Weiland Says STP Recording New Material, Planning Tour

As singer Scott Weiland celebrates his newfound freedom, he and his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates are recording new material and gearing up for their first tour in three and a half years.

"We're going to be doing some soundtrack recordings for a few films that are coming out this summer," said Weiland, who was recently released from jail after being sentenced for violating probation on a 1998 heroin conviction. "It's really good to be back."

The band has been approached about contributing music to the soundtrack to "Mission Impossible 2," due in May, according to a source close to the project. STP manager Steve Stewart confirmed that but said no soundtrack plans have been finalized.

Weiland spoke with reporters Tuesday after arriving at MTV's 10th Anniversary Rock The Vote party at the House Of Blues.

The frontman said STP will play shows in early April and plans to headline several radio festivals this summer. The tour will "start off in the U.S. and

hopefully move overseas, because we haven't been there in a while," he said.

STP last toured in late 1996 behind its third album, "Tiny Music... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop," but the outing ended abruptly because of Weiland's drug problems. Another tour, planned for the following year, also fell apart.

Earlier Tuesday, Weiland shot an episode of the television show "Politically Incorrect" on which he, host Bill Maher, and Dr. Drew Pinsky of the radio and television show "Loveline" discussed whether drug addiction is a disease to which people are genetically predisposed. "I have a few opinions on that," quipped the singer, who has publicly battled addiction since 1995.

"I think that there are people who go through a period of time where they drink too much or use too much, and given a specific reason to stop, they're able to," he said. "However, people who have that genetic makeup ... there's something different that happens in the brain, where it creates a phenomenal

craving and all rationale gets [thrown out], no matter what the circumstances are and what the consequences are. I know that firsthand that that's the case.

"You have to live and learn," Weiland said. "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger."

Weiland went on to say that in the depths of his own addiction, knowing that he would end up in jail if he continued to use drugs was not enough of a deterrent. A judge sentenced Weiland last summer to a year in jail after he violated his probation for a third time. He spent 153 days at the drug-rehabilitation center of Los Angeles County Jail and another month at a live-in rehabilitation facility in Pasadena, Calif., before being released late last month (see "Weiland Tastes Freedom While STP Drops 'Heaven And Hot Rods'").

"I got an early kickout," said the singer, who remains on probation.

STP will shoot the video to "Sour Girl," the third single from its latest album "No.

4," later this month (see "Stone Temple Pilots Prepare New Single, Video").