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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…)

Myles Kennedy, left, and Slash

Myles Kennedy, left, and Slash

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Review by Greg Maki
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Thanks to Gene Simmons, “rock is dead” has dominated much of the conversation since last fall. I guess Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators didn’t get that memo. This midweek show at a sold-out Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, further cemented them as one of the top touring rock bands in the world today. (more…)

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Slash live in Baltimore

Slash live in Baltimore

I’m about to make my annual trek up to Columbus, Ohio, for Rock on the Range, but first, a quick word about a great show put on last night at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. (more…)

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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Review by Greg Maki

Who would have thought that within the first few months of 2012, rock fans in Maryland would have the chance to see Axl Rose perform with his current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses at the 2,000-capacity Fillmore Silver Spring and then, 10 weeks later, see Slash with his solo band at the 1,600-capacity Rams Head Live in Baltimore? What a treat this has been. Even if it seems like a stretch to call Axl’s band “Guns N’ Roses,” they were entertaining, while Slash and friends put on one of the best pure rock ’n’ roll shows to come through the area in the past couple years. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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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…)

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As much as I hate to say it, the first solo album by legendary guitarist Slash is a something of a disappointment. (more…)

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Duff McKagan has sold millions of albums and toured the world many times over, first as the bassist of Guns N’ Roses, then with Velvet Revolver. But he has never been one to rest on his success, getting fat and rich as he watches the royalty checks roll in. Even before the classic GNR lineup dissolved in the mid-1990s, he released his first solo album (Believe in Me, 1993). He went on to record a second solo disc that was never released (Beautiful Disease); form Neurotic Outsiders with former GNR drummer Matt Sorum, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and Duran Duran bassist John Taylor; reform 10 Minute Warning, the band he played in before GNR; write and record with a host of other musicians; go back to school to earn a finance degree; and in 1998, form the band Loaded. (more…)

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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…)