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14 Dec
2011

Scott Weiland just released an official video for “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” the second single from his brand new holiday album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The singer shared in his liner notes that many of the songs were first written and recorded in times of strife, and that their messages are just as relevant now to troops serving overseas. The sepia-toned video pays tribute to this concept and stars Weiland in vintage military uniform, accompanied by footage of troops being reunited with loved ones. The song follows up the release of “Winter Wonderland,” Weiland’s tribute to Bing Crosby’s timeless version.

Weiland recently visited iHeartRadio’s New York City theater for live performances of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and is currently playing a series of intimate shows across the US (remaining dates are below).

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is available in stores and online at iTunes/Amazon. For more information, visit ScottWeiland.com. You can also win the album by emailing us tapcontests@gmail.com (with the subject: GIMME MY SCOTT WEILAND CD!) with your name, and we’ll email you back if you win! (winner must have a US mailing address) Good luck!

Tour Dates:
December 16 – The Paramount, Huntington NY
December 17 – City Winery NYC, New York NY
December 19 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC
December 23 – Brixton, Redondo Beach CA

01 Dec
2011

By Kevin Seaman

Now I’ve seen it all. Tuesday night, Scott Weiland performed for an audience of about 100 fans at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in promotion of his new Holiday Album, “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.” The album consists entirely of traditional Christmas tunes such as “White Christmas” and everyone’s favorite- “Winter Wonderland.” Although the album doesn’t exactly qualify as a milestone in Weiland’s highly successful and equally tumultuous career, one could say that he pulls off this collection of un-hatebale songs in his own bizarre, eccentric, Scott Weiland-esqe way.

I’ve been a huge fan of all Scott Weiland’s projects since I was but a young lad, and I’ve followed his career very closely all the while. I like to think I’ve been considerably more patient with his bad habits and attitudes over the years than most fans (and certainly his band mates) were willing to be. For me, the reward has been what I believe to be an excellent and emotionally charged catalogue of music that spans many genres and musical styles.

The iHeartRadio Theater is definitely one of the most exclusive venues I’ve been to in New York. The standing room holds no more than 200 folks, and is just about the size of an Olympic swimming pool. It’s not a place to hang out. It’s a place to catch a very brief live performance from some of the biggest names in the business. I had fairly high expectations for the show- being all exclusive and all; but in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but think, “what if he’s messed up on drugs, and makes a fool of himself?” It’s hard for me to imagine Scott’s voice sounding anything less than great, but I guess I hadn’t seen him perform in a while.

In true rock star fashion, Weiland didn’t take the stage until about 7:45 p.m., 45 minutes late. He began talking about the “Holiday Album”, and his newfound appreciation for the string jazz ensemble that worked with him on it. I hoped the string section would remain on stage for more than just the Christmas songs, but they did not. I was curious to know what it would sound like to hear some acoustic “strung out” STP tunes.

