Scott Weiland bringing 'Purple at the Core' tour to the House of Blues in Orlando
At this point, Stone Temple Pilots are looking like a band that'll never reunite.
The glam-grunge group and singer Scott Weiland had a long and tortured history well before 2013, with two decades of breakups, rehab stints, side projects and other public controversies (to say nothing of the critical drubbing they often took in the press). But this year, things have completely fallen apart at the seams.
In February, Weiland was fired from STP after his bandmates decided his chronically erratic behavior was dragging them down. They tried to move on, recruting Linkin Park's Chester Bennington for a one-off live performance and new single, Out of Time. And just last week, the group sued Weiland over, among other things, the rights to using the band's name and catalog.
Weiland, as you'd expect, isn't having any of it. "I don't give a f--- what they call themselves," he wrote on his website, "but it's not Stone Temple Pilots."
So you can see how things might be tense.
But is that stopping Weiland from getting back on the road? No way. The singer and his new band, the Wildabouts, have announced a string of dates he's calling the Purple at the Core Tour -- a nod to STP's first two albums -- and it'll stop at Orlando's House of Blues on Aug. 23. Tickets are $28-$31. Click here.
Details on the tour are slim, but it promises "the music of Core and Purple," and that would include most of STP's biggest hits: Plush, Creep, Interstate Love Song, Vasoline, Sex Type Thing, Big Empty, Wicked Garden and more.
We probably don't need to remind you that anytime Scott Weiland is involved, your tickets should come with a big ol' CAVEAT EMPTOR. He's a notoriously flaky presence, frequently skipping out on shows (like one in Tampa in 2008). And with this new lawsuit, there's a chance a judge will prevent him from performing any STP songs at all. We don't know about you, but we aren't exactly lining up to hear 12 Bar Blues in its entirety.
That said, Stone Temple Pilots' (presumably) final performance in Tampa, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in 2010, was a fun one. Click here for our review.