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Stone Temple Pilots to Reunite this Summer and a New Velvet Revolver Album?
It seems that reunion tours always seem to draw attention, with good reason. This one is actually a bit of a surprise to me, but also quite exciting news if it goes off without a hitch... and there are the possibility for a few major hitches. A few people now have mentioned to the media that the Stone Temple Pilots will be reuniting for a series of shows this summer... exciting news, but I'm also a little hesitant to really get into it.
I think the Stone Temple Pilots are easily either THE, or ONE OF THE, most underrated bands of the 90s. They were lumped in with the grunge movement, but I don't think that really did them justice as there is a lot of classic rock, punk and other flavors within their sound. Although the band had some amazing hits while they were together, they were also plagued with drug problems, most notoriously that of lead singer Scott Weiland, which eventually led to their breakup. Weiland became part of Velvet Revolver with the remaining members of Guns N' Roses.
In terms of the music, I think this would be an amazing reunion to see and I'm excited about the band getting back together again to at least tour. If a new album results... that'd be incredible. At the same time though, Scott Weiland has had so many issues with drugs in the past, that I'm a little worried this might cause a relapse for him. Now, I don't know all that much about Weiland's drug habits, and I know that he's still been in trouble since joining VR, but at least for the most part, he's been keeping it together with the new band. I guess what it comes down to is that if Weiland will be sober, then I'm all for it, but if this is going to compromise his sobriety, then it's not worth it. Also, although I want STP to reform, I don't want VR to break up either... and the same goes for the original lineup of Guns N' Roses. There's a lot of trade offs that put me on the fence about this one... excited, but on the fence.
The members of Velvet Revolver have also been talking about getting right into the studio and recording another album, which is definitely a good thing as I thought their last showed some interesting progress from their first. The question comes to mind though that if Weiland will be going to STP, will there be a new singer for VR?
To be honest, I hope not. I'm not saying that the music couldn't be amazing with a new singer, but there was a really good match with Weiland for Velvet Revolver. There's something about Slash's guitar work and the band's raunchy, hard hitting rock and roll that really worked well with Weiland's unique range, from shriek to baritone.
Oh well, I guess time will tell, but if you're a fan of Velvet Revolver or Stone Temple Pilots... or both like me... than both good and bad news might be on the way.