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Stone Temple Pilots suspend tour after outburstNEW 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.

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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 September 2010 16:11
 

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Since the release of its first single in 2008, it seems The Joy Formidable has been on just about everyone's radar and playlist, and yet this talented band has waited until now to release its first full-length studio album. With three (brief) US tours and a number of European, Australian, and UK tours under its belt, and the scheduled release of The Big Roar in the UK, Europe, and America during the next few months, it is an appropriate time to showcase The Joy Formidable.

“It’s all felt right, and at the right time," Lead vocalist and guitarist Ritzy Bryan told TLOBF.  "We’ve done things a bit topsy-turvy; releasing singles, EPs and live albums before a proper one."

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