VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland recently spoke to Steve Morse of The Boston Globe about the group's debut album, "Contraband", his drug addiction, and the near break-up of his marriage. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
Q: How is the new album different from your work with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS?
Scott Weiland: "A lot of the STP records that I wrote with Dean and Robert [the DeLeo brothers] came when I was definitely very depressed and struggling. I was at a loss to know who I was. And in not knowing who I was, a lot of the thematic elements were very dark and self-effacing. However, there was a lot of anger on the VELVET REVOLVER record, which was different. . . . My wife and I were separated, and, leading just up to the recording, we were starting a divorce. And I had just gotten arrested and was getting my chain yanked around. There was anger toward the system. It wasn't that sort of 'poor me' emotion."
Q: You're back with your wife and two children and you're back on the road. Have things really turned around?
Scott Weiland: "This has been the most happy time of my entire life. I figured out the only way to get my wife back was to stop focusing on getting my wife back and try to figure out who I was — and that's when the process really began. I had been trying to follow the same footsteps of everybody who had gotten their [act] together through traditional mediums. And I don't need to name that process because everybody knows what I'm talking about. But in trying to do that, I was continuously banging my head against the wall. . . . The thing with me is that I am an individual — I'm a square peg who can't fit into a round hole. I was allowed by the courts to get into [a program] where I was turned onto this dude who was a lifetime junkie, and he happened to have a completely different philosophy than anyone I had ever met. He took little bits from every different philosophy to make his own. For me, that made sense. That was a new place to start from. . . . And for whatever reason, I got to a point in my life where [heroin] is just something I can't conceive of doing again. I made a decision that that's not who I am anymore."
Read Scott Weiland's entire interview with The Boston Globe at this location.