Let me go on record stating that I am the last person on earth that wants to write a negative review about Scott Weiland, but it’s hard to call this performance an all out success. In the studio, Weiland’s voice still sounds as smooth as ever, but at age 44, I believe the man has lost the perfectly raw live Rock performance voice of yesteryear. The 3 Christmas tunes he opened with were actually his most flawless songs of the night vocally. His voice sounded great on them, although the feeling in the crowd was as awkward and confused as I’ve ever been party to at a “rock and roll concert.” A drunk buffoon in the front row kept disrupting Scott on stage, and seemed to have a boy crush on him. A solid 5 minutes of show time was spent listening to this guy make a fool of himself. He was quite entertaining, and was then escorted out by a friendly pair of security guards. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. After the three Christmas tunes, Weiland performed my favorite song of the night, “Killing Me Sweetly”, a gem from his most recent double-disc solo album “Happy In Galoshes.” Next, Scott got emotional while talking about touring with STP and the old n’ days. When I heard the opening notes to “Wonderful” off STP’s “Shangri La-De-Da” record, I was very pleased. I expected him to play a bunch of the commercial STP tunes (Sour Girl, Interstate Love Song, Plush, etc.) so this was a surprise. He warned the crowd to bear with him, and apparently for good reason. Although it felt great to hear this deep track played live (especially in such an intimate venue) I knew the words far better than he did. It was a great idea, but it was clear that this song had not been rehearsed- ever. I thought about grabbing the microphone and helping him out. Probably should’ve done it. Oh well. I’ll give him credit for one thing- he certainly wears his heart on his sleeve. He was completely lost in his songs, and I really understood it. I’ve been there with some of his songs and countless others, and to see what looked like genuine emotion pouring through the microphone was pretty special. On the other hand…. I guess it can also be difficult to determine whether rock stars are caught up with emotion or are just unbelievably high, but I’m not one to speculate. Weiland continued with a very sloppy yet jazzy version of the STP hit “Vaseline”. Then we heard a strange rendition of Velvet Revolver’s “Do It for The Kids”. Again sloppy, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why he decided to pretend he was David Bowie. I mean….he really sounded like him, but it was just strange. He closed the show with around 10 minutes of improvisational hard-rocking-jazzy-hip-hoppy-loungey musical jambalaya including some intense, epic percussion.

It’s certainly no secret that rock stars don’t age like wine. Scott Weiland will always be remembered as one of the most talented rock vocalists of his generation, but I do believe his ability to really wail on songs like “Dead and Bloated” has evaded him. This is not necessarily a bad thing! He still has a strong, mature, and captivating voice- but I just don’t think its built for stadium rock tours anymore. On the whole, this was an interesting show to say the least. Clocking in at just under an hour, I am lucky to have been in attendance. If you’re not familiar with Scott’s solo work, please check out the albums “12 Bar Blues” and “Happy In Galoshes”. Good dirt.

Photos by Kevin Seaman

19 Nov
2011


Two-time Grammy winner Scott Weiland just debuted his new, retro-inspired video for “Winter Wonderland,” which finds him channeling the signature sound that Bing Crosby brought to the song nearly 50 years ago. The song is the first release from his new Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

The inception of the album began two years ago when Weiland first performed “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The singer says Frank Sinatra’s legendary 1957 recording of the song, which featured a full orchestra, inspired his take on this sentimental favorite. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year also features timeless holiday standards such as “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” There are surprises as well, including a reggae version of “O Holy Night” complete with steel drums, a spritely “Silent Night” propelled by a bossa nova beat and a jazzy “What Child Is This?” where Weiland channels his inner Van Morrison.

The album is available now in stores and on all digital retail outlets (iTunes / Amazon MP3
)- get more details at ScottWeiland.com.

Track Listing
1. “The Christmas Song”
2. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
3. “White Christmas”
4. “Silent Night”
5. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”
6. “What Child Is This?”
7. “Winter Wonderland”
8. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
9. “Happy Christmas And Many More”
10. “O Holy Night”

Scott Weiland will be playing a special iHeartRadio concert in New York City at the PC Richard & Son Theater on Tuesday November 29th at 7pm. If you wanna win your way in, all you have to do is email us theaudioperv@gmail.com (with the subject: I WANNA SEE SCOTT WEILAND!) with your name and your favorite holiday song. We’ll email you back if you win! (Winner must be 16 years of age or older with a valid photo ID).

27 May
2011

Scott Weiland performed “Into Your Arms” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below and pick up his new book Not Dead & Not For Sale on Amazon or Kindle

21 May
2011

Scott Weiland performed the Depeche Mode classic “But Not Tonight” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The song is off of the Not American Teen Movie Soundtrack (which features a ton of great 80s covers) released nearly ten years ago. Pick up the album on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

Scott also just released his new book Not Dead & Not For Sale on Amazon or Kindle

Watch “But Not Tonight” and a brief interview below.

06 Dec
2010

Fall To Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Mental Illness–the critically acclaimed gripping memoir written by Mary Forsberg Weiland with Larkin Warren–will be released in paperback December 7th via It Books/HarperCollins Publishers (list price $14.99).

