Scott Weiland has a complicated relationship with Western New York audiences. While he’s presided over some incredible shows with Stone Temple Pilots – recall that double bill with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Darien Lake more than a decade back? – Weiland also has arrived on stage late and in rough shape, as he did when a briefly reformed STP played the Rapids Theatre a few summers back.
Weiland has struggled, publicly, with his demons for many years. His inability to conquer them led to his dismissal from STP in 2013. But Weiland always is at his best when he’s buried in the creation of new music, and that’s what he’s been doing for the past year. His new band, the Wildabouts, has been in the studio working on new material, between tour dates. Notices from the road have been largely positive, and Weiland and company have been praised for their ability to blend STP favorites with new songs and some surprising covers, among them tunes by David Bowie, the Doors and Jane’s Addiction.
All of this bodes well for Weiland & the Wildabouts’ appearance at 8 p.m. Friday in the Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino. Tickets start at $55 (box office, Ticketmaster).
- Jeff Miers