Smack Down

The early 1990s were ripe for the taking, musically. People were sick and tired of the Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene. Alternative rock - particularly grunge – helped usher in the slow death of hair bands, giving record labels a new genre to fawn over. Although not a Seattle-based band, Stone Temple Pilots reached massive success with their 1992 debut Core. Scott Weiland just so happened to infuse that record with his scratchy, snarky rock vocals, establishing his band as early forerunners of music’s newest obsession: alternative rock. In 1996, while on tour in support of one the decade’s finest albums, Tiny Music…Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, Weiland’s nasty heroin addiction effectively killed Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland, never one to settle down, spent a six-year stint with super group Velvet Revolver, eventually heading back to the studio, hooking up with Steve Albini to record his second solo album, 2008’s “Happy” in Galoshes. He’s kicked his heroin habit, put a bigger focus on his own music and is now touring with that solo material, showing fans his charismatic passion that made him a rock icon nearly two decades ago.
Wed., May 13, 6:30 p.m., 2009
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Michael Lopez