In Fall To Pieces, Mary–mother, model, bipolar disorder survivor and recovering drug addict–reveals the extreme highs and lows of her life with refreshing candor and unflinching detail. She beautifully tells the story of her life, including her longtime relationship with ex-husband, Stone Temple Pilots/former Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland. In Fall To Pieces, Mary offers a window into the world of modeling and rock ‘n’ roll, while at the same time providing deep insights into the drug and alcohol addictions that could have killed her, and her serious and misunderstood mental illness.

Mary felt it was important to share her story, despite fears of how revealing her personal battles might affect her family. She explains her reason for writing Fall To Pieces and why she felt bipolar disorder was an important subject to address: “I reject the stigma that the words ‘mental illness’ carry and I’d love to be a part of the movement to eliminate it. After my bipolar diagnosis, I read countless books on the subject. I had a difficult time connecting to them because my story often lacked the intense mania that so many people struggle with.”

While the holidays are a joyous time of year for many, they can also be especially difficult for those who suffer from mental illness or depression. Mary hopes that Fall To Pieces may help provide some understanding, laughter, and insight for those struggling with similar demons. “The holidays can be an emotionally taxing and lonely time. My biggest dream for Fall To Pieces was that others might find the strength and a little bit of that light that lifted me from my darkness. I have received an overwhelming response from so many readers who were able to connect with this story. The dialogue we’ve shared over the last months has been one of my most cherished gifts. Thanks to the many who have discovered it, the book has a life I never could have imagined. It’s humbling and inspiring.”

Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of “Loveline” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” and author of The Mirror Effect and Cracked, has noted: “Mary Weiland’s beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across. Honest, clear, and accurate, Mary takes us into the reality of a world that is idealized in the tabloids. I have always loved Mary and Scott Weiland, but never more than now.”

Here a sample of the critical praise for Fall To Pieces:

“…a harrowing story of addiction and mental illness.”

–People Magazine, November 9, 2009

“…a worthy addition to the rock canon.”

–Maureen Callahan, New York Post, November 15, 2009

“For all the death and devastation detailed in its pages, the book is surprisingly funny.”

–Dean Goodman, Reuters, November 24, 2009

“…she chronicles her extraordinary life with equal shades of whimsy, humor, honesty and hope. From an international modeling career and her marriage to legendary Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland to struggles with mental illness and addiction, Mary has crafted a poignant and essential portrait of growing up. It’s impossible not to identify with many of the moments in this tome—some heartbreaking, some hilarious, all real. It’s easily one of the most powerful books you will read this year.”

–Rick Florino, Artistdirect.Com, November 19, 2009

Mary is currently studying for her certification in drug and alcohol counseling with a focus on co-occurring disorders at Loyola Marymount University.

For more information on Fall To Pieces, go to: http://falltopiecesthebook.com.

10 Aug
2010

The longest-running, most successful partnership in the history of rock takes flight anew, as legendary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, collaborate on the brand new concept album, GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME, arriving in stores September 21st on Arista Records. The album was co-produced by Howard Benson, Matt Serletic, Carlos Santana and Clive Davis.

Working from their collective encyclopedic knowledge of rock, Carlos Santana and Clive Davis devised a list of guitar-centric titles – and then invited a Who’s Who of guest vocalists to perform on every track. Singers range from Chris Cornell (on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”), Pat Monahan (on Van Halen’s “Dance the Night Away”), Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (on The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm”), Rob Thomas (on Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love), Scott Weiland (on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’”), Chris Daughtry (on Def Leppard’s “Photograph”), Gavin Rossdale (on T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong”) to rapper Nas (on AC/DC’s “Back In Black”), veteran Joe Cocker (on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”), and more.

A very special dedication to George Harrison comes together on GUITAR HEAVEN…, with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” on the album’s first single featuring singer india.arie and master cellist Yo-Yo Ma. “Listening to the song,” Olivia Harrison told Carlos, “it made me jump for joy and cry at the same time.” (Please see below for complete and deluxe edition track listing.)

