Stone Temple Pilots' original frontman, Scott Weiland, performed at the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wis., on May 5. Now touring as Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, the vocalist presented classic STP, Velvet Revolver and solo material in addition to a smoking cover of Bowie's "The Jean Genie."
The STP rift seems to have opened wider this past year, when the DeLeo brothers invited Linkin Park's Chester Bennington to join the band on vocals. That might have been the point of no return as both sides are in litigation. Regardless, Weiland has been touring and still draws his fans--albeit to smaller clubs instead of packed arenas.
Weiland started the evening strong, opening the show with "Crackerman" and "Tumble in the Rough" to get the night started. His vocals were strong and harked back to his prime. A handful of Velvet Revolver songs were well received, "Do It for the Kids," "Sucker Train Blues" and "Slither" were mixed into the set.
Though he's not touring on a new album, Weiland did perform a few new songs on the night. A bluesy "The Way She Moves" was solid. However it was "Circles," played during his encore that was intriguing. Weiland sat on the drum riser, while his bandmates knelt on the stage. The subdued performance was a change of pace for the vocalist and its folk roots show promise and a potential change of direction.
A single lowlight on the night was the performance of "Vasoline." Weiland seemed to lose focus during the song and the Wildabouts simply do not pack the punch to make up for any deficiencies in Weiland's game. He was somewhat drifty, but that's to be expected given his history. Altogether, the show definitely trumped his performance at Chicago House of Blues last year. One can hope that that his star is back on the rise.
Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts setlist:
Tumble in the Rough
Do It for the Kids
The Way She Moves
The Jean Genie
Big Bang Baby
Sucker Train Blues
Beach Pop Rock
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