Weiland Says Next STP Disc Will Be Back To Basics

Despite his felony conviction, Stone Temple Pilots frontman says band is planning ahead.

LOS ANGELES -- Even as Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland battles

his way back once again from heroin addiction, the singer and solo artist is looking to

follow through on plans to record another album with his bandmates.

Once estranged from the other members of Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland said the group

is currently in the early stages of putting together its first album in two years.

Regarding the new record, Weiland said, "It's back to basics for this one, I think." The

singer spoke prior to his sentencing at Los Angeles County Superior Court on

Wednesday on a charge of possession of heroin.

Shortly before the hearing, in which Weiland pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90

days in a treatment facility and three years' probation, the 30-year-old singer said that he

recently met with two of his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates, guitarist Dean DeLeo and

drummer Eric Kretz, to discuss plans for their fourth LP.

STP's last album, Tiny Music ... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop (1996) had a

more retro sound than did its two predecessors, 1994's Purple and 1992's

Core, which were more straight-ahead rock.

But Weiland will have to wait at least until the end of the year to get to work on the new

STP project.

In sentencing Weiland, Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler warned the singer that he

would not be released from the residential treatment facility for any reason -- "not even to

record albums."

Still, Weiland sounded optimistic about the plans to get the band back together for

recording. DeLeo and Kretz, who, frustrated by Weiland's ongoing drug problems,

walked away from STP more than a year ago to form Talk Show, are apparently ready to

give it another go. Talk Show, which also include bassist Robert DeLeo, the fourth

member of STP, and Ten Inch Men singer Dave Coutts, released one self-titled album

last year. Coutts split with Talk Show earlier this year.

"Eric and Dean visited me in rehab last week, so hold tight," Weiland said while sitting on

a bench outside the courtroom. Dressed in a mustard-brown suit, a blue shirt and a

multi-colored tie, the singer looked healthy and appeared in good spirits as he talked

about the album plans.

Formed in San Diego in the early 1990s, the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum Stone

Temple Pilots have been on hiatus since early 1997, when their tour to support Tiny

Music was botched by Weiland's relapse into drug use.

Stone Temple Pilots manager Steve Stewart had no comment on STP's plans. Angelica

Cob, STP's publicist at Atlantic Records, could not be reached by press time.

"I know that the new album will be the best one yet," fan Rachel G. Dahms wrote in an

e-mail. "Given the recent Scott Weiland run-ins with the law, I imagine the lyrics and

music will be harder than the 12 Bar Blues solo effort and the '90s rock sound of

Talk Show. They all belong together, and I feel will continue to grace us with many more

albums than the existing three."

Earlier this year, Weiland released his first-ever solo album, 12 Bar Blues, which

featured the single


(RealAudio excerpt). His tour in support of the album came to an abrupt end on

June 1 when the singer was arrested and charged with heroin possession on the night of

a sold-out show at Irving Plaza in New York.

While Weiland's Los Angeles drug case may be wrapped up, his New York case is still

pending and will be taken up in November.