Along with these stars, Carlos offers “supreme validation and compliment” to his full-time band for their work on GUITAR HEAVEN…, their first entire full-length studio album recording together. Band members who join him on the album include Dennis Chambers (drums), Benny Rietveld (bass), Karl Perrazo (timbales), Tommy Anthony (rhythm guitar), Freddie Ravel (keyboards), Andy Vargas (background vocals), and Raul Rekow (Congas). Bill Ortiz (trumpet) and Jeff Cressman (trombone) also appear on the record.

“To create these songs,” said Carlos, “it took an incredible amount of trust – from Howard Benson and Matt Serletic, and from, and all these incredible singers, all these incredible musicians, they had to trust me, and I trusted Clive, so it’s a chain reaction of love, because that’s the highest form of love that there is on this planet: Trust.”

“The cuts are special and the guest stars are special,” said Clive Davis. “But what is unique and why this album stands for more than just the individual songs or titles, is that they were indeed chosen because they’re guitar classics. And they celebrate the guitar because of the performance of Carlos Santana.”

GUITAR HEAVEN… is the first new studio album by Santana since their trilogy of consecutive blockbuster Arista releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005). All three albums were produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis. They represented a warm and well-received reunion with the executive who first signed Santana to Columbia Records (after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West over Christmas week, 1968, at Bill Graham’s request). Clive oversaw their formative years on the path to international superstardom starting in 1969, with the release of their debut album on August 18th, the Monday after their historic Saturday performance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.

Three decades later in 1999, Supernatural became – and remains – an unsurpassed industry phenom, 15-times RIAA platinum in the U.S. alone, nearly double that number of sales globally, the #6 best-selling album in Soundscan history. Supernatural spent 102 weeks on the Billboard chart including 12 weeks at #1. Its success was fueled by the #1 singles “Smooth” (co-written by and feat ur ing Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty) and “Maria Maria” (featur ing Product G&B).

Most significantly, Supernatural generated nine GRAMMY awards, an all-time record for a single album project, including Album Of the Year and Best Rock Album, as well as Record Of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration, all for “Smooth”; plus Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group for “Maria Maria.” There were also premiere Latin GRAMMY Award wins (the show’s first year) for Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group.

Supernatural was a hard act to follow – but 2002’s Shaman gave Santana a second consecutive #1 multi-platinum album, propelled by the GRAMMY-winning Top 5 single “The Game of Love” featuring Michelle Branch; and Top 10 “Why Don’t You and I” with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. Third in this series of collaborative albums was 2005’s All That I Am, which entered Soundscan at #2, highlighted by the anthemic rocker “Just Feel Better,” featuring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

Ultimate Santana was released in 2007, the first career-spanning anthology to include touchstone tracks from the band’s earliest hitmaking years on Columbia Records (“Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” “Samba Pa Ti,” “Everybody’s Everything,” “No One To Depend On,” “Europa”) – alongside material from the three Arista albums, the groundbreaking collaborations plus new and previously unreleased tracks.

It has been more than 40 years since the original Santana Blues Band played its first shows at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West in San Francisco, opening for The Who in October 1967. Santana is unique among all the first generation Bay Area bands for sustaining its success on the charts and on the road as a sold-out stadium attraction. Their track record boasts 20 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums (including their first 14 consecutive certifications) and lifetime sales of more than 90 million albums worldwide. GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME carries the continuum to the next generation.

GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME
Standard edition – final track listing:

“Whole Lotta Love” featuring Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin)
“Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” featuring Scott Weiland (The Rolling Stones)
“Sunshine Of Your Love” featuring Rob Thomas (Cream)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma (The Beatles)
“Dance the Night Away” featuring Pat Monahan (Van Halen)
“Back In Black” featuring Nas (AC/DC)
“Riders On the Storm” featuring Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
“Smoke On the Water” featuring Jacoby Shaddix (Deep Purple)
“Photograph” featuring Chris Daughtry (Def Leppard)
“Bang A Gong” featuring Gavin Rossdale (T. Rex)
“Little Wing” featuring Joe Cocker (Jimi Hendrix)
“I Ain’t Superstitious” featuring Jonny Lang (Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group)

Deluxe Edition

Includes standard edition track listing plus “Fortunate Son” featuring Scott Stapp (Credence Clearwater Revival) and “Under the Bridge” featuring Andy Vargas (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

The deluxe edition also features never-before-seen footage on DVD entitled “The Making Of Guitar Heaven…” including “behind the scenes” footage from the studio and interviews with guest vocalists from the album and producers Howard Benson, Matt Serletic, and Clive Davis, as well as an extensive one-on-one interview with Carlos Santana and Clive Davis.

15 Jul
2010

The longest-running, most successful partnership in the history of rock takes flight anew, as legendary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, collaborate on the brand new concept album, GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME, arriving in stores September 21st on Arista Records. The album was co-produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis with tracks produced by Matt Serletic and Howard Benson.

PRE-ORDER GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME

Working from their collective encyclopedic knowledge of rock, Carlos Santana and Clive Davis devised a list of guitar-centric titles – and then invited a Who’s Who of guest vocalists to perform on every track. Singers range from Chris Cornell (on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”), Pat Monahan (on Van Halen’s “Dance the Night Away”), Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (on The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm”), Rob Thomas (on Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love), Scott Weiland (on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’”), Chris Daughtry (on Def Leppard’s “Photograph”), Gavin Rossdale (on T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong”) to rapper Nas (on AC/DC’s “Back In Black”), veteran Joe Cocker (on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”), and more.

PRE-ORDER GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME

A very special dedication to George Harrison comes together on GUITAR HEAVEN…, with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” featuring singer india.arie and master cellist Yo-Yo Ma. “Listening to the song,” Olivia Harrison told Carlos, “it made me jump for joy and cry at the same time.” (Please see below for a working track listing.)

Along with these stars, Carlos offers “supreme validation and compliment” to his full-time band for their work on GUITAR HEAVEN…, their first entire full-length studio album recording together. Band members who join him on the album include Dennis Chambers (drums), Benny Rietveld (bass), Karl Perrazo (timbales), Tommy Anthony (rhythm guitar), Freddie Ravel (keyboards), Andy Vargas (background vocals), and Raul Rekow (Congas). Bill Ortiz (trumpet) and Jeff Cressman (trombone) also appear on the record.

“To create these songs,” said Carlos, “it took an incredible amount of trust – from Matt Serletic, and from Howard Benson, and all these incredible singers, all these incredible musicians, they had to trust me, and I trusted Clive, so it’s a chain reaction of love, because that’s the highest form of love that there is on this planet: Trust.”

“The cuts are special and the guest stars are special,” said Clive Davis. “But what is unique and why this album stands for more than just the individual songs or titles, is that they were indeed chosen because they’re guitar classics. And they celebrate the guitar because of the performance of Carlos Santana.”

PRE-ORDER GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME

GUITAR HEAVEN… is the first new studio album by Santana since their trilogy of consecutive blockbuster Arista releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005). All three albums were produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis. They represented a warm and well-received reunion with the executive who first signed Santana to Columbia Records (after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West over Christmas week, 1968, at Bill Graham’s request). Clive oversaw their formative years on the path to international superstardom starting in 1969, with the release of their debut album on August 18th, the Monday after their historic Saturday performance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.

Three decades later in 1999, Supernatural became – and remains – an unsurpassed industry phenom, 15-times RIAA platinum in the U.S. alone, nearly double that number of sales globally, the #6 best-selling album in Soundscan history. Supernatural spent 102 weeks on the Billboard chart including 12 weeks at #1. Its success was fueled by the #1 singles “Smooth” (co-written by and feat ur ing Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty) and “Maria Maria” (featur ing Product G&B).

