Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland and his band THE WILDABOUTS will release their first album ever on March 31. Titled "Blaster", the CD was produced by Rick Parker (BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB) and recorded throughout 2014 at Lavish Studios in Burbank and at The Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon."Blaster" features twelve tracks, all but one written by Weiland. SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS — Weiland, guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black, and drummer Danny Thompson — will hit the road in February in support of the new project, with tickets going on sale January 9 for the first 13 shows (see itinerary below). Additional shows will be added, but the two-times-Grammy-winning songwriter/vocalist Weiland and his band already have a busy spring, with previously announced shows at SXSW, the Sundance Film Festival and additional festival dates.
Weiland and THE WILDABOUTS have a camaraderie fostered by years of jamming and touring together. After spending several months on the road in 2013, they hunkered down in Weiland's Southern California studio and rehearsal space to write and record what would eventually become "Blaster".
"The album has its own distinctive sound," says Weiland, "but it also can entice those STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER fans who have stuck by me." He continues: "Over the years, I've gone back and forth between art records and being in a band. This is a hybrid. What we've come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy. There's a lot of fuzz. The best way to describe it is 'furry.'" Weiland adds: "I knew I wanted to make a rock record. It all just came together." Scott Weiland and THE WILDABOUTS tour dates:
Feb. 22 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock
Feb. 24 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Feb. 26 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Feb. 27 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
Feb. 28 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
Mar. 02 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
Mar. 03 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Mar. 06 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Mar. 07 - Destin, FL - Club LA
Mar. 10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Mar. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
Mar. 13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Mar. 14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall Additional festival dates:
Apr. 25 - Welcome to Rockville - Jacksonville, FL
May 16 - Rock on the Range - Colombus OH
May 30 - BottleRock Music Festival - Napa Valley Weiland's recent tour with his solo band THE WILDABOUTS featured him playing STP classics and select VELVET REVOLVER cuts alongside two songs from THE WILDABOUTS' forthcoming album, THE WILDABOUTS originally began as a five-piece but recently decided to drop down to a four-piece. "The reason for doing that was, we started playing one time… like, there 's a couple of times Doug [Grean, guitar] was gone and we played, and we realized that it sounded a lot better as a four-piece; there was a lot more space between the beats, between the notes," Scott told MSN Canada.