Scott Weiland (the real Scott Weiland, not hilarious shoplifting Weiland impersonator Jason Michael Hurley) is releasing his first new album in five years, a record he proudly describes as “furry.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, Weiland said Blaster is a much more straight-ahead rock effort than his last solo release (which he apparently considers to be 2008’s “Happy” In Galoshes, not the cringeworthy 2011 Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year). Weiland explains:

““Happy” In Galoshes was an experimental art record, for the most part. 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.”

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Weiland and the band recorded Blaster in between stints of their 2013 ”Purple To The Core” tour, which was definitely named that because they played tracks from Stone Temple Pilots’ first two albums, and not as a nod to the unusual skin tone of a human body that’s been subjected to years of severe heroin abuse. Touring in support of Blaster will begin in February, with the dates listed below. That way, America will have an opportunity to hear if the songs sound equally “furry” live. Honestly, “furry” is probably a better word choice for the ousted STP frontman than “plush.”

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts Tour Dates:

February 22—Scottsdale, AZ—Pub Rock

February 24—Denver, CO—Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

February 26—Omaha, NE—The Waiting Room

February 27—Chicago, IL—Double Door

February 28 —Flint, MI—The Machine Shop

March 2—Nashville, TN—Mercy Lounge

March 3—Atlanta, GA—The Masquerade

March 6—Orlando, FL—The Social

March 7—Destin, FL—Club LA

March 10—New York, NY—Gramercy Theatre

March 12—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live

March 13—Baltimore, MD—Ottobar

March 14—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall

April 25—Jacksonville, FL—Welcome To Rockville

May 16—Colombus OH—Rock On The Range

May 30—BottleRock Music Festival—Napa Valley

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