Concert Review: Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts

The Pearl, June 1

Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland stepped onstage sporting aviator sunglasses and looking dapper in a sharp suit about 30 minutes late with his band, the Wildabouts. The 90-minute concert showcased mostly STP hits from the albums Core and Purple. After Weiland rambled about hearing Elvis whispering onstage, he shouted into his megaphone and launched into “Crackerman.” With the hall about 75 percent full, the crowd in their 30s and 40s stood up and cheered as Weiland performed “Wicked Garden.”

The first half of the show was strong. Weiland worked his strange, wavy dance moves all over the stage and laid down onstage to feel Doug Grean’s guitar solo. At the end of “Dead & Bloated,” Grean let fans run their fingers along the strings. Weiland connected with first-row fans, fist-bumping, slapping, shaking hands and tossing a pair of sunglasses into the crowd. The second half of the show suffered because of Weiland’s weakening vocals. The Wildabouts seemed to tolerate Weiland’s antics, musings and ramblings and some fans encouraged Weiland during some hiccups.

High points were “Creep,” Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song” and David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” as Weiland climbed a large stack of speakers to pull out an American flag from the Pearl’s wall. Weiland paraded his patriotism, flag in hand, marching and dancing around the stage.

A loud siren rang before the band’s encore. It was a warning to fans to lower expectations. An uninspired “Unglued” and a cover of the Doors’ “L.A. Woman” prolonged this train wreck. After all his strange babble, Weiland was the first to exit the stage with nothing further to say. ★★☆☆☆