Weiland Sense No Scott Make
Let’s rewind for a moment: last month saw the unveiling of Art of Anarchy, a new supergroup featuring Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), John Moyer (Disturbed), and, so it seemed, Scott Weiland (ex-Stone Temple Pilots). ‘Cept a day later, Weiland said that while he sings on the band’s album and appears in their press photo and music video, he’s not actually a member of the band.
Now, here’s where things get bullshitty! In a new interview with About.com, Weiland reiterates that he’s not a full-fledged member of Art of Anarchy… and insults the band:
Were you surprised when the band Art of Anarchy, a project you only did vocals for, put out a press release saying it was a new supergroup that you were a member of?
No. Actually I wish I could say I was surprised, but I wasn’t surprised. It was a scam from the beginning.
Did you ever actually, other than the photo shoot, work with those guys or did you just lay down vocals in your studio and send it off?
No. I had them send me the files and I worked in my studio with my engineer and I wrote the lyrics and the melodies and I sent them back. I didn’t even know what their names were.
You just got the music and agreed to do it and you didn’t even know who they were?
No. I had no idea who they were.
There was just an album that needed vocals and you had some free time and said “why not?”
No. I was paid to do it. But they were an unsigned band and they’re still an unsigned band. Hey. They’re gonna put it out on the internet and as fate will have it they don’t even have a lead singer. I’m not worried about it taking away any thunder from The Wildabouts.
That Weiland expects anyone to buy this story is so weird as to be funny. I mean, it’s not as though just anyone can reach out to Scott Weiland and get them to sing on their album; even if he was paid as a session player, that would be a COSTLY session far beyond the financial reach of some “unsigned band,” as Weiland puts it.
And I dunno if when Weiland says “I didn’t even know what their names were” he’s referring to the names of the songs or the names of the other members of the band, but the fact that he then says “I had no idea who they were” suggests he means he didn’t know which musicians were in Art of Anarchy.
So Weiland either wants us to believe that he took a check without doing even the most minute amount of research as to who was paying him, or that he’s never heard of Guns N’ Roses and Disturbed, which we know is a crock of shit because he was basically in a version of Guns N’ Roses (to say nothing of the fact that, like Disturbed, GN’R have sold scores and scores of records). So this is a totally bizarre claim, because it suggests that Weiland is either a total whore (i.e., he’ll do any job if people can afford his price) or a total moron. Which could be true, I suppose, but you wouldn’t expect Weiland to wear that information as a badge of honor.
What’s truly amazing about all of this, then, isn’t that Weiland is schmuck (that’s old news), but that he’s pedaling the silliest lie, like, ever. If his goal was to make Art of Anarchy look bad, he could just have said “They knew I was only a session player and I don’t know why they sent out a press release which it made sound like I was a full-fledged member.” But instead he accused them of running a “scam” and claimed he had no idea who they were. WTF???
[via The PRP]