Most significantly, Supernatural generated nine GRAMMY awards, an all-time record for a single album project, including Album Of the Year and Best Rock Album, as well as Record Of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration, all for “Smooth”; plus Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group for “Maria Maria.” There were also premiere Latin GRAMMY Award wins (the show’s first year) for Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group.

Supernatural was a hard act to follow – but 2002’s Shaman gave Santana a second consecutive #1 multi-platinum album, propelled by the GRAMMY-winning Top 5 single “The Game of Love” featuring Michelle Branch; and Top 10 “Why Don’t You and I” with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. Third in this series of collaborative albums was 2005’s All That I Am, which entered Soundscan at #2, highlighted by the anthemic rocker “Just Feel Better,” featuring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

Ultimate Santana was released in 2007, the first career-spanning anthology to include touchstone tracks from the band’s earliest hitmaking years on Columbia Records (“Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” “Samba Pa Ti,” “Everybody’s Everything,” “No One To Depend On,” “Europa”) – alongside material from the three Arista albums, the groundbreaking collaborations plus new and previously unreleased tracks.

It has been more than 40 years since the original Santana Blues Band played its first shows at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West in San Francisco, opening for The Who in October 1967. Santana is unique among all the first generation Bay Area bands for sustaining its success on the charts and on the road as a sold-out stadium attraction. Their track record boasts 20 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums (including their first 14 consecutive certifications) and lifetime sales of more than 90 million albums worldwide. GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME carries the continuum to the next generation.

PRE-ORDER GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME


GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME (working track listing):

“Whole Lotta Love” featuring Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin)
“Sunshine Of Your Love” featuring Rob Thomas (Cream)
“Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” featuring Scott Weiland (The Rolling Stones)
“Dance the Night Away” featuring Pat Monahan (Van Halen)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma (The Beatles)
“Bang A Gong” featuring Gavin Rossdale (T. Rex)
“Smoke On the Water” featuring Jacoby Shaddix (Deep Purple)
“Photograph” featuring Chris Daughtry (Def Leppard)
“Back In Black” featuring Nas (AC/DC)
“Little Wing” featuring Joe Cocker (Jimi Hendrix)
“Riders On the Storm” featuring Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
“I Ain’t Superstitious” featuring Jonny Lang (Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group)
“Fortunate Son” featuring Scott Stapp (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

24 May
2010


Whenever a major rock band like Stone Temple Pilots plays a radio festival, there are several risks the band takes that could jeopardize the whole night: Sound problems, the crowd being unfamiliar with the band’s music, annoying DJs trying to steal the spotlight. Stone Temple Pilots didn’t encounter any of these issues as they displayed one of their most solid performances yet Sunday night at the MMR-B-Q 2010 in Camden, NJ. Playing their second consecutive radio festival (the band played DC101′s Chili Cookoff on Saturday), Stone Temple Pilots played a seventeen song set to the near capacity crowd at the Susquehanna Bank Center.

Opening with powerful fan favorites “Vasoline”, “Wicked Garden”, and “Crackerman”, Stone Temple Pilots delicately balanced the set infusing it with new songs like “Between The Lines” and “Hickory Dichotomy” (the two most well received new songs off of their upcoming self-titled album) before playing radio hit singles like “Big Empty” and “Sour Girl.” Though he’s performed these songs countless times, Scott Weiland’s ability to sing and move on stage as if the band was on their first ever tour makes him such an excellent performer. Whatever is his new vice, he should stick to it. The DeLeo Brothers, who never seem to miss a note, continue to be masters of their instruments (Robert on bass, Dean on guitar). Last night’s show could’ve been recorded for a live release as it was nearly flawless. The biggest surprise is that drummer Eric Kretz sounds his best ever, especially on “Lounge Fly” and “Tumble In The Rough,” the latter of which has only recently returned to the band’s setlist after several years off.

