs in the history of his career…etc. And while there is some truth to that, let me tell a little quickie about how I coped after Scott’s death.

I was privileged enough to see his last ever show in the United States. As everyone is aware, that show was in promotion of Blaster, Scott’s now final album. I know people have said they don’t want to listen to Scott’s music, or they reach for the old standbys like Tiny Music or Core, but for me? I have listened to Blaster twice a day, every day. I mention this the “album of the year” write up, if Blaster makes the top ten but for me, the album serves a pivotal footnote in the musical history of Scott Weiland. It showed that he really still had it, but you could also hear the pain. The pain in his voice for a lot of these tracks, mostly polished up by studio magic – listen to the Rolling Stone live version of “Way She Moves”, you’ll see what I mean. It is a pure tragedy, Scott Weiland’s death had to happen the way he did. Our addictions, our vices are one of the hardest things to over come. That much is true, when I ran into him with fellow AN reporter, Doug McCausland, you could see that Scott was really out of it. Yet, he managed to give the best show that I’ve seen from him since 2010.

In a way, Blaster now has a more special meaning than the albums I grew up with. I think we will always look at it as more underrated than it really is.

Core made me a fan. I’m a fan of a lot of the more underrated STP works like Atlanta, Dare If You Dare, Art School Girl, Kitchenware and Candybars, Where The River Goes, Pretty Penny, Bi-Polar Bear, Maver, Naked Sunday, Where The River Goes…etc. But I can say with confidence that Scott Weiland/Stone Temple Pilots are one of a handful of acts that I can listen to over and over again without skipping a single song. Without my rediscovery of STP in 2009 and the self titled album that came out shortly after, I would probably be still on my country music kick and writing for some Garth Brooks fansite.

What a shame that would be.

Scott without a doubt made me the rock fan I am today, he will remain as one of my favorite acts of all time but it just pains me that the lasting memory I have of him, was his final states show where there was a guy shouting next to us “WAY TO GO SCOTTY! WE LOVE YOU SCOTTY” and he didn’t even give it a single thought.

We do love you though Scotty. We always will. Rest in peace.

Doug McCausland:

I was born in July of 1993, precisely at the time “Plush” was making its waves topping the Billboard rock charts. I didn’t give a shit about the rock music trends of the Generation X era; I was too busy trying to collect all 120 stars in Super Mario 64.

My only knowledge of Stone Temple Pilots was a conversation I overheard my father having with my mother, spinning a copy of The Doors’ Waiting for the Sun, something or another about Stone Temple Pilots performing with The Doors and somehow taking up Jim Morrison’s mantle. It wasn’t until years later I realized he was referring to Scott’s performance with the surviving members of The Doors on VH1 Storytellers, delivering an awesome cover of “Five to One”.


In fact, it wasn’t until 2006 that I had really delved into rock music; Chris Cornell’s powerful vocals in the Casino Royale theme piqued my interest in soulful rock music, Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits (specifically, “Live And Let Die”) exposed me to the dark yet majestic stride of hard rock. My interest in the latter would lead to an introduction to Velvet Revolver’s and its’ engimatic frontman, Scott Richard Weiland, around the release of Libertad.

“Who is this guy?” My boggled middle school mind asked itself, comparing the Weiland slithering around on stage dressed like a leather fetish Nazi to images images liner notes of Libertad (dressed like Clint Eastwood or Roland Deschain) and images on Google search. “He’s like a million different people.” My intrigue with the chameleon Weiland led me to bum my dad’s copy of STP’s Thank You, and, as it has it, while others my age obsessed over Soulja Boy and Good Charlotte, Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop was on constant repeat.

Tim Branom:

Other than Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder, Scott Weiland was the last great voice in recent memory from the Grunge era to continue making music. At first, critics called him an Eddie Vedder clone, and then later, his Jim Morrison persona took over and never left. But It sometimes had a dash of Johhny Rotten and sometimes a bit of 60’s Psychedelia looking over your shoulder. He finally won over critics with his unusual lyrics and videos, creating his own sound from California, very different than his adoptive Seattle Grunge brothers, but yet the comparison remained.

