Huh? A Scott Weiland Christmas Album?
Following the Stone Temple Pilots’ oh-so-short and quite perfunctory performance at the Palace Theatre on Sunday, September 11 (see review here), the band postponed the remaining three concerts on the leg of their US tour due to singer Scott Weiland’s illness.
No big surprise there.
What is somewhat surprising, however, is the announcement that Weiland has a new solo album slated for release next month – a Christmas album.
No joke. Apparently, the STP frontman will be unleashing “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a collection of his favorite classic holiday songs, on Rhino Records on October 25.
According to a press release from Rhino:
“The inception of ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ began two years ago when Weiland first performed ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’ which is included on this album, on ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.’ The singer says Frank Sinatra’s legendary 1957 recording of the song, which featured an orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins, inspired his take on this sentimental favorite.
“Similarly, the album is filled with lush orchestrations punctuated by horns and sweetened with strings, which were arranged by Michael Birnbryer and Jessica Catron respectively. Weiland leads the musicians through timeless holiday standards made famous by the likes of Nat King Cole (‘The Christmas Song’), Bing Crosby (‘White Christmas’ and ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’), Perry Como (‘Winter Wonderland’) and Andy Williams (‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’).”