Contraband - A Scott Weiland Tribute
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Contraband - A Scott Weiland Tribute

Somerville, NJ | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Somerville, NJ
Established on Jan, 2017
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Garwood, New Jersey, United States

Garwood, New Jersey, United States

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The band was founded in late 2016 by Sean Montross and Mike Slamer, who sought to bring back to life the music and performance of the great frontman, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver.) Bringing on board close friend Chris Penyak immediately, the trio set out to find "their Scott." 

Bill Clifton, a semi-finalist in Stone Temple Pilot's singer-search, received airplay on the Jim Kerr Morning Show on Q104.3 for his performace of Crackerman. Having been a regular in the NJ music scene playing with Biohazard, Sevendust, Run DMC and more, Bill was an easy fit to the new Weiland tribute being developed.

In 2018, Joe Stone was brought in on lead guitar to complete the line-up. A guitar teacher in the Lehigh Valley area. His energy and dedication to the music of the DeLeo brothers and Slash, elevates the live show. 

In finding the name, CONTRABAND, the five musicians wanted to properly deliver not only the music, but the presence of Scott Weiland. 

Velvet Revolver, the supergroup formed in the early 2000s with former members of Guns N Roses Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Slash, rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner of Wasted Youth, and of course Scott Weiland. The debut album CONTRABAND launched in June 2004, and attained commercial success. 

Blender magazine hailed the album as a “showcase for Weiland's vocals.” Allmusic quoted as “music that manages both hedonism and maturity. It upholds legacies while grading a new route." 

In choosing this album as the group's namesake, the boys in CONTRABAND feel they are delivering not only the best of Scott's music, but also his world-class stage performance.

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