And when Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, it was a true super group which our generation had not seen since the debut of a new singer with Van Halen. When we lost Weiland on Dec 3, 2015, we lost musical creativity in an age where bands of today must not only record old songs to get attention; they sometimes have to actually sample the song as well just to get a hit. Maybe his legacy will be studied so that future rock stars can learn from a master. Below are my top picks for a fine Scott Weiland listening experience. Enjoy.

(1992) Stone Temple Pilots: Core
Recommended: “Creep”, “Plush” , “Sex Type Thing”, “Wicked Garden”
(1994) Stone Temple Pilots: Purple
Recommended: “Big Empty”, “Interstate Love Song”, “Vasoline”
(1995) Various Artists: Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Recommended: “Dancing Days” – Stone Temple Pilots
(1996) Stone Temple Pilots: Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop
Recommended: “Big Bang Baby”, “Lady Picture Show”, “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”
(1998) Scott Weiland: 12 Bar Blues
Recommended: “Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down”
(1999) Stone Temple Pilots: No. 4
Recommended: “Sour Girl”
(2000) Various Artists: Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors
Recommended: “Break On Through” – Stone Temple Pilots
(2004) Velvet Revolver: Contraband
Recommended: “Fall to Pieces”, “Slither”

Elias Fulmer:

I’ve been an active reader of AlternativeNation.net for about 4 years now and a writer/reporter here for nearly half that time. I’ve noticed the site’s strong connection to Weiland – and even if we published articles about him not showing him at his best, I know many of the writers here were rooting for him. They deeply cared and were worried about him. I haven’t explored Scott Weiland’s discography as heavily as others, but there are several key highlights for me.

Earlier in life, let’s say I was just going through a hard time and ended up in a 72 hour psychiatric hold. In the ambulance, one of the EMTs offered to put on Pandora Radio and I said sure, “alternative rock, please.” The three songs that played to my memory were “Disarm” by the Smashing Pumpkins, “Come As You Are” by Nirvana and “Creep” by Stone Temple Pilots. I’ve always loved “Creep” (more than Radiohead song of the same title) and have found myself listening to the Unplugged version many a lonely nights.

The first two Stone Temple Pilots albums made a bigger impression on me. One summer, my friends and I carried around a large dufflebag full of sixty-some cassettes and one of the most frequently played cassettes was Stone Temple Pilots’ 1994 Purple. I hazily recall a conversation between my friend Cade and I fondly discussing the record shortly after I became a writer here at AlternativeNation. I never dug into the Velvet Revolver stuff too much, but recently I found their cover of Nirvana’s “Negative Creep” and discovered I may enjoy it more than the original.

But I think what speaks to me most about Weiland was his cover of the Smiths’ “Reel Around the Fountain.” It is one of my most cherished works by the Smiths and deals with very sensitive, delicate and introspective matters concerning sexuality. I think it would take anyone a bit guts to speak about those sorts of things.I understand Scott dealt with a great deal of suffering in the realms of love, sex and addictions of that kind, separate but not unrelated to vices like alcohol or other intoxicants. It’s sad to see Scott go – I really was enjoying Blaster and I was planning on going to his LA show later this month. I almost met him when Brett interviewed him – but I had just bought tickets to Texas by the time Brett invited me. Some things aren’t meant to be…Wherever he lies, I hope he has found peace and serenity at last.

I’ve always admired your sense of artistry and integrity. Thanks for the memories and rest easy, Scott.

“I’m half the man I used to be. This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray.”

Anthony Carioscia:

I guess I’d go with Purple being my favorite album Scott Weiland did. It evolved from the Grunge sound of the debut and added more variety to the song writing which in turn showed us even more of Scott’s vocal range.

Cindy Slade:

I’d say the two albums that I play the most (still), are Core & Purple. It’s quite hard to pick a favorite song, but the one that always comes to the forefront of my mind is “Vasoline”.

The song is fun, and I’ve always loved the video they put out for it, especially the insect in the vasoline in the very opening of it. I never get tired of listening to it. I’ve always loved “Slither” from Velvet Revolver as well.

Hanna Graf:

I have loved Stone Temple Pilots Core ever since I first heard it. There isn’t one bad song on that album. I love the heavy and powerful music, but most of all its Scott Weiland’s voice. His deep, booming, forceful voice fills up the room even without his megaphone. It’s unique and matched by very few other singers. For me, STP is all about Scott Weiland and they are just not interesting without him.

