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On the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets on the Lower East Side in New York City, a new mural was completed this weekend celebrating the Beastie Boys.

Crafted by Brooklyn artist Danielle Mastrion, the mural is on the site of the former Lee's Sportswear, the storefront that made the album art for the group's landmark work, Paul's Boutique.

The unveiling on Sunday coincided with the anniversary of the album turning 25. See the mural on Bowery Boogie or view it in person at 99 Rivington Street on the side of Wolfnights, a local sandwich shop. Mastrion previously painted a Beasties' mural at Centre-Fuge, a public arts project. 

 

 

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has insisted his drug problems are 14 years in his past. And he says the upcoming album from his band the Wildabouts marks a new beginning for an older version of himself.

His addiction issues were cited in his departure from VR in 2008, which has left the band in limbo ever since, and his dismissal from STP last year, which saw them hiring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as his replacement.

Just two weeks ago Weiland discussed the chance of a, "easy money" reunion with Slash, Duff McKagan and co in VR, while the interviewer described the singer as "slurring all the time" and saying it wasn't clear whether he was "joking or just in a daze."

 

But now the frontman says "Past demons are past demons. That's stuff with I dealt with, like, 14 years ago. I guess Keith Richards gets asked about it, so why shouldn't I? But it's not something I think about ever - those days of my dope abuse and use are long since by me."

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