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Weiland Gets Three Years Probation
Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced to three years probation Thursday in Pasadena, Calif., following a May arrest on two felony drug possession charges. Weiland wiStone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced to three years probation Thursday in Pasadena, Calif., following a May arrest on two felony drug possession charges. Weiland will be required to continue counseling and rehab sessions, as well as submit to random drug testing.
Weiland, 35, was arrested during a routine traffic stop on May 17 in Burbank, Calif., after police allegedly spotted drug paraphernalia inside the car. He and the driver of the car, 29-year-old Jennifer Lynn Sires, were later charged with cocaine and heroin possession.
Similar drug charges sent Weiland to prison in 1999, after he repeatedly violated his probation and failed to complete a rehab program. "Scott is doing very well, thanks everybody for their support and is looking forward to making the Velvet Revolver album to be released early next year," according the artist's publicist.
Velvet Revolver, which also features Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum plus David Kushner of Suicidal Tendencies, was planning on releasing a DVD/CD EP culled a June concert at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, but has opted to shelve the project in favor of working on its full-length debut.
The group was recently in the studio with producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss) to record the new song "Slither," which was initially tapped for inclusion on the EP. There are also no plans to play live in the coming months, "because the shows will be on the Internet within hours," according to the spokesperson.
Velvet Revolver has yet to ink a label deal but is in talks with Elektra and RCA for the release of the upcoming album.