Yesterday, the internet exploded with the news of a new supergroup, Art of Anarchy. Featuring Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer, the singer of the band is former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver guitarist Scott Weiland. Or make that “was.” Yesterday via Facebook, Weiland clarified his role in the band, which is to say that what he did was so last year, and he’s concentrating on his current band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts:
I just saw some press about a side project called art of anarchy that I worked on last year – I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out. In the meantime, if you want to check out where I’m at RIGHT NOW, check out my band, SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS. I couldn’t be more excited about our new record, Blaster, that comes out March 31st. You can see us on the road starting in Feb, and at Sundance next week and SXSW in March. Here’s some footage of us in the studio performing White Lightning and a new song called Circles.
Well, that was short-lived. That means that there’s an opening in a band for a singer that sounds like Scott Weiland. Hmm, wonder what Chester Bennington is up to? It’s unclear whether Art of Anarchy knew how involved (or not involved) their singer would be. The press release doesn’t seem to make any reference to the fact that it was only a studio player. It’ll be interesting to see if they land another well-known singer. In the meantime, check out Scott’s current project below.
UPDATE: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has since clarified Weiland’s involvement in the band, saying:
“Art of Anarchy is not competition or a threat or interference to what any of us are doing — it’s a complement, an addition, one I’m proud of creatively. No need to minimize or undermine or devalue a project we all worked on together over the course of two years. I enjoyed working with Scott. And I’m looking forward to the Wildabouts album release, the Bumblefoot album release, and the Art of Anarchy album release. The more music the better, it’s what we do, right? 🙂 Artists do collaborations and a month later, their own album comes out. This is normal stuff. All good. 🙂 ”
Thal further elaborated that:
“The five of us made an album together. Scott is currently the singer of the band. It’s in writing; no confusion. But yes, Scott’s solo album and tour are his priority and we’re all on the same page about getting another vocalist if Art of Anarchy hits the road. But we don’t need to cross that bridge just yet. Taking everything as it comes, one step at a time, letting it evolve organically. Where it goes from here (and with who!) is yet to be seen.”