Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has announced the release date of his upcoming album Blaster as well as a string of tour dates in support of the album beginning in late February. According to an interview with Rolling Stone, Blaster is set for release March 31 through Softdrive Records and will be Weiland's first album with his new backing band The Wildabouts. The tour in support of Blaster kicks off Feb. 22 in Scottsdale, Arizona, and finishes March 14 in Boston, though Weiland will be appearing at several festivals between March and May as well.
Blaster will be Weiland's third solo album overall, his first since 2008's "Happy" in Galoshes, as well as his first since being fired from the Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 — he was ultimately replaced by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington.
"'Happy' in Galoshes was an experimental art record, for the most part," Weiland tells Rolling Stone. "Blaster is definitely a band sound: a stripped down, furry sound with a lot of space between the notes. But it's tight and to-the-point while keeping that garage rock vibe to it."
You can check out Scott Weiland's upcoming tour dates with The Wildabouts here, including their scheduled festival appearances for the spring:
02/22: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
02/24: Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
02/26: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
02/27: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
02/28: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
03/02: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/03: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
03/06: Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/07: Destin, FL @ Club LA
03/10: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
03/12: Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
03/13: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
03/14: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03/17-22: Austin, TX @ SXSW
04/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
05/16: Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
05/30: Napa Valley, CA @ BottleRock Music Festival
You can check out Scott Weiland's music video for his "Happy" in Galoshes single "Missing Cleveland" here: