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Interview:
Scott Weiland is wild about his Wildabouts
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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After fronting Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland certainly has a name of his own. But these days he wants to be just another Wildbout.

That's the name of the group Weiland's been working with since the late 00s. But as the troupe prepares for the March 31 release of his latest album, "Blaster," Weiland -- who performs Saturday at the Machine Shop in Flint -- is pushing it as a band rather than a backing band.

"I've been playing on and off wtih these guys for about nine years, since I put out 'Happy In Galoshes' (in 2008)," says Weiland (nee Kline), 47. "So when we got together for a writing session I decided I wanted to make a band album again, which we did. It's Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, but I'm a Wildabout as well.

"We really dove into the album head-first in the spring of summer last year and finished basically in early fall, and we came up with signature sounds on the guitar and thinking about what kind of drum sounds we wanted. It felt a lot like we did when we started STP and Velvet Revolver back in the day."

Weiland has made a lot of noise recently with STP. In 2013 he and the band sued each other after STP fired Weiland and brought i Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. But the expected epic court battle over ownership of the STP name and music and how they were used wound up being settled quietly out of court -- to the relief of all parties.

"Oh yeah, it just, it settled and everything is behind us now," says Weiland, who courted his former band's ire by playing the first two STP albums on tour. "I really didn't think about STP. I'm glad now the whole lawsuit's behind us and just, I want to have a great time working 'Blaster' and I wish my former bandmates the best of luck and just want to move forward." Terms of the settlement, of course, cannot be revealed.

Weiland and the Wildabouts will be on tour through May 30 and will be adding more shows to the itinerary soon.

Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, the Last Internationale and Stockton

Saturday, Feb. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Machine Shop concert Lounge, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint.

Tickets are $26.

Call 810-715-2650 or visit www.themachineshop.com.




Web Site: www.themachineshop.com

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