SCOTT WEILAND SAYS STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ARE TAKING A BREAK, PLEADS FOR A VELVET REVOLVER REUNION
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has talked about Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver in a new interview with Greg Prato and Rolling Stone. Weiland yet again stated his desire to reunite Velvet Revolver. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody this direct about wanting to reunite a band. Weiland even lied in an interview with ABC News Radio last year, claiming that the band were back together, writing a new album, and would be touring in late 2012. Slash denied this a couple of days later, stating that he does not want to play with Scott Weiland again and enjoys seeing him more without the baggage of being in a band with him. Slash has been enjoying a very successful solo career post Velvet Revolver, with Myles Kennedy as his lead singer. Here is Weiland’s reunion plea to Slash it seems.
“I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it. There have been some things that have stood in the way that aren’t anything that have to do with the band – just other players, whether it be agents . . . But now we’re sorting through things, and we want to start writing for some big film opportunities that have come our way, and try to set things up the way we set things up when we initially got together.”
Weiland also said “I think it’s the perfect time for Velvet Revolver to get back together” and “If the gods of rock want it to happen, then it will.” Whether Slash will go for this obvious cash grab reunion remains to be seen. What’s the point of a mid 2000′s commercial supergroup reuniting?
Weiland also confirmed that Stone Temple Pilots are taking a break. There seem to be conflicting stories regarding whose fault the state of the band is and why they don’t have any concrete plans for a new album. Dean DeLeo said in September that he is comfortable being a nostalgia act playing old hit songs and doesn’t feel playing deep cuts/new songs are rewarding due to crowd response. DeLeo also said he hopes to do a cash grab Core tour next summer. Scott Weiland’s Velvet Revolver comments can’t be sitting too well with his STP bandmates either.
“I think we kind of overplayed ourselves by playing the same set over and over. I think the band needs to take some time off and be creative again. I always felt that our creativity and the growth we made within making records as artists was equally as important as we were as a live band. The transformation from Core to where we ended up before we took that time off, when I started with Velvet Revolver, was enormous. I think we need to get back to that. I don’t think that touring consistently with a greatest hits package gets you anywhere. It diminishes things.”
I think Scott’s comments regarding the problems with the band are right on, but pleading for a Velvet Revolver reunion ($$$$$$$) isn’t good for STP. You’re the frontman, talk to your band about what you want to do! Weiland also said he hopes to start working on a new solo album (his solo band is now called Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts) in 2013.