In a brand new interview with the Oakland Press, former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland spoke about rumors and reports about his return to the drug use that dogged him early in his career — particularly after one bizarre performances in Texas earlier this year, which he blamed on faulty in-ear monitors. Weiland claims that he has been clean for the past 13 years and that is tired of having the subject come up time and again.
"Y'know, it's all well documented," he said. "I wrote about it in my book [2011's 'Not Dead And Not For Sale') that I take meds for being bipolar that sometimes give me an adverse reaction, but we're working on that to make it better."
He continued: "I just don't really think too much about [the rumors]. I let them kind of slide off me. I'm just working on promoting and touring this album and writing new music and focusing on that. It's much healthier."
Weiland was harshly criticized following several performances on his current tour, with one review calling his performance "sluggish" and another stating flat-out that the vocalist "appears to have crashed and burned. Badly."
A fan-filmed April 28 video of "Vasoline" in Corpus Christi went viral, showing Weiland launching into a painfully out of tune and apathetic vocal performance that was called "unacceptable" and "heartbreaking" by fans on YouTube.
A rep for Weiland issued a statement explaining that Weiland was tired and had had a couple of drinks before the show, in addition to his earpiece audio issues.
Weiland and his band THE WILDABOUTS are on the road promoting his new album, "Blaster", which came out on March 31.