It’s common knowledge in the rock world that Weiland’s had a storied past fraught with drugs and the problems that ensues, but as fans, we only know what we read or hear secondhand. The only way we can really make an assessment of how he’s doing is to see him live in concert. We go to hear the music that we love from the records. We go to see the man who formed Stone Temple Pilots and wrote their lyrics, and later was in the supergroup Velvet Revolver. We go to live an experience that will only happen once and never again.
What will he be like? Who is he using in his band? Will he be sober? Will he be high? Will he fall down? Will he show up?
Well, he showed up and he had a really good band. He seemed sober. He didn’t fall down except at the end when the whole band laid on the floor of the stage that made for a pretty funny moment.
But the show was not without its problems. For a couple of songs, he wasn’t singing on key. He finally signaled to the sound engineer to raise the volume in the monitors on stage so he could hear himself better and that helped.
His four-piece band, The Wildabouts were solid and that made a big difference as did Weiland’s command of the stage. His long, lean body is reminiscent of Jim Morrison but his moves are more like Jagger’s. He’s got some David Bowie in him, too, that made “Jean Genie” no surprise to hear. He and his band also covered Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song”, a highlight of the show; “Roadhouse Blues” by the Doors, and even a quick, what seemed spontaneous, “Blowin’ in the Wind” where Weiland changed the lyrics to be about record companies, etc.
While there were some Stone Temple Pilots hits, he left a lot out including Sex Type Thing, Wicked Garden and Plush.
At one point, the singer helped a couple become engaged by bringing them onto the stage where the husband-to-be, sporting a tattoo of STP lyrics, got down on bended knee and posed the question. She said yes.
It’s got to be tough when the band you started is out touring without you, and with a hit record to boot. ‘Course, it’s probably even more tough for the members of Stone Temple Pilots to carry on without their original leader.
Scott Weiland’s got a lot to offer– and can do it on his own accord as evidenced this night. The fans were on his side, chanting “F-you Chester” during a lull in the set referring to Chester Bennington singing with STP these days. Weiland responded to that on stage, saying he’s sorry the fans feel they are caught in the middle of it. Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington play the House of Blues in Atlantic City Sept 7.
Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts Purple to the Core tour started August 2 in Los Angeles and goes through August 24th in Ft Lauderdale. Opening the show is The Last Internationale, a folk rock trio from New York City that received rave reviews from fans.