Playing the part of a bad-boy rocker sometimes involves a little method acting. Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was recently sentenced to 192 hours in jail for a November 2007 DUI in Los Angeles. EW has now learned exclusively that the singer will serve his sentence, which the judge ordered he do before May 28, and be out in time to commence the band’s 65-date reunion tour, which kicks off May 17 in Columbus, Ohio. Weiland’s lawyer confirmed this with EW via Weiland’s spokesperson. A statement from Weiland should be released soon, along with further details.
STP sold some 35 million records starting in the early 1990s and had 15 top-ten hits; Weiland, 40, recently left rock supergroup Velvet Revolver to rejoin his old band after a five-year break. They will spend the summer on the road before possibly returning to the studio this fall for their first album of original material since 2001. In addition, Weiland has a solo album due later this year. As the singer told EW earlier this month: “We still have a lot of music in us. I don’t want to wear out our welcome, but we’ll know when it’s time to go.” To read a full feature story on Weiland and STP, check out the next issue of EW, hitting newsstands and EW.com on Friday, May 2. —Leah Greenblatt
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