By: Adam Harrison (@AdamRHarrison) –
The shades were on, scarf wrapped, jacket unzipped and the megaphone was on for the hard rock veteran, Scott Weiland. Backed by his new band, The Wildabouts, Weiland brought his “Purple At The Core” Tour to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on July 19.
Old-school rockers, Second Pass opened the evening. With a clear influence from the likes of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, the local band, fronted by Veronica McNamee, played a selection of songs from their two latest EPs.
Weiland’s 75-minute set showcased more than a dozen songs spanning his entire career, including works from Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. However those banking on an evening of greatest hits, may have gone home disappointed as Weiland took the opportunity to perform deep cuts, such as the set opener, “Crackerman,” from STP’s debut album back in 1992.
Weiland was in full character for the Toronto crowd. His energy level as high as a teenager hopped up on Red Bull and his dancing shoes tied tight for performing those signature shifty moves. He regularly reached for his patented megaphone for extra emphasis on key lyrics and sound effects such as the siren in “Sucker Train Blues.”
The set of course wasn’t solely compiled of forgotten oldies. There were some milestone tracks such as “Vasoline” and “Slither“, which triggered the biggest reactions, along with a surprising cover of David Bowie’s “The Jean Jeanie” thrown into the mix as well. Weiland and his new band also took the time to show off a couple new songs from their upcoming solo record titled Blaster, due out in November.
Although playing to a smaller crowd than he’s used to, Weiland showed appreciation to his dedicated fans that came to support him. There was a really sweet moment where he invited a woman, who had been to every show on the east coast, up on stage to sing a few lines with him. He was humble and enthusiastic to share his songbook as well as hopeful and eager for what his future may yet hold in store.