In one of Scott Weiland‘s final interviews, recorded backstage at a Toronto concert just two days before he passed away at the age of 48, the former Stone Temple Pilots singer talked about his family, the death of Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown and his own musical legacy.
“First off, I [view] the bands I’ve been in as rock and roll,” Weiland told Toronto’s Live in Limbo. “I’ve always looked at us also as bands that changed from album to album, and morph into different sounds. I think to stay in one sound is a career killer.”
The interview also showcased Weiland’s wit and often magnetic personality: When asked what one album from his own catalog he would listen to in the event of a zombie apocalypse, he quipped, “Well if I was in a zombie apocalypse I wouldn’t be playing music, because that would attract zombies.” However, upon mending the question to a desert island pick, Weiland admitted he’d take Stone Temple Pilots’ Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop. “I think that’s STP’s most creative album,” Weiland said.
Weiland also revealed that his dream collaborator was David Bowie; Stone Temple Pilots frequently covered that singer’s “Andy Warhol” throughout the Nineties, and the shape-shifting Bowie was long been an inspiration for the musically malleable Weiland. “He’s my biggest influence musically, vocally and fashion-wise,” Weiland said. The singer’s comments reiterate what David Fricke wrote regarding Weiland’s Bowie aspirations.
The interview ends when Weiland makes the revelation that – following rumors of a reunited Guns N’ Roses original lineup (rumors Weiland helped fuel) – he would be “open” to Velvet Revolver getting back together.
In another December 1st backstage interview, recorded prior to Weiland and the Walkabouts’ concert at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall, the singer spoke to 102.1 The Edge about the first concert he saw, the most recent concert he saw (“My own,” Weiland joked) and tattoos.