WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. As singer Scott Weiland celebrates his newfound freedom, Stone Temple Pilots 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, 31, who until recently was serving jail time for violating probation on his 1998 heroin conviction. "It's really good to be back."
Stone Temple Pilots have been approached about contributing music to the soundtrack to "Mission Impossible 2," due in May, according to a source close to the project. Their manager Steve Stewart confirmed that but said no soundtrack plans have been finalized.
Looking healthy, Weiland spoke with reporters Tuesday, after arriving at MTV's 10th Anniversary Rock the Vote party at the House of Blues.
Weiland said STP will play shows in early April and plan 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 their third album, Tiny Music ... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop (1996), 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.
"I got an early kickout," said the singer, who remains on probation.
Weiland said he attended the Rock the Vote party in support of the nonprofit organization's cause to inspire young people to voice themselves politically.
"It's very important to try to create some awareness with young people as far as what's important for the country," he said. "Young people in general tend to not feel that issues really apply to them. ... [But] it really is important to pay attention to things that are our freedoms."
STP will shoot the video to "Sour Girl" (RealAudio excerpt) the third single from their latest album, No. 4 (1999) later this month.