Another album I often listen to is Velvet Revolver’s Libertad. I don’t feel as strongly about it as Core, but it’s a really good rock album. And you just can’t go wrong with Scott Weiland’s voice and Slash’s guitar.

It’s very sad that the world has lost such a unique voice way too soon, but Scott Weiland will always remain one of my favorite singers.

Jeremy Neugebauer:

It’s always crazy to me that people rediscover great music after an artist passes on and all the while their music was just there waiting for someone to give it a listen again and it takes their life ending for people to listen to it, which I am now guilty of. The past couple days I’ve been rediscovering Purple.

After a Scott Weiland tribute on AN Radio and listening to much of it, I have come to the conclusion that Purple is quite possibly a top 5 album of the 90’s. I now recall that in my teen years I once said ‘Interstate Love Song” was my favorite song and along with “Big Empty”, “Vasoline”, “Unglued”, and “Pretty Penny” it made some of the best singles from a single rock album during the period, but its the deeper cuts that set this album apart, which is the same with most great albums. “Meatplow”, “Lounge Fly”, “Still Remains”, “Silvergun Superman”, “Army Ants” are all just as strong as the singles. I just rediscovered this wonderful album again and it is the definition of a classic. Scott Weiland, like with many of the other rock greats, was a troubled genius, passing on way too young.

Hear all the best from Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver and Scott Weiland at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio

STP & Velvet Revolver Members Attend Scott Weiland’s Funeral

Photo edited by Alternative Nation contributor Dustin Halter

Members of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver attended Scott Weiland’s funeral yesterday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Chris Kushner, the wife of Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, discussed the service on Instagram.

“A very sad day when u bury a friend. He was a good man. Don’t believe everything u read. Remember, we were all there.
#velvetrelvolver @slash #officialduffmckagan @davekushner @bigdrums #scottweiland @susanholmesmckagan @aceharper #ripscottweiland”

She later commented, “It was filled w/ love and funny beautiful stories about Scott ”

kodachromegirl commented, “It was really a beautiful service. Good seeing you. Nothing will ever extinguish the way he lit up the stage. I hope he has the found peace he deserves.”

Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo commented, “He was more than a good man, he was Human…RIP Scotty.”

Velvet Revolver released the following statement following Weiland’s death last week:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experience a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.

Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.

It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.

Rest in peace Scott.

Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave

Scott Weiland’s Funeral Is Today

Photo: Jamie Weiland

Susan Holmes McKagan, the wife of former Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, discusses her thoughts on Scott Weiland heading into his funeral today on Instagram:

Bet u didn’t know this.. Duff N’ I met a nice couple, who met at a #VelvetRevolver show, they always remind us of how VR’s music brought their hearts+souls together, and are happily married now 5 yrs.. They are so sweet & thankful to the guys for their truly awe inspiring shows, and music that brought them and so many people together! RIP #Scott ✨ Today is your funeral, and a very difficult one for Duff N’ I and so many others.. We love u Scott #Prayers4All Sending love+light

She also wrote:

“Remember me w smiles N laughter, for that’s how I’ll remember you. If you can only remember me in dejection and tears then don’t remember me at all.” Saw this quote & somehow seemed to make sense.. Let’s remember his strengths, and the talented frontman and songs he contributed to us. Rest in Peace #ScottWeiland ( w #Slash #DuffMcKagan) aka #VelvetRevolver ✨

Alternative Nation sends its best wishes to Scott Weiland’s friends, family, and bandmates on this difficult day.

Listen To Scott Weiland’s Final Song “Back to the City”

Photo: Jamie Weiland

Scott Weiland released a new track called “Back to the City” in October for free via a ‘Scott Weiland’ app. You can listen below, and hear a high quality version in the app. The track was recorded prior to Jeremy Brown’s March 2015 death, and the app was actually dedicated to Brown. “Back to the City” ended up being the last new release of new music during Weiland’s lifetime, as the legendary Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman passed away on Thursday night.

The song is features guitar sounds that are reminiscent of Velvet Revolver and Queens of the Stone Age. ‘Can’t you stay/here with me/you’re the woman that makes me feel free/I want you/you want me/don’t break my heart if you want me to be.’ He sings in the infectious chorus: ‘Movin on/goin’ back to the city.’ He also sings, ‘On my way back to you/always do what you want me to do/looking round/close to you/your beating heart is the one that is true.’ The lyrics are very romantic, much like much of Blaster, with Weiland’s wife Jamie serving as his muse.

