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Scott Weiland (1967-2015)

Scott Weiland (1967-2015)

Like everyone else in the music world, Live Metal is deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Weiland. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman was found dead on his bus last night, Dec. 3, while on tour with his latest band, dubbed Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, in Boomington, Minnesota. (more…)

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

LIVE PHOTOS: Judas Priest, Godsmack, Ministry, Papa Roach, In Flames, In This Moment, Nonpoint, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, Tremonti, Of Mice & Men, Sabaton, Saint Asonia, Like a Storm, Screaming for Silence
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Review by Greg Maki
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

11:50 a.m., Ernie Ball Stage — SCREAMING FOR SILENCE
The winners of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, Screaming for Silence from Omaha, Nebraska, opens day two with dark skies overhead. The band also is due $15,000 in new gear as a result of its big win. (more…)

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Tommy Black, left, and Scott Weiland

Tommy Black, left, and Scott Weiland

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s become popular in online circles to bash Scott Weiland, the erstwhile Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver vocalist now fronting an act billed as Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. An off night leads to rampant speculation about what substances he might be on, and quotes from interviews are taken out of context, twisted and used against him at every turn. That’s not what we’re about here at Live Metal; our focus is the music, and when we review a show, all that matters is the performance in question. And on this night at Rams Head on Stage, one of the weirdest venues you could imagine for a rock concert, Weiland and his band were on their game. (more…)

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Chester Bennington of Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington of Stone Temple Pilots

LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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The new version of Stone Temple Pilots, with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington center stage, replacing the fired Scott Weiland, is a hard sell for some. Others will never accept it, end of story. It’s their loss, because if this show on a Friday night at the sold-out Fillmore Silver Spring is any indication, the band is stronger than it’s been in many years. (more…)

Korn

Korn

No place to hide: Ray Luzier finally recognized as Korn’s drummer

I have some news—good or bad, depending on how you look at it—for longtime fans of Korn anxiously waiting for the band’s original lineup to reunite. Brian “Head” Welch, who left the band to pursue Christianity and now has a solo career, remains a possibility to return one day, as the band has had ongoing communications with the estranged guitarist. But drummer David Silveria, for all intents and purposes, seems to have been replaced permanently. After Silveria’s departure in 2006, Korn hired many touring drummers, including Joey Jordison of Slipknot, but Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone, David Lee Roth) eventually auditioned and has held the job unofficially since late 2007. It’s taken roughly three years for the band to recognize Luzier as a full-time member, but on its new album, Korn III: Remember Who You Are, it’s finally happened. No more playing behind curtains or being left out of photo shoots and press. No place to hide—Luzier is now an official member of the band. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Stone Temple Pilots’ self-titled album, their sixth studio release and first since 2001’s Shangri-La Dee Da, surely is not the worst rock album of 2010, but it might be the most inessential. What happened to the ballsy, bombastic nature of Core (1992) or the adventurous spirit and huge hooks of their one true masterpiece, Tiny Music (1996)? Stone Temple Pilots plays like Shangri-La Dee Da Part 2, lacking anything resembling real fire and energy. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Let’s take a moment to appreciate Scott Weiland for the truly gifted performer he is. Stone Temple Pilots, of course, emerged along with the grunge scene in the early 1990s, but as early as their second album, Purple (1994), they began to separate themselves from the pack. In the middle of the decade, when Weiland began to assert his own distinctive vocal identity (mercifully moving away from the Eddie Vedder-like moan) and a Beatles-esque pop sensibility began to creep more and more into the STP sound, they produced one of the best rock albums of the ‘90s in Tiny Music (1996). It was also around this time that Weiland’s personal demons caught up to him; he spent parts of the next several years in and out of both rehab and jail, preventing STP from gaining any serious momentum during the latter half of its career.

Following STP’s demise, Weiland hooked up with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form Velvet Revolver, one of the few “supergroups” that actually delivered on the promise of its lineup’s pedigree. That partnership lasted for just two albums and now Weiland is going the solo route with Happy in Galoshes, a collection of tunes even more curious than first solo outing, 12 Bar Blues (1998). (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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“We are Velvet Revolver, and we still play muthafuckin’ rock ‘n’ roll!”

Those are the first words out of Scott Weiland’s mouth when he addresses the audience at Velvet Revolver’s live shows, and if you don’t believe him, check out his band’s second album, Libertad. (more…)

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