The coming months will be busy ones for Scott Weiland, who has several projects confirmed or in the planning stages. First up: "Breathe," a new solo song on Avengers Assemble, the soundtrack to The Avengers out today on Marvel Music/Hollywood Records (the film hits theaters on Friday).
"Dana [Dufine], my manager, she sent them the song and they liked it," Weiland tells Rolling Stone. "I thought that it fit the idea – I haven't seen the film yet, but just thematically, it fit. And I'm happy to be a part of it." Weiland confirms that there will be another new solo album at some point: "I always write stuff and record stuff, because I've got my own studio," he says. But the highly melodic "Breathe" is not necessarily a stylistic preview of his next disc. "It's probably the most commercial sort of song, the poppiest song, that I've put out on any of my previous solo records," says Weiland.
On September 1st, Weiland and his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates will launch a tour in Hershey, Pennsylvania to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut LP, Core. "I'm looking forward to it," he says. "We're going to play the album in its entirety. I think it'll be really fun, because the one thing that I got tired of was sort of playing the same basic set list every night. It was like, 'the hits.' This way, it's something different, and I think it will be cool."
Weiland is also looking forward to revisiting material on the tour that hasn't been performed in years. "What comes to mind is the first song that we ever wrote with all of us in the band, when we had our first rehearsal with Dean [DeLeo]. He had this guitar riff that turned into 'Where the River Goes.' We haven't played that song in a long time, so I'm looking forward to that."
The singer adds that the chances are good for a new STP studio album at some point. "Yeah, I'm sure that will happen," says Weiland. "Although it's odd because we used to tour to promote our records, and now we put out records to promote tours. Which is the way of the world, though."
Rumors of a Velvet Revolver reunion have also been swirling ever since a one-off live performance with his former bandmates in January, and Weiland says he'd be open to it down the road. "Yeah, I definitely would, some time," says Weiland. "If Maynard [James Keenan] can do it with A Perfect Circle and Tool, then there's no reason why I shouldn't go and do it with both bands."