News Segment


July 19, 2007

LOS ANGELES – The last time that Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was in the news it didn’t have much to do with his musical accomplishments.

Weiland and his model wife Mary got into a brawl at a Los Angeles-area hotel in March, and a room was trashed. Even worse, his wife set fire to $50,000 worth of Weiland’s beloved vintage suits.

But on the promotional trail for Velvet Revolver’s second album, “Libertad,” Weiland, 39, says it was merely a lovers’ spat. In reality, he told Reuters that the couple and their two kids live fairly normal lives by rock-star standards:

Q: On his marriage

A: “We’re incredible soulmates, but we’re both a little bit crazy. We’re best friends, we’re lovers, we’re husband and wife. But in a sense we’re both tortured souls.”

Q: On home life

A: “There’s definitely a Cleaver sense about our household. We get our kids to bed at 8 p.m., we tuck ’em in, we lay down with ’em at night. There’s three square meals and the whole shebang. But we also have the ability that we can take them on the road with us and allow them to see other cultures and experience things that other people don’t have the opportunity to experience.”

Q: On being in a band with fellow addicts

A: “I’ve managed to stay off drugs for three and a half years, but it’s never a sure thing for anybody. Certain guys have gone through their rollercoasters and everyone’s there to help everybody else. When someone starts slipping a little bit, we all are there to pull each other up by the bootstraps.”

Q: On getting his way in Velvet Revolver

A: “I have always been the person that comes up with the creative concepts for things: “I’ve got this idea for the video … I’ve got the album concept … We should do this and that.” You get a bunch of guys that are in a band together and you have to find ways of creatively manipulating your idea to happen.”

Q: On the legacy of his former band Stone Temple Pilots

A: “We wanted to make an effect on music. We wanted to make albums that were played 20 years from now, like our heroes. That was our goal. We wanted that sort of legacy. We wanted to end up leaving a legacy, and we did that. It’s so hard to do that in modern times, in rock ‘n’ roll.”

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