Rock singer Scott Weiland made headlines this week with a performance of the hit song, “Vasoline.”
Unfortunately, reports about the performance seem to focus more on how bad it was for the former Stone Temple Pilots lead vocalist.
Video footage of Weiland singing and performing on stage along with his new band, The Wildabouts, in Texas, was leaked online earlier this week — and it does not sound very good at all.
Not only does Weiland sound horrible in the footage, the overall performance just did not go very well at all. Weiland did not seem to be completely engaged at all while singing the 1994 hit single.
Featured on Purple, the Stone Temple Pilots’ second studio album, listening to a live recording of “Vasoline” from 1994 makes the undeniable difference crystal clear and further shows just how poorly Weiland performed the same song recently.
Here is footage of the Stone Temple Pilots performing “Vasoline” on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 23, 1994.
After the footage of Scott Weiland and his recent performance of “Vasoline” made it online, it did not take very long for fans and critics to post their reactions on Twitter.
Quite a few viewed it as a sign that Scott Weiland must still be struggling with drug problems.
Stone Temple Pilots were my first concert experience, so it bums me out to see Scott Weiland turn back into a drug-riddled mess.
— Jeramy Wainwright (@JeramyWainwrigh) April 30, 2015
— William Aymerich (@willaymerich) April 30, 2015
Others just decided to slam Scott Weiland in general.
The best part of the Scott Weiland video was there are people who go to Scott Weiland concerts in 2015. — Good Guy Brian (@BrainLoading) April 30, 2015
— Diffuser (@DiffuserFM) April 30, 2015
At the very beginning of the video, it seems like Scott Weiland is slurring his voice a little when he introduced the song. By the way, how he introduced the song could also be called into question.
“Alright. This is the new song. We just worked it out today.”
As mentioned earlier, “Vasoline” was released on the 1994 studio album of the Stone Temple Pilots — over 20 years ago. Perhaps Weiland was joking when he introduced it as a “new song,” that he and his new band worked out on the day of the performance.
However, his emotionless facial expression did not reveal a laugh, wink, grin, or even a smirk to indicate that.
According to TMZ, Weiland claims that drugs were not the cause of his poor performance.
“Scott Weiland is adamant he was NOT high on drugs (including heroin) during a botched performance of the STP classic, ‘Vasoline’ this week… but admits something was off that night.”
The report further states that Weiland’s rep opened up about the performance, explaining other factors that may have caused the performance to take a turn for the worse.
“It was a ‘perfect storm’ of Scott being tired and having a couple of drinks before the show. The rep says to make things worse, Scott’s earpiece went out during the show, making it hard for him to stay on point.”
Scott Weiland’s history with drug abuse dates back to the 1990s, when he was convicted of purchasing crack cocaine in 1995. Instead of turning over a new leaf, his drug abuse only worsened after that.
Weiland claimed in a 2005 interview with Esquire magazine that his drug abuse escalated to the point of staying in a hotel room with Courtney Love for two months following his 1995 drug arrest.
“We shot drugs the whole time. Most of the time she just walked around in panties. There was never anything that went on between us… Dope was the most important thing.”
However, in that same interview, Scott Weiland stated that he was finally off of drugs for good and didn’t even think about getting high anymore.
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