Scott Weiland Discusses ’90s Grunge Scene


Story by Cat Badra

Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots on ‘90s grunge: ‘There really hasn’t been a musical movement since that time in rock ‘n’ roll’

Scott Weiland is spending much of this fall finishing up a new album with his band, the Wildabouts, but in-between recording session, he’s playing a handful of shows. Head to a show featuring Weiland and the Wildabouts, and you’ll get treated to an evening of music from his solo career and his former bands, Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.

Stone Temple Pilots came up in the ‘90s grunge and post-grunge climate. Weiland says there was a cool scene back then, and he doesn’t there’s anything like that right now.

“There really hasn’t been a musical movement since that time in rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m not sure why that is, really,” Weiland told Audio Ink Radio. “I think there has to be synergy to have that happen and the political social environment has to be right and that generation has to be interested in a certain type of music that speaks out a lot of those ideas. There has to be an organic connection between the fans and the music that’s coming out.

Weiland added that back then, everything came together, musically, for Generation X.

“Everyone seemed to be influenced by both by punk rock and some of the big riff rock like Zeppelin and Sabbath from the ‘70s and mixed with Black Flag and Sex Pistols from punk rock, and so much more,” he said. “The Clash and everything. Then, you kind of combined it together, and then we kind of had grunge out of that. Of course, that changed, and I think that sound and movement was there for a while.”

He added, “With STP, we never stuck to it. We saw that even great movements only last a certain period of time and you don’t want to be pigeonholed, so we got into other things, like Beatles were a big influence, glam was a big influence, and it morphed along the way. I’m proud of the legacy we created and where we stand among those other peers at the time.”

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