(Possibly former) Stone Temple Pilots frontman discussed STP, his in the works third solo album, and his upcoming Purple To The Core tour in a new interview with MLive.com. Weiland blamed his STP bandmates for the 2012 Core 20th Anniversary tour not happening and turning into a standard Greatest Hits tour, “Well, 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 added, “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’s quote is odd though regarding his upcoming tour since Doug Grean has said they won’t be playing Core and Purple in their entirety, but rather select songs from the albums like STP were doing constantly from 2008-2012 (barring the few months in 2010 when they have several new songs in their setlist, probably the most exciting period of STP’s reunion era).
Weiland also discussed his third solo album being more of a mainstream rock album than his previous solo efforts, “Previously, it was an art project. We’re making a new album at this point. This is something where 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 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.”
Weiland did not discuss reports of him being fired from Stone Temple Pilots or Slash saying he will never reunite with Weiland in Velvet Revolver.