STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
frontman Scott Weiland
recently spoke to MLive.com
about his upcoming tour and and album with his solo band THE WILDABOUTS
(consisting of multi-instrumentalist Doug Grean
, bassist Tommy Black
, drummer Dan Thompson
and guitarist Jeremy Brown
"I'm really looking forward to it," Weiland
said about the 20-city run of dates which will see him performing songs from the first two STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
albums, 1992's "Core"
and 1994's "Purple"
. "It's going to be really exciting — something completely new."
Regarding how the concept for the tour came about, Weiland
said: "Well, originally, it was an idea I came up with for STP
for the anniversary of 'Core'
to do the 'Core'
album in its entirety. The rest of the guys didn't want to do it. So, it was still something that there was a lot of public interest in. Having that said, the idea was brought up to me through management. I talked to the guys in my solo band, THE WILDABOUTS
, and they were totally into it, as were the promoters. It worked out."
He added: "We're still going to do some of our space jams and have them correlate into some of our STP
songs and a couple STP
songs into a couple of the covers that we've done during our solo band stuff."
As for the upcoming studio CD, Weiland
described it as "more of a rock 'n' roll album, as opposed to more of the sort of outside-the-box artistic sonic adventures that we've gone on in the past.
"The record that we're making, hopefully will attract more of the STP
and VELVET REVOLVER
fans. I think it will also help that we're doing this tour this way."Weiland
and THE WILDABOUTS
have not yet secured a label deal for the upcoming album, which they are producing themselves. He says of the process: "[it] isn't hard, unless you have a group of guys like STP
where every single person in the band is a producer. It's not as difficult in this situation. We're writing together. It's actually a lot easier. We're allowing everyone to put in their input and it's coming across much more as a rock 'n' roll record, but it's much more organic sounding."