Scott Weiland is firing back at coverage of "one bad show" last week, saying it got blown out of proportion when his strangely detached take on Stone Temple Pilots' "Vasoline" went viral. Weiland also reiterates, in the above talk with WXNR backstage at Carolina Rebellion, that he's clean and sober.

“We had one bad show, there were no ears – no ear monitors – and it was quite a bummer because I couldn’t hear myself at all," Weiland says, "but all [the other] shows have been amazing.” The only hiccup, he adds, is “dealing with a–hole media.”

Weiland's rep said new earbuds were being overnighted to the singer immediately after the April 28 stop at Brewster Street in Corpus Christi, Texas. Still on the road promoting a new album with the Wildabouts called Blaster, Weiland also took aim at implications that he had relapsed into substance abuse.

“Unfortunately, that’s the way it is with, you know, the media these days," Weiland added. "They like to talk stuff without really knowing what’s going on. You know, I’ve been off drugs for 13 years, and to hear people make references to that is very disheartening.”

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts still have festival dates left to play at Rock on the Range on May 16 and the BottleRock Music Festival on May 30, among others. They are in Rochester, N.Y., tonight (May 8) before heading to Manchester, N.H., on Saturday.

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