Ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland struggled through a performance of the band’s hit song “Vasoline” during a concert with his new band, The Wildabouts, in Texas on Tuesday night.
Video of the show was posted online and prompted fan concern and backlash. The clip, which was also promoted by TMZ, finds Weiland staring blankly ahead while singing “Vasoline” in an off-key tone. Weiland’s rep told TMZ that the poor performance stemmed from a combination of faulty earbuds and Weiland having a couple of drinks before the show. “Good news we’ve overnighted him a brand new pair of earbuds and they will be there for his show in Baton Rouge tonight,” the rep told TMZ.
Last month, Weiland apologized after a meet-and-greet in Boston with fans went awry because of his rude behavior. The singer also faced a personal loss in March, when Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown died suddenly at 34.
“I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words,” Weiland wrote about Brown’s death on Facebook. “He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius. It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts.”
Watch the studio version of “Vasoline” below.