Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has been forced to apologise for his actions at a recent meet-and-greet event with fans.
Weiland will release his fourth solo LP ‘Blaster’ next week (March 31). The singer met fans following a gig at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall earlier this month (March 14), where his behaviour was allegedly erratic.
One fan took to a fan forum to write: “When I get up there Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said, ‘Let’s get this shit done with’. As I fakely smiled for my photo, I couldn’t believe what just came out of my hero’s mouth. I felt so betrayed after spending so much money to support him over the years. Scott should not be saying that when people paid $150 for a brief picture with him after the show. He obviously wants no part of the meet and greet and thats fine if he doesn’t market one. Always treat your fans with respect, I have always defended Scott and now it made me second guess myself.”
Another attendee wrote: “The first few people seemed to get a reaction out of him, but when I went up there to shake his hand he didn’t even acknowledge me. My hand stood out waiting to be shaked [sic] for a good five seconds before I just said fuck it and turned to get the picture taken. He put his arm around me and proceeded to flip off the camera. I thought he was fine during the show; coherent, talkative, etc. But he really looked like he didn’t give a shit about meeting people. I don’t want a 10 minute conversation with you, but at least shake my hand and look me in the eyes.”
A third fan stated that all Weiland said to him was “Let’s suck a dick!”, which led to the singer making an apology on Tuesday (March 24). A Facebook post from Weiland reads:
“I would like to make a sincere apology to the fans that were at the meet and greet in Boston. I’m embarrassed by my behaviour and some of the things that I said. Fans don’t deserve that. Without our fans and supporters, we would not be able to do what we’re doing. I put my all into the show that night and honestly was just beyond exhausted… either way, I acted like a total asshole and for that I’m truly sorry.”
In August last year, Weiland was involved in a bizarre mistaken identity case after false reports circulated claiming that the singer had been arrested for possession of crystal meth and stealing razors from a Beverly Hills drugstore.
Beverly Hills police issued a press release headlined “Celebrity arrest” after the culprit was arrested on July 26, which was reported by TMZ. However, it subsequently emerged that the man arrested – despite claiming he was Weiland – was actually called Jason Hurley, who is two years younger than Weiland and has red hair rather than the singer’s black hair.
Weiland left his old band, Stone Temple Pilots, in February 2013. He was subsequently replaced by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who sang on their most recent EP, ‘High Rise’, released in October 2013.