Scott Weiland Slithers at Highline Ballroom [11/26/12]

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by


If there’s a theremin and keyboard on stage for an artist that you’ve never heard use either before, prepare yourself for a trip to crazy town.

Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts Live @ Highline Ballroom NYC

Scott Weiland played the Highline Ballroom last night. Let’s start with a sobriety check. Over the years we’ve seen Weiland in Stone Temple Pilots, solo, and Velvet Revolver. Last night he seemed slightly more sober than usual. By no means are we claiming he was or was not under the influence of mind-altering chemicals, but he was able to stand up on his own and tell fewer, slightly more cohesive albeit rambling stories between songs.

Scott Weiland

Along with a band of hired guns, the set began with a jam session that involved Weiland playing the theremin. Yes, you read that correctly. He kicked off a show that included the phrase “playing 20 years of greatest hits” in the description with something other than an STP song.

Here’s a sample of crowd response to this decision.

“What the fuck is this?” – Crowd member after opening jam

“Why?!” – Crowd member upon hearing Weiland telling the crowd that on this tour, they would be playing new sets every night and including songs that people have never heard

Apparently the majority of the crowd, including us, arrived expecting to hear a predominantly Stone Temple Pilots set. Did everyone else forget about the album of Christmas standards that Weiland released last year too?

Scott Weiland

To be honest, this reporter did not make it through the entire show. If you’ve seen Spinal Tap, think back to the scene where they start playing free form jazz during their set. That was the level of awkward.

We do wish we had stayed for Barbarella though.

The show wasn’t all disaster. Weiland proved once again that he is a vocal chameleon. He was able to bounce between rock numbers and lounge-esque tunes with ease. Impressive, but a bit confusing to an audience expecting to hear some classic tunes and were instead treated to an avant-garde set list of randomness.

Our main takeaway from the night was Scott Weiland’s recipe for Tuna Burgers as told during a flashback to STP’s first cross country tour:

  • canned tuna fish
  • breadcrumbs
  • mayonnaise

Scott Weiland

Full set list:

  • Opening Jam
  • Crackerman
  • Paralysis
  • Killing Me Sweetly
  • Black Again
  • Desperation #5
  • Mockingbird Girl
  • First Kiss On Mars
  • Do It For The Kids
  • California Jam/ mountain song
  • Art School Girl
  • Can’t Stand Me Now
  • Lounge Fly
  • Barbarella
  • Vasoline
  • Unglued

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  • CTT

    “Greatest Hits” is a subjective term. This is SW, you got his “best” (again subjective) solo songs as well as deeper STP tracks. Do some research before showing up to the show. You clearly heard the name Weiland and expected all STP radio hits.

    The set encompassed his entire career: STP, Solo, Velvet Revolver. Anyone with legitimate knowledge of Weiland was very happy with the setlist & performance.

    Sorry you had to listen to a bit of jamming before hearing Crackerman (a top STP hit)…

    Oh and by the way, 2002 called; they want their obligatory Scott Weiland sobriety zings back.

    • Agreed. As a fan from the 90’s who hasn’t paid attention to SW since Velvet Revolver, this wasn’t my cup of tea and the audience towards the back of the room seemed to consist of other people with similar opinions.

      I’m sure diehard fans up front near the stage loved the show. If this had been an artist that I’ve followed post-relevancy, I would have loved it too.

      Not making sobriety zings. Sincerely hope he’s doing well. He seemed more stable than he has in the past when I’ve seen him. Thanks for the alternate perspective.

      • “post relevancy” lol smug hipster is smug. You are a horrible “journalist”

        • When you go from selling out stadiums to small clubs on a Monday night, it’s just the facts not a dig at the artist or the fans. Not a bad thing (or a hipster thing.) I am a huge Chris Cornell fan and I would say he is past relevancy in terms of mainstream music too. Doesn’t stop me from listening to him. Thanks for your comment.

  • STP fan

    I disagree with CTT that “greatest hits” is subjective. The term “hit” is what it says – or as Hesh said on the Soprano’s: “a hit as a hit”. This was not a greatest hits show. And what “research” can you do? The venue said no opening act; shows how keyed in they were. The music wasn’t bad, but calling it “greatest hits” is misleading at best. I left early.

  • Jomo

    I was at this show and loved it. I prefer his solo albums. Great set!

  • Nick

    What kind of reporting is this??? Why must his sobriety ALWAYS be brought up? If you are a real Weiland fan, you should have known that he wasn’t going to be performing STP songs all night. What an idiot!