It's been a rough 2015 for former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland.
The day before he released a record with his new band, the Wildabouts, guitarist Jeremy Brown died suddenly. Then a fan-filmed video of the band's performance of the STP classic "Vasoline" in Corpus Christi, Texas, caused buzz online because Weiland looked like a shell of his former self as he struggled to hit the song's notes, causing speculation that he was intoxicated. During a meet-and-greet in Boston, where fans paid money to meet Weiland he greeted each fan by saying "Let's go suck a dick," fueling further speculation. It all has happened in the short amount of time since we caught up with Weiland in February. That interaction with Weiland was much more pleasant than when we recently followed up with the singer, who is performing tonight at Livewire in Scottsdale. This time he seemed more crotchety. He clearly didn't like our questions and didn't have much to say.
Last time we spoke, it was before Blaster was released. Have you been happy with the reception the record has been receiving?
Yeah, very happy.
After the death of Jeremy Brown you’ve had the much-talked about Corpus Christi show, where you struggled, and the “Let’s go suck a dick” episode in Boston during a meet-and-greet. Do you think part of the reason you’ve been acting outlandish is because you are grieving?
Yeah, definitely. It's been very difficult .
When you said “Let’s go suck a dick” to the people who paid money to meet you, did you say it because you felt you were selling yourself out and that’s something you never had to do before?
Um, yeah, a little bit.
Are meet-and-greets something you're going to continue to do?
Yeah, we've been doing them.
Last time we spoke, I told you that I had seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of Scott Weiland, and you responded by saying now you’re going to see the best version. Do you feel like we are seeing the best version of you now?
Yeah, I feel like that.
What are some of the reasons you feel you are on top of your game?
Just by the ways the shows are going.
Rock ’n’ roll is supposed to be unpredictable and a little dangerous. Do you feel you've ever taken that too far?
So nothing recently, and you feel you're in a good head space at this point?
Richard Patrick from Filter voiced his opinion on your past and current situation. Were you offended by his comments? What would you say to him if you ran into him?
I wouldn't say anything if I ran into him. He did that for whatever reason, I have no idea. He doesn't know me. He doesn't know my situation. For him to go on there and for him to comment about me was a kind of a douchebag maneuver.
I see your bass player Tommy Black posts a lot of photos from tour of you guys eating seafood. Do you look for cool places to find seafood on tour?
Are you asking me if we eat a fair amount of seafood? I'm not sure how that has anything to do with my musical career. So you want to know if I eat a lot of seafood. Yes, I always eat a lot of seafood.
Which of the STP records you did in the ’90s still stand the test of time in your eyes?
Purple and Tiny Music.
Core was important to the fans, but it wasn't really my genre of music when we made that record. It became more of my idea when we made Purple.
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