On my way, back to you
Always Do what you want me to do
Looking ’round, close to you
Your beating heart is the one that is true

All the way I’m going back to my baby
I got a vision that she’s comeback to me
So it’s true

Can’t you stay, here with me
You’re the woman that makes me feel free
I want you, you want me
Don’t break my heart if you want it to be

Running on, running on, running on
Going Back to the City

Looking up, looking down, all around
You’re the one that I needed

On my way, back to you
Always do what you want me to do
Looking ’round, close to you
Your beating heart is the one that is true

Moving on, moving on, moving on
Going Back to the City

Looking up, looking down, all around
You’re the one that I needed

You can’t see that we are sheltered by the
You and me we can be the best we’ve ever

Moving on, moving on, moving on
Going Back to the City

Looking up, looking down, all around
You’re the one that I needed

Matt Sorum Tearfully Remembers Scott Weiland: ‘I Made My Peace With Him’

Photo credit: Camera Press/Redux via Rolling Stone

Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum was interviewed by Matt Pinfield yesterday to remember Scott Weiland on SiriusXM, and Alternative Nation as transcribed quotes. Matt said Duff and him had planned to go to a Gary Clark Jr. show the night Weiland died, but instead they met and had dinner to discuss Scott.

Sorum said, “I can’t say it was a shock, but I wasn’t expecting it. I felt like Scott was gonna be here hopefully longer than this.”

He later added, “People know that in the end we had our differences and the band split up, but the wave of emotions that you feel is more like a family member. It’s like if you had a family member that maybe you didn’t get along with great, but you still loved them. So that’s the feeling.”

He also discussed how Scott made Velvet Revolver’s music come to life, and how he came up with his parts for Contraband in two weeks. Sorum said Velvet Revolver’s rise has been the highlight of his musical career.

“We had the most outspoken moments on social media and what not, but the reality is, that’s like a brotherly thing. In the end, I just want the world to know (tears up), I feel like I made my peace with him. I saw him in New York at a show we did together about 2 years ago.”

He added that it was a Camp Freddy show, following having performed with Scott briefly a couple of times including Velvet Revolver’s 2012 reunion set.

“Me and Scott had a conversation. He apologized, I apologized. We made some amends. We were able to say, let’s move forward, let’s let the old stuff go. Then when we were in New York, we had a really great time together. After that, we didn’t really stay close, but I felt like we at least got past that point. It’s like when you have an issue with somebody, and you finally get to have that conversation, and it’s okay again, that kind of thing. That’s sort of how we left it.”

Scott Weiland Was Trying To Reunite Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner’s wife Chris has revealed in an Instagram comment to Matt Sorum that Scott Weiland told her last month that he really wanted Velvet Revolver to reunite. Chris wrote to Sorum, “What a great talent. What an innocent tragic soul. We all loved him and all his quirks. We were family. It just won’t be the same. Last thing he said to me a month ago was ‘pls get VR back together.'”

Matt Sorum appeared on SiriusXM with Matt Pinfield yesterday to pay tribute to his fallen former Velvet Revolver bandmate. Pinfield is a longtime fan and friend of STP dating back to his days with MTV in the 90’s, and he wrote about being driven to tears by the loss of Weiland on Twitter.

Velvet Revolver Release Statement On Scott Weiland’s Death

Velvet Revolver have released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experience a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.

Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.

It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.

Rest in peace Scott.

Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave

Scott Weiland: ‘There Could Be A Revival Of STP Or Velvet Revolver’

Scott Weiland was recently interviewed by South Detroit Soundhouse, and when asked about his relationship with his ex-bandmates in Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots, he had nothing but good things to say about them. Alternative Nation has transcribed these quotes.

“I’m still friendly with the guys in Velvet Revolver. I don’t have any negative feelings towards the guys in STP. We settled our suit, and I was content with that. I know your next question is going to be: ‘Do you think you’ll ever get back together with any of those bands?’ And my answer is: you never know what will happen in rock and roll.”

