VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) will perform a jazzy version of the classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with a stand-up bass, some violinists and a grand piano during his scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Monday, December 18. Weiland is currently in the studio laying down tracks for an upcoming release of the song. The show airs nationally on NBC from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. ET/PT. Other guests scheduled to appear on the program are Samuel L. Jackson and Nick Thune.
Weiland recently spoke to MTV.com about the band's second album, for which recording is finally getting underway after months of false starts. Although Weiland had said in several earlier interviews that the project would be a concept record, he now says he has scrapped that idea because "there's been a hurricane of concept albums that have come out this year, and I really didn't want to make the concept album that made the levee break." VELVET REVOLVER wrote more than 18 tracks for the disc, including "Pills, Demons, Etc.", "Just 16", "Get Out the Door", and "Queen for a Day", and started tracking December 4.
VELVET REVOLVER is working on the CD with producer Brendan O'Brien after an initial stint with Rick Rubin "did not work out," according to Weiland. "Obviously, Rick makes things happen with people, and that chemistry creates a certain 'spiritual combustion' in some way," the singer said. "But with us, that didn't happen. I worked with Brendan on every STP record, and we needed somebody who was more in the trenches with us. When Brendan works with a band, he becomes the fifth or sixth bandmember. He gets in there with you, and he's in the thick of it. Every song that we were working on previously had a different feel, and songs that I was completely uninspired by, within a short period of time, became inspiring. Songs that I had no ideas for, I suddenly had a lot of ideas for, and took to completely different places than I think I would have taken them."