What to do with Weiland
**** the FINAL update. Scott Weiland found dead last night, suspected overdose 12.4.15
*** update below 5.25.2013
This feels like a repeat. Stone Temple Pilots announced on Monday that they had fired Weiland. This was news to Weiland, who took to the press to announce he was not fired. Then, he kinda acknolwedged that he wasn't exactly in touch with the band. Then, a day later Weiland announced this was a publicity ploy by the band to sell tickets. Again, he then had to acknolwedge he hadn't exactly talked to anyone in the band.
As of this writing, this is all we know. Odds are, early next week, he will pull the 'you can't fire me, I quit!' Scott Weiland made a very salient point, though, when the associated press told him he was fired. He explained "how can they fire me? it's my band. I started it, I named it, I wrote those songs." Fair point. That only illuminates how incredibly difficult he is to deal with.
Look at the past. He was in STP until they got tired of his drugging and drinking and getting arrested. Odds are that he was also uninsurable to tour. So, they fired him.
Then, he joined Slash' Velvet Revolver until they got tired of his drugging and drinking and getting arrested. Odds are that he was also uninsurable to tour. So, they fired him. Here is the thing, man. When Slash says "you have a problem with drinking and drugs" you listen to that shit. He knows. When Slash says 'dude, that isn't safe' it means you are possibly alread dead. This reminds me of when the Allmans' fired Dickey for being a drunk.
So, he went back to STP until they got tired of his drugging and drinking and getting arrested. Odds are that he was also uninsurable to tour. So, they fired him.
So, is he the worst? How does anyone hire him? How is he not just sleeping behind a dumpster in Hollywood? I will tell you why. He is a great rock star, on every level. Being a dick is nearly a prereq for being a rock star. Weiland has that in spades. He is also a great front man and a good singer. Years and years ago, literally about 6 arrests ago, I saw STP live. I was not really a fan. I just knew a couple of songs. My buddy had a free ticket for me, so why the hell not. I left a major bonafied STP fan after that show. They killed that night.
Also, their music is great. Not good, but great. Purple and Tiny Music are just terrific records. During this period, it's important to note STP was outselling Nirvana. I can only imagine they are just waiting for him to kill himself, knowing it is inevitable. Think of what that must be like. Think of the Doors, or Blind Melon... who just knew it was a matter of time for their singer. When Jerry Garcia finally passed, the only mystery was how he lasted that long. Mickey Hart's heartbreaking response to hearing about Jerry's passing was "now I don't have to wait for that call anymore." He was saying that every night for the last 30 years he was expecting that news. It's the only way I can imagine STP firing their meal ticket. I mean, there are ways around hating your lead singer. Van Halen toured in completely separate jets. Same with Motley Crue. They each have their own tour bus, and the only time they interact with each other is that 90 minutes on stage.
Of course, it is also worth noting both those bands have fired their lead singers... and then took them back... just like STP. It's a shame. He can't be replaced in the band***. This just means the end of STP, and that is a bummer. They are a great band, and that isn't just a nostalgia trip. Well, maybe it is. I have a scary feeling he is about to turn up dead. He has a long history with heroin, and has never been good at hiding it. His arrest record is extraordinary. Click here, and then here and then here. You get the idea. Good luck, Scotty. Stay with us, man. clean up, and go apologize to the DeLeos. In the meantime, he is going on my dead pool list.
*** update 5.25.2013
Ok, we know what happened now, and we know it's official. The band is touring without him. So, what happened? Well, here is a teaser. It is 100% Weiland's fault. The band wanted to tour. The band needed to tour. Odds are, they needed money to pay mortgages. There is no money in rock. There are jets, drugs, tons of pussy (sorry ladies, just using the vernacular), thousands of screaming fans... but no money.
The band wanted to tour and Weiland said no. Why? Well, he actually made a really salient point. He didn't want to water down the brand and overexpose the band.
I think we kind of overplayed ourselves by playing the same set over and over," says Weiland. "I think the band needs to take some time off and be creative again.
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in the interest of full disclosure, I saw them live years ago. I got a free ticket from my roommate who worked in the radio business. I was only a casual fan at best, but hey free is free. I was bowled over by how amazing their concert was. Absolutely one of my favorite rock shows of all time. So, that is why you have 2,000 words on Weiland here. This is my coping mechanism.
*** oh, and then there is this.