Weiland later talked about his future in music, which he envisions featuring more recording and touring with his band the Wildabouts, and possibly reuniting with STP or Velvet Revolver in the future.

“A lot more material, concerts to come, rocking out with these guys, I love these guys. Blacky is my best friend. These guys are my tightest friends, these are the guys my wife invites over for my birthday party on brunch. She cooks a mean ass brunch. So doing that, and you never know, there could be a revival of either STP or VR in the future. Rock never tells.”

Watch the full interview below.

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts are currently touring North America, with tour dates available on ScottWeiland.com. You can also follow Scott Weiland on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Weiland also recently released a new app showcasing his album Blaster, with a new track titled “Back to the City.”

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.


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.

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.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

 Co-edited by Doug McCausland.

Scott Weiland Says Guns N’ Roses Will Reunite

CLICK HERE to read Alternative Nation’s in-depth interview with Scott Weiland on the Rise & Fall of Stone Temple Pilots!

I conducted an in-depth interview with former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland last night for Alternative Nation that will be posted in its entirety on Monday, and during the interview Weiland said he thinks the original Guns N’ Roses lineup will reunite. When I asked him about his feud with Axl Rose in 2006 amidst rumors at the time of a Guns N’ Roses reunion, Weiland had some interesting comments for Alternative Nation.

“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.”

When I pressed Weiland on how he knew, he responded: “I just heard that.”

“We’ve heard rumors,” Weiland’s Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black added.

Weiland praised Slash’s starpower. “I think Slash is actually a bigger star right now than Axl.” Tommy Black called Slash a ‘brand.’ Weiland said, “He’s the hat.”

I also asked Weiland why he claimed Velvet Revolver were reuniting for a new album and tour in 2012, and he blamed Slash’s ex-wife for the reunion not happening following the band’s one off benefit show for John O’Brien.

“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.”

“As far as getting back together, I thought at the time we would get back together and do a tour.”

Check Alternative Nation on Monday for Weiland’s most candid interview in years where he discusses what really led to tension in STP during the band’s reunion, Chester Bennington’s status with STP, collaborating with ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Nirvana, Sub Pop, STP’s early days as Swing and Mighty Joe Young, his inspiration behind Blaster, and much more.

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.

Stone Temple Pilots Albums Get Ranked Up!

It is my firm opinion that Stone Temple Pilots’ discography is the most underappreciated mainstream rock catalog of the past 25 years of music; the band always managed to keep things fresh and shook up their formula every single album. Here, for your clickbait pleasure, is Alternative Nation’s ranking of STP’s records, from Core to High Rise.

In addition to STP’s six studio albums and E.P. with Chester Bennington, I’ve included Scott Weiland’s solo material and the various side projects of the Deleo bros (plus or minus Eric Kretz). Not included is Delta Deep, Robert Deleo’s newest project with Phil Collen of Def Leppard, or Art of Anarchy, which Weiland claims he was never truly part of in the first place.


14. Talk Show (1997)

The first attempt at replacing Weiland in the classic STP lineup, Talk Show saw Dave Coutts, whose vocals sort of combined the alternative sound of the mid-90’s with 80’s pop rock. As one who thinks none of the STP members have ever been involved with an awful record, Talk Show starts off strong before spiraling off into filler territory and does not really leave a lasting impression on the listener. Dave Coutts is an underrated vocalist, however, and he recently resurfaced after disappearing for many years, interacting with STP fans on Below Empty under the name “Cave Doutts” and performing some Talk Show material live in California.


13. Happy in Galoshes (2008)

There’s a solid album buried within the sprawling double-disc Happy in Galoshes, a cathartic concept album dealing with Weiland’s failing marriage with Mary Forsberg and his relationship with his brother Michael. However, like most double albums, the project collapses under its own weight. “She Sold Her System”, “Killing Me Sweetly”, and a very emotional rendition of “Be Not Afraid” are the highlights here, while the album lost a huge opportunity for a collaboration with pop icon Pharrell Williams: the original version of the singer’s seminal hit “Happy”, which leaked earlier this year, was conceived for Happy in Galoshes.


