A lot of people hated Stone Temple Pilots in the 90s because they thought the band was a rip-off of Pearl Jam. But I hated Pearl Jam because lead singer Eddie Vedder seemed like a giant pain in the neck. The guy gave entire concerts with his back to the audience. What was that? Seemed like a massive ego trip. Plus he was a big loudmouth with too many opinions.
On the other hand, I liked Stone Temple Pilots. I thought they got a bad rap. They weren’t out there changing the world, but they had good songs with actual melodies. I never really heard the Pearl Jam thing in them, anyway, at least not any more than any other band of the time.
As it turned out, Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland was a massive drug addict, and it wound up destroying the band. They were apart and together a bunch of times, but now they’re apart and Weiland fronts another band called Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.
One of my favorite Stone Temple Pilots songs is Vasoline from their second album, Purple. I could listen to it once a week, and I probably have on average, since it was released in 1995. I have no idea what it means, and I’m sure I don’t want to know because it would ruin it, but it kicks a lot of ass musically and that’s pretty much all that matters to me.
Scott Weiland attempted to play Vasoline with The Wildabouts in Corpus Christi, Texas the other night. It didn’t go so well.
Don’t worry, though. Everything is fine according to Weiland’s team.
Weiland’s rep told TMZ that the poor performance stemmed from a combination of faulty earbuds and Weiland having a couple of drinks before the show. “Good news we’ve overnighted him a brand new pair of earbuds and they will be there for his show in Baton Rouge tonight,” the rep told TMZ.