September 23, 2010 / 4:32 AM / 8 years ago

Stone Temple Pilots suspend tour after outburst

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Stone Temple Pilots have postponed 12 dates on their tour in the wake of singer Scott Weiland’s rambling speech onstage during the trek’s Houston stop.

Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo (L) of the Stone Temple Pilots perform at the Pepsi Music Festival in Buenos Aires, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

The group has taken a “short break” beginning with the show scheduled for Tuesday in El Paso, according to its announcement, and will return to the road on October 8 in Tampa.

The band did not give a specific reason for the break, but Weiland’s outburst on Sunday may have contributed.

According to the Houston Press, STP took the stage about one hour after opener Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s set, after which Weiland offered slurred tangents about his in-ear monitors, past drug use and thoughts on grunge music.

“The 8th of December will be the time when I stopped doing dope,” Weiland said, and then hushed the crowd as it began to cheer. “No, no, no, no,” he continued. “I started drinking again. My brother died, I got divorced (from) my wife, and my whole world basically spun around. So you know what? I’m going to take care of myself because that’s what I need to take care of. Instead of just having a few shows, I want to have a whole hell of a lot of shows.”

Stone Temple Pilots saw its first album in nine years debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in May. But the self-titled set quickly slid down the charts and it has sold just 130,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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