12. Army of Anyone (2006)

The DeLeo brothers’ collaboration with Filter frontman Richard Patrick and future Korn drummer Ray Luzier was a solid effort with masterful production and some great songwriting, but, like Talk Show, the songs lacked the extra “punch” and chemistry that Weiland and even Chester Bennington possess with their STP bandmates. Key tracks include “Non Stop”, “Goodbye”, and “A Better Place”. Note: Army of Anyone’s tourmates, Hurt, are a vastly underrated band to check out. Frontman J. Loren at one point joined Dean DeLeo on stage for a rendition of an original song, “Used To Know Her“.


11. High Rise (2013)

Chester Bennington always wore the Weiland influence on his sleeve and is doing a solid job thus far at STP’s live shows, but the High Rise EP was a bit too rushed and underwhelming as a mission statement by the new lineup. “Out of Time” and “Tomorrow” are the standout tracks here while the rest of the EP more or less goes through the motions. The new incarnation of STP desperately need to release a follow up with at least one heavy-hitting hit to really convince everyone they mean business in studio.


10. Libertad (2007)

The second and final Velvet Revolver album before Weiland’s departure from the band in March 2008, Libertad takes a poppier turn from Contraband. “She Builds Quick Machines” and “The Last Fight” represented the record on rock radio, though Libertad failed to have the same impact as its predecessor in 2004. The record continues the weird Weiland trend of keeping the strongest songs off of the retail release of the record; the rarity track “Gas And A Dollar Laugh” appears on the Japanese import of Libertad, while “Messages” appears on the iTunes edition.


9. Stone Temple Pilots (2010)

The last album to feature Scott Weiland on vocals, 2010’s self-titled “Peace” record was the only set of recorded material released by the classic STP lineup following their 2008 reunion. Stone Temple Pilots opted to push forward with their pop-rock style found on the band’s later records rather than appeal to grungeheads looking for Core 2.0. That’s not to say the record doesn’t have solid tunes: “Between The Lines”, “Take A Load Off”, “First Kiss On Mars”, & “Maver”, but the record doesn’t possess the longevity of the classic five albums and is ultimately an epilogue to the classic STP’s legacy.


8. Blaster (2015)

A solid comeback for frontman Scott Weiland with his new backing band, The Wildabouts, marred by the tragic death of guituarist Jeremy Brown at the age of 34. Blaster sort of represents a back-to-basics rock and roll record for Weiland after the divisive and experimental Happy in Galoshes. The record is front to back rock music with a focus on, as Weiland touted in many interviews, “filling the space between the notes” for a compact and fuzzy sound. The highlight of the record is the surreal Dylanesque rabble of “Parachute”.


7.  Contraband (2004)

The debut album from Velvet Revolver, featuring Weiland on vocals and Slash, Duff Mckagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner supplying the music. The music is tight and the production on Weiland’s vocals is as strong as ever. It’s a shame the band never truly followed up on the success of “Slither” and “Fall to Pieces”.


6. No. 4 (1999)

Producer Brendan O’Brien’s work on No. 4 was admittingly his weakest in the band’s catalog with its “wet towel” production, but the record is at its strongest during its more sentimental moments: the Billboard pop hit “Sour Girl”, the psychedelic-country love (or drug?) ballad “I Got You”, and the epic and soaring “Glide”, and the acoustic “Atlanta”, where Weiland completely channels his inner Morrison. Te latter two are two of the greatest songs in STP’s catalog of deep cuts. The other pole of the record is that of heavy-hitting rock tunes like “Down”, “Heaven & Hot Rods”, and “No Way Out.


5. Core (1992)

Core was the record that effectively started it all, blending contemporary alternative rock music with record-oriented mindset and classic rock riffs. The record blasted the bar band known as Mighty Joe Young to worldwide fame with tunes that are still relevant on rock radio to this day like “Plush”, “Wicked Garden”, & “Sex Type Thing”. While Core arguably has the strongest string of radio heavyweights, it’s still the band’s most generic outing as far as guitar-rock goes, and their sonic heights were not truly achieved until records like Tiny Music and Shangri-La Dee Da were released.


4. Shangri-La Dee Da (2001)

Choosing the slightly hokey “Days of the Week”, originally written for Sheryl Crow, as the lead single of STP’s fifth studio album sort of misrepresented the final product: Shangri-La Dee Da is easily STP’s most experimental album. After plowing through rockers “Dumb Love”, “Coma”, and “Hollywood Bitch”, the record descends into moody weirdness, from the manic melody of “Bi-Polar Bear” to “Transmissions from a Lonely Room”. The band found themselves at a junction when Dean Deleo and Scott Weiland reportedly got into a fist fight during their tour in support of Shangri-La Dee Da and scrapped their pending sixth album, reportedly a return to the sound of Core.

