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October 21st, 2003
VELVET REVOLVER's WEILAND, MCKAGAN To Appear At California's DRAGONFEST + SCOTT WEILAND Warned Off Drugs + Brain & Buckethead to play at Drum Day 2003
VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland and bassist Duff McKagan will appear at the Dragonfest on Sunday, November 16, to sign autographs and take pictures. Dragonfest is the ultimate martial arts, sci-fi and Hollywood celebrity convention and is held at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. For more information, visit www.dragonfest.com.

(Thanks: www.velvet-revolver.com)

Reuters reports that a U.S. judge has allowed STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/VELVET REVOLVER lead singer Scott Weiland to remain free while he tries to kick a persistent drug habit, but has warned him that could change if he has another "dirty" drug test.

Judge Colette Serio on Monday (October 20) congratulated Weiland on completing most of the drug testing and counselling requirements stemming from his August no contest plea to two felony drug possession charges. The 35-year-old California native tested positive for drugs shortly after his May 17 arrest in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank but subsequent tests have been clean, Serio said.

"Overall this is an excellent report," Serio told Weiland. "I want to advise you that if you have any other positive tests you will have to go back to residential treatment."

The rail-thin rocker, who arrived at court wearing a turtleneck sweater, a leather jacket and a wool scarf despite unseasonably warm California weather, said the court-mandated counselling program "got me reinvigorated about going back to (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings."

Weiland was arrested in May after Burbank police pulled over a car he was riding in and found drugs. The 29-year-old driver also was charged with drug possession.

Outside court on Monday, Weiland said his recovery was on track, and added that he was looking forward to the February release of an album with VELVET REVOLVER.

"Sometimes God offers you circumstances that sort of fall in your lap that you thought wouldn't happen," he said. "Getting busted spurred my desire to seriously get back into recovery."

He returns to court in January for a progress report.

Brain will be playing Drum Day 2003 with Giant robot AKA Buckethead this Saturday.

This is what is says on dwdrums.com:

With Giant Robot
Featuring Buckethead
And Mothergoose
(guns n roses)

Source(s): http://www.roadrun.com/blabbermouth.net/ , http://www.dwdrums.com/  
Thanks to: LiberAdZe, scamp 
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