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So: What spawned my really aggressive blogging title here. I just saw Scott Weiland mesmerize a crowd. Pinnacle of a year where I have been at most shows. Yet: as blog negotiations played out for this blog and first right of purchase on my content for another site:
PS: Your looking at the only rock star that IS the artist that is my absolute dream job candidate. Love all of my clients, they are all gifted and growing them into the most successful bands they can be, ethically and without compromises is what I do. But I would KILL to get my hands elbow deep into Scott Weiland‘s PR and tour management. Its under-worked, feels under thought and it detracts for him as the artist. Just my professional opinion and one as a long time fan in the pits HEARING the beefs, seeing where things went awry and KNOWING he probably has no clue why certain things shake out like they do. He shouldnt, he is the artist. But, a good manager produces and reduces where impacts are minimized on the artist. His are ALL on him. And so many are preventable. It drives me nuts. Is it a family member working for him? (*shit if it is, my bad. Still true, but touchy-er…not a word, but ya know what I mean).
Either way, turning it around is simple. I just can’t imagine why it all sits in muck and he looks bad ALL THE TIME in the media as a result. PREVENTABLE shit has to be managed bc UNPREVENTABLE shit is FORSEEABLE with this one right here. I worked in politics for fuck sake, I got slimed and slimed (by political standards. In the music world stuffy old dudes hating on you by calling you a “perky, young slut!” isnt quite the coo it hypocritically plays out to be in the political realms. Perky, young hussy graduated from Law School, has a business degree, a counseling degree, out-marketed some of the wealthiest men in government and won, so proof is in the pudding. (The fact that their old, ugly, boring pudding is the LAST thing I would let anywhere close to my pudding cup pretty much sums it up for ya!). Smart, boobs, young and dudes misled to believe in the possibility of getting laid across the board!!? Yeah, that did nothing but grow SWAK Music division FOR me. But here, I am almost embarrassed thinking he’s paying people for work during all the snafu’s from attendance and booing crowds expecting an STP show (it WAS printed on our tickets this summer, who the hell missed that. I was pissed. REALLY. It’s a solo show and somehow he needs to piggyback or qualify the name SCOTT WEILAND using STP and VR on a ticket. No wonder people booed. That sets an expectation. His ‘people’ should work with him, his way, sure. But the WORK is to insulate him enough to be HUMAN without worry, and place the public in the position to EXPERIENCE him in a way that earns his living and fosters his art. Fuck. Management 101, I just don’t get it.
His reputation isn’t even close to the caliber of artist he is creatively, performing live, I saw it more times in person this year than anyone not being paid to be there. His intelligence and straight up determined perseverance, well that seeps out on stage if you see him repeatedly perform or actually intake moments of the past 20 years, even just in terms of lyrics and press interviews. I am not kidding, my goal in life is to see this dude back at full earning potential, getting every ounce of respect he deserves. Is that everyone’s? NO, never. But it also isn’t the reduced level he is subjected to now. And, Scott, if your in the market for new management, now, ever, silently, publicly, look me up. Handle this shit once and for all.
Someone in camp Weiland has to put their foot down and acknowledge the financial and fan based losses being incurred from from the lack of proactive, strategic, aggressive but astutely balanced middle peeps. Some of us can win negotiations and still leave friends with a room of people. Deliver less than favorable news and updates while keeping collective trust of fans and staff any artists needs to MAINTAIN success. Promoting frameworks out of the negative labels and into positive print the REAL focal point of the Weiland legacy. If I could sit down and write that legacy, no one can convince me those around him don’t understand. Why cant someone DO the leg work that is being paid to be done and change the tone out there back to reality. He may be a cocky asshole sometimes, but everyone is a cocky asshole sometimes. HE EARNS WHAT PUTS MANY, MANY families meals on the table. Someone needs to be around him that is qualified to reverse this PR problem, the tour shrinkage, the earning shrinkage. If indeed there is no one who will say that they can effectively change the tone, prevent the predictable, and to spin the shit out of the unpredictable: I will say it. It bugs me to love this artist, respect this artist, admire his career and watch it be mishandled and unmitigated. He is who he is, so the skill to work that all along the continuum, master the message as potential news changes, as the artist ebbs and flows and handle shit to keep him in the best possible position: the fact that he is so uninsulated from the press drama to me signals a failure.
He is honest about his chemical dependency/addictions. I bet Scott Weiland NEVER, EVER loses that Weiland bad boy image, it is him, but it’s not even close to the ratio that’s symbolized in our culture today at the mention of his name. If he has anything to say about it, I am confident his ideal hope for how he is received publicly falls on both sides of the sword. But, my point is he *could* be himself AND making more $, enjoy the respect he has earned while doing as he pleases, if only someone was MANAGING in between what he does and the end users who have no reason not to be loyal, until someone drops the ball and lets someone else tell them why…. just sayin’.
This picture is worth roughly 752 words in my overactive Attention Deficit driven mind. Good thing for perky breasts to deflect action around myself ;)
- SLASH On WEILAND: Even If I Didn’t Have My Solo Thing Going On, I Still Wouldn’t Work With Him (blabbermouth.net)
- Scott Weiland @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ. 11/28/2012 (myrockergirllifeinthered.com)
- The First Proffessional Concert Blogging Assignment. (*but not the first douchbag to almost fuck it up for me) (myrockergirllifeinthered.com)