Ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland to release new solo album ‘Blaster’

LP will be singer's first release since being fired by his old band

Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has revealed that he will release a new solo album this March.

Weiland recorded the LP, which is called ‘Blaster’, with his backing band The Wildabouts and it will be released on March 31. The album was produced by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club collaborator Rick Parker, and was recorded in Los Angeles.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the record, which is the follow-up to his 2008 LP ”Happy’ In Galoshes’, Weiland said: “‘Happy’ In Galoshes’ was an experimental art record, for the most part. ‘Blaster’ is definitely a band sound: a stripped-down, furry sound with a lot of space between the notes. But it’s tight and to-the-point while keeping that garage rock vibe to it.”

He added: “The sound we were getting felt original and infectious and brought me back to the feelings I had when I made my first couple records. Just excitement, feeling invigorated. Youthful.”

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.