Saturday Night With Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
I spent last night up at the infamous Viper Room in WeHo for a special performance from Scott Weiland, as part of the 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival #ssmf. For those that don’t know the Viper Room gained notoriety for two things: being the after hours rock-n-roll playground of its swashbuckling actor/club owner Johny Depp, and the place where actor River Phoenix overdosed in the wee hours of Halloween many moons ago. But, more importantly it has been the coolest venue to see major acts play on a ridiculously small stage in an even smaller room. The place maybe holds 200 people at capacity. So needless to say it is an intimate evening no matter who you come to see. But, this evening was more intimate for me than most. I had the opportunity to meet Scott Weiland before the show in the VIP bar, and he turned out to be a really nice guy. Friendly and grateful. He even thanked me for coming out to the show which I thought was pretty down to earth for a rock star. We shook hands, snapped a few pictures and he was nice enough to sign last month’s issue of Rolling Stone with the previously mentioned actor/club owner on the cover dressed as this summer’s faux native american megastar. Funny thing was he didn’t even bother to ignore the elephant in the room—or at the festival outside—that now has replaced him in the band he made famous. Chester of Linkin Park was playing at the same time with LP about 100 yards down the street. When he signed the cover of the magazine, he paused for a moment then chuckled and put pen to paper writing “STP? Scott Weiland”.
Scott & The Wildabouts played a great set of music with lots of STP tracks mostly from Purple and Core, but they had fun with it too and played 3 covers: Road House Blues by The Doors, Mountain Song by Jane’s Addiction and the song in the video, Jean Genie by David Bowie. Great night of music and honored to have been there for it.