STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
Perhaps most familiar as the frontman for alternative rock outfit Stone Temple Pilots and later for the Velvet Revolver project with ex-members of Guns N’ Roses, Scott Weiland may be just as well known for the tumultuous relationships he had with both groups resulting in his exit.
It seems strange then that the singer would be willing to forgo his solo career and put himself back in a band situation, but that’s just what he’s done with The Wildabouts, who come to World Café Live March 12 in support of their upcoming debut album, Blaster, out at the end of this month.
“I just wanted to have a certain sound on the record, and when we decided to become a four-piece instead of a five-piece, we were all on the same page as far as what kind of music we wanted to write and the kind of album we wanted to make and I thought it would be best to do a collaboration,” Weiland said from his hotel room in Orlando last week before a show.
“[The Wildabouts] played with me on and off for about nine years and during my last solo album and then when we decided to make it a band and make a band album,” he added.
Blaster is a solid effort, one that will appeal to both fans of his previous bands and of rock music in general. It’s got a healthy mix of loud guitars, quiet moments, hints of glam and Weiland’s unmistakable vocals leading the charge.
“I think that there’s definitely a diversity in the styles that we play,” he said of Blaster. “But also, on every STP album there was diversity – that’s just the way that I make records. I don’t think that you can hold fast to one style of music on an album and have it be interesting; I think it would be boring. I think you have to challenge yourselves and challenge your listeners. That seems to be the best way of doing things as far as I’m concerned.”
Closing in on 25 years in a notoriously fickle industry, Weiland has seen the era of multi-platinum albums fall by the wayside with the rise of filesharing, but instead of trying to hold on to a no longer existent period, he’s decided to move forward the best to his and The Wildabout’s ability.
“It has changed so much and it’s just not the same industry as it was, but I think we’ll do the best we can and we’ll be successful,” he said. “You can’t compare that to the success of records I made in the 90s – that just doesn’t happen anymore. But success for ourselves and just continuing to do bigger and better things, that’s where I see us.”
IF YOU GO
What: Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts in concert. Stocklyn open.
When: 8:00 p.m. March 12 – Show is all ages
Where: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
Tickets: $25 – $35
Info: Call (215) 222-1400 or visit http://philly.worldcafelive.com/