Stone Temple Pilots and Ex-Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland, together with his latest band, The Wildabouts, will bring their Purple to the Core tour to the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre on Saturday, March 23. The tour officially kicked off on March 1st in Flint, MI, and is expected to hit some 20 cities across the U.S.
The very name of the tour, “Purple at the Core,” pays homage to the first two multi-platinum Stone Temple Pilots albums, “Core” and “Purple,” if that says anything about what fans can expect. While Weiland has been known to perform ‘deep cuts’ from past STP albums, fans have consistently expressed a desire to hear more of the popular stuff. Purple to the Core delivers just that.
Together with The Wildabouts, he will perform such mega-hits as ‘Plush,’ ‘Creep,’ ‘Interstate Love Song’ and ‘Big Empty.’ Expect to also hear selected songs from his Velvet Revolver days, in addition to some of his solo material.
If you’ve ever seen Scott Weiland perform live on stage then you know he can be something of a character, with his penchant for flamboyant attire and his trademark megaphone. He is known for his chaotic stage presence and frequently unpredictable vocal style. And though he is regarded by most as a talented and versatile singer, he has struggled for years with substance abuse, and been arrested several times.
He proved he could achieve commercial success outside of Stone Temple Pilots with the so-called “super group,” Velvet Revolver. From 2003 to 2008, the band released several albums. He also achieved moderate success as a solo artist, releasing three studio albums.
But whether we should expect to see a fully intact STP ever perform again remains to be seen. Questions arose when the disgruntled band recently announced on its official website that it had “terminated Scott Weiland.” But when a reporter recently caught up with Weiland in an airport, he said, “STP is not broken up. It’s a whole thing to try to boost ticket sales.” According Weiland, “there’s a clause in the band’s contract that forbids the members from using the name STP on another group.”
If true—and it’s easy to imagine that it is—then it’s conceivable we’ll once again see him do what he does best, and that is sing STP songs as the lead man for STP. For now, at least, he is “Pilot-less” at the Egyptian Room.
- Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
- 502 North New Jersey St, Indianapolis
- Tel. 317-231-0000