The road that Scott Weiland has traveled through the music world has been a bumpy one with plenty of ups and downs. Born in 1967, Scott Weiland has been one of the lucky ones in that he has had a career in music that has lasted three decades. Some might question though if the price he has paid was too high.
On stage there are few other performers who can match what he brings. Labelled as flamboyant and chaotic by some, his fans prefer to call him charismatic and energetic. Though he has a good voice he has been known to play around with its sound by using a megaphone to sing through occasionally. Weiland’s problems have not come about because of a lack of talent rather he is one of the seemingly many in rock music who have substance abuse problems. He has been arrested several times, gone through many attempted rehabs and even been kicked out of bands because of his issues.
Starting from the beginning Scott Weiland in 1985 joined a band that through several roster and name changes finally became Stone Temple Pilots. In the band Weiland wrote the lyrics to the songs and was the lead singer. They released their first album, Core, in 1992. They became one of the most successful and influential bands that came out of the grunge era. After attaining commercial success with singles like “Creep”, “Plush”, “Interstate Love Song”, “Sour Girl”, “Vasoline”, and “Big Empty”. At several points during the band’s existence they had to break up or go on hiatus due to an arrest or drug problem with their frontman.
In late 2002 STP was mess and then finally in 2003 called it quits. Weiland wasn’t ready to give up on music so he joined a band called Velvet Revolver. The band was made up of himself and former Guns ‘n Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan along with former Wasted Youth member, Dave Kushner. They released albums and toured until 2008 and then they too broke up. Why they broke up remains an issue of debate, but what was sure was that the rest of the members no longer wanted to work with Weiland.
In 2008 Stone Temple Pilots started touring together again. It was a success and they even released their sixth album in 2010. Things went well until 2012 when tension started creeping back in. Conflict arose between Weiland and the rest. It continued in a he said/they said kind of way until it was announced on the band’s website in early 2013 that Weiland was no longer a member of Stone Temple Pilots.
Scott Weiland was now a solo artist. Kind of. He formed a backing band that was called The Wildabouts and began releasing solo stuff and touring. This is where the Scott Weiland story is at.
-Date: July 17, 2014
-Venue: Virgin Moblie Corona Theatre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Price: $50.65 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m.
-Opening Act: Eagle Tears