Last year, Scott Weiland said that he and his fellow Stone Temple Pilots would celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1992 debut, Core, by playing the album in its entirety during a fall tour. That never happened. Now, as MLive points out (via Blabbermouth), the STP frontman will make it up to fans by embarking on a solo tour and performing cuts from the first two STP albums, the aforementioned Core and 1994’s Purple.
“Originally, it was an idea I came up with for STP for the anniversary of Core to do the Core album in its entirety,” Weiland said. “The rest of the guys didn’t want to do it. So, it was still something that there was a lot of public interest in. Having that said, the idea was brought up to me through management. I talked to the guys in my solo band, the Wildabouts, and they were totally into it, as were the promoters. It worked out.”
Weiland and the Wildabouts will kick off the 20-city trek, dubbed the Purple at the Core Tour, on March 1 in Flint, Michigan. Throughout the rest of the month, the onetime Christmas crooner will stop by several U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Boston, Houston, and Dallas.
“It’s going to be really exciting,” Weiland said. “Something completely new.” Actually, no, it probably won’t be something completely new, which is the whole point of a nostalgia-baiting tour such as this.
In addition to “Dead & Bloated,” “Plush,” “Big Empty,” and other 120 Minutes-era hits, fans will also get to see Weiland run through some songs off his first two solo albums, 1998’s 12 Bar Blues and 2008’s “Happy” in Galoshes. The former Velvet Revolver leader said, “We’re still going to do some of our space jams and have them correlate into some of our STP songs and a couple STP songs into a couple of the covers that we’ve done during our solo band stuff.”
He went on, saying that he and the Wildabouts are halfway done with their upcoming self-produced full-length. “The new album is more of a rock’n’roll album, as opposed to more of the sort of outside-the-box artistic sonic adventures that we’ve gone on in the past,” the 45-year-old rocker said. “The record that we’re making, hopefully will attract more of the STP and Velvet Revolver fans. I think it will also help that we’re doing this tour this way.”
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Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts’ “Purple at the Core” 2013 tour:
March 1 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
March 2 – Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
March 4 – Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapids Theatre
March 6 – Patchogue, NY @ Emporium
March 7 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
March 9 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
March 11 – Washington, D.C. @ Howard Theatre
March 12 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
March 14 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
March 15 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
March 19 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Chicago
March 20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland
March 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
March 23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
March 26 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
March 27 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas