SOUND CHECK: Scott Weiland busy with new band after STP firing

The Oakland Press - August 15, 2013

By GARY GRAFF

Of The Oakland Press
Gary Graff on Music@graffonmusic

Scott Weiland certainly wasn’t happy about being fired by Stone Temple Pilots in February; the two parties are suing each other over rights to the band name.

But rather than sit at home and wring his hands over the situation, Weiland has hit the road with his own band, the Wildabouts, playing a combination of STP and his previous solo material as well as starting a new solo album he hopes to release by mid-2014.

“In the past, (working solo) was something I always loved doing, but it was always put off because there was either an STP record that came out or a tour or a Velvet Revolver record that came up or a tour,” explains Weiland, 45. “So my solo stuff always ended up taking a back seat.

“Now I’m really able to focus on that and really work on branding it, and it’s finally starting to play dividends, not just financially but really have its own identity.”

Weiland says he and the Wildabouts are 12 songs into an album, and he hopes to write eight more before calling it a wrap. Meanwhile, Weiland insists he’s not angry with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington for taking his place in STP — “I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way,” he says — but he sounds confident he’ll prevail in his suit against his former band.

“My feelings were definitely hurt because it wasn’t something that was handled right at all,” he explains. “I don’t think that it was smart for them to do that. I’ve played with them for a long time. But then on another side of it, I can’t say that I’m that surprised. There’s things that have happened in the past that are somewhat similar, so I guess nothing is totally shocking.

“But I am surprised at what they did and without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the (band) name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of.”

Scott Weiland performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Sound Board in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25-$32. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.soundboarddetroit.com.