SERJ TANKIAN, DISTURBED, 10 YEARS, AIRBOURNE, FILTER and SEVENDUST have been confirmed for the Rock on the Range festival, set to be held May 17-18 at Columbus, Ohio's Columbus Crew Stadium. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported yesterday, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will headline the AEG Live-steered event, which is expanding this year to two days.
Rock on the Range festival billing is shaping up as follows:
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
3 DOORS DOWN
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
Tickets go on sale Feb. 23. VIP packages are available that include hotel, merchandise and other perks.
VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash recently confirmed to Billboard.com that VELVET singer Scott Weiland will reunite with his previous band, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, for a short series of shows this summer. Slash did not offer any other details and there has yet to be official word from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS themselves. Weiland broke the news last month at a benefit in Florida, telling the Miami Herald to watch out for an STP reunion in the months ahead. VELVET REVOLVER is touring now in support of last year's "Libertad" album and plans to begin work on its third record this spring.
Although STONE TEMPLE PILOTS broke up in 2002 under less than friendly circumstances, both Weiland and guitarist Dean DeLeo have said that the band members are all on good terms now. Weiland even told The Pulse of Radio he could envision making another STP album. "We were never a band that felt like we needed to lean too hard onto our muscle," he said. "We always felt like we had enough beauty and enough finesse in our music, you know, while we were together, that could carry us into a long career. So for us to make a record at an older age doesn't seem like a stretch, you know, 'cause we were never all about brawn."
The last STP album, "Shangri-La-Dee-Da", came out in 2001. The band's initial success in the early and mid-'90s was derailed in the latter part of the decade by Weiland's well-documented drug problems and arrests.
Weiland, who entered rehab last week at an undisclosed location, has struggled with substance abuse problems for more than a decade, although he has reportedly been clean for nearly four years until now. Questions about his condition flared a few weeks ago when he missed a VELVET REVOLVER performance at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, claiming transportation problems.