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3. 12 Bar Blues (1998)

Easily Weiland’s strongest solo record and one of this writer’s personal favorites of all time, 12 Bar Blues is the work of a creative genius in the deepest throes of addiction, and every inch of the album drips with the paradoxical desperation and manic highs Weiland was experiencing at this point in his career and personal life. From the slinky salsa-influenced “Desperation No. 5” to the ethereal closer “Opposite Octave Reaction”, 12BB is saturated with dark yet joyful melodies and psychedelic textures. Sadly, the album was too experimental to effectively kickstart a solo career, as if Scott skipped the Major Tom/Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars phase and went straight for the Berlin trilogy.


2. Purple (1994)

Purple is inherently the band’s most “listenable” album; it contains the crunchy riffs and baritone vocals that earned STP the grunge fanbase of the early 90’s while also pushing the band towards psych/pop-oriented songwriting. “Interstate Love Song”, “Big Empty”, & “Vasoline” were the two mega hits of the record. Songs like “Unglued” and “Silvergun Superman” are fan favorites. “Still Remains” is one of the best love ballads of the alternative nation era: “…take a bath I’ll drink the water that you leave, if you should die before me ask if you could bring a friend.”


1. Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop (1996)

Casual listeners often dismiss 1996’s Tiny Music as the point where STP fell off the wayward path and became something too different from their flannel and testosterone fueled early days. However, many hardcore fans and music lovers recognize Tiny Music as the group’s opus, a swirling vortex of psychedelia laden with Beatle-esque hooks. From the surreal elevator music intro of “Press Play” to the fan favorite album closer and heroin ballad “Seven Caged Tigers”, you’ll find an eclectic mix of styles stamped with STP’s brand of rock and roll: the bossa nova of “And So I Know”, the jazz-tinged ode to the music industry “Adhesive”, & the Zeppelin-meets Beatles frenzy of “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart”. As far as “divisive but acclaimed” mainstream rock records of the 90’s go, Tiny Music deserves to be in the same pantheon as Weezer’s Pinkerton, Nirvana’s In Utero, & Pearl Jam’s No Code.

Honorable Mention: Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (2011)

A masterpiece firing on all cylinders. Forget whatever inferior album you have in mind. Scott Weiland’s cover album of traditional Christmas classics (plus the original tune “Happy Christmas (And Many More)”) is the greatest piece of recorded material of the past century.


Guns N’ Roses’ Slash & Duff McKagan Reunite To Play “It’s So Easy”

Founding Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan reunited at a benefit over the weekend for Wonderland Elementary School over the weekend to perform “It’s So Easy.” The pair were joined by their Velvet Revolver bandmate Dave Kushner, Franky Perez, and Bill Burr, and also covered AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”

Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson discussed walking away from the band and his thoughts on a possible original Guns N’ Roses lineup reunion in a recent interview with The Current.

“The back story on that, I don’t really want to talk about on air. ‘Cause what happened with it, it has nothing to do with Axl or any of that stuff; it had more to do with my personal situation,” he said. “Basically, I played my last gig in Las Vegas with them and had to come home and tend to that the best I could while Replacements [reunion shows] were kinda being offered up. And I, you know, I sort of… I don’t know. I think that… My guess is…that, at some point, someone’s gonna call me and tell me what’s up with that. ‘Cause we all left… We’ve left on friendly terms— it wasn’t like a bad thing. But another guitar player, DJ Ashba, I think he ‘officially’ quit to do something but, you know, I just… I had to walk away and take care of my stuff so. Taking care of my stuff; whatever my stuff is.”

“I’ll be perfectly honest with you, man. I hope they do [reunite] because, you know, when you go back to where you started from and just check that out, and feel that for a moment after you’ve gone on and done all these other things, you know, there’s a reward that comes with that, and I had that with the [Replacements] stuff… It’s a good thing; it’s a good thing to do once in a while. And I hope it works out for ’em — if it actually happens.”