Before ending the first set, Alice in Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell (who performed earlier in the evening with his band) joined Stone Temple Pilots onstage to play “Sex Type Thing.” Though the song stands strong on its own, Cantrell seemed to rejuvenate a nearly twenty year old classic hit. Prior to closing with “Trippin On A Hole In A Paper Heart”, Stone Temple Pilots began the encore by inviting a lucky fan to come up and sing the intro of “Dead and Bloated” into Weiland’s famed megaphone. The only complaint of the show was that it didn’t last longer. An announcement on STP’s late summer tour is coming soon and the band would be remiss to not return to the area.

Stone Temple Pilots self-titled new album comes out Tuesday May 25th. Find out how you can win it here

Setlist:
Vasoline
Wicked Garden
Crackerman
Between The Lines
Hickory Dichotomy
Big Empty
Sour Girl
Creep
Plush
Interstate Love Song
Bagman
Huckleberry Crumble
Tumble in the Rough
Lounge Fly
Sex Type Thing (with Jerry Cantrell)

Encore:
Dead & Bloated
Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart

18 Jun
2009
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Everyone knows that you have to kiss a lot of ass to get what you want. Rick Florino from Artist Direct got Scott Weiland to talk about Stone Temple Pilots’s new album, Scott’s solo album “Happy in Galoshes” and STP’s upcoming St. Jude Rock N Roll Show. He also kissed Scott’s ass big time (ok ok, we probably would’ve done it too but not to this extreme) by praising his solo album, the “beauty” and “darkness” of STP songs and Scott’s creativity with his label Softdrive Records and their webisodes (fun). Read an excerpt below and go here to read the whole interview.

    Where in the world are you right now?

    I’m in the studio working on new STP music. It’s coming along really, really well! We have about 18 songs written, and vocals are written on about ten of them.

    Your most recent solo record, Happy (In Galoshes) truly felt boundless. Was there something especially liberating about the process behind that album?

    Definitely! I’ve played in bands for most of my life, ever since being a teenager. At the age of 16, I formed my first band. Being in a band, you write songs and you make decisions based on a democratic process. I guess not every band does, but for the bands that I’ve been in, it was that way. I find it tends to work like that as long as the actual members are talented and they have something to say—whether it’s musically or socially. This record, in the same sense of 12 Bar Blues, my first solo album, gave me the opportunity—whenever I was feeling that desire—to create in that arena which was not a rock band. It gave me the chance to do whatever I wanted to do with my partner Doug because we have our own studio. We could get as sonically “out there” as we wanted to and tap into all of our different musical influences. We also got to use all of the various forms of instrumentation that we have here in the studio. It’s a fun place to hang out, write and work without a lot of pressure.

    The Beatles could have the most beautiful melodies, but there was always a hint of uneasiness or darkness thinly veiled. When listening to one of STP’s songs like “Seven Caged Tigers,” you see the beauty, but you feel that darkness. You capture that too.

    Thank you very much. I appreciate that.

    When you can be in the middle of those two extremes and say something, that’s the mark of a true artist.

    You’re getting what we’re about and what we set out to do. That’s the best compliment that you can get really.

    How did everything come together with the St. Jude Rock N’ Roll Hope Show?

    We were approached and asked if we would be interested in doing it. Of course, we were! More than that, we’re grateful to have the opportunity. My mother survived cancer. I know what a debilitating disease it is. She actually was a survivor. Forms of cancer that attack young people, like Leukemia, doctors don’t seem to have had as much headway in finding a cure as they’ve had with the fight against breast cancer. You don’t know why that is. It’s just one of those things that doesn’t seem fair. None of it seems fair. For the first time, I had my cancer check-up because now I know that it runs in the family. It’s a scary thought. To think that kids at a such a young age have to deal with that and the idea of death is horrible. Yet, they’re courageous to do it and be able to get through it.

    You’ve always had a great sense of style—almost like the Sinatra of alt rock. How intertwined are style and performing on stage?

    I see style and rock n’ roll as hand-in-hand. If you look at The Beatles, The Stones, those guys knew how to dress. Bowie is my ultimate fashion icon. It was all part of the same thing. It’s just something that feels like a natural thing for me. It’s a natural part of rock n’ roll.