Four Years Ago Today Scott Weiland Was Found Dead

December 3, 2019
Scott Weiland

On this day, four years ago, the artist known as Scott Weiland, former singer for Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver and The Magnificent Bastards, was retrieved by the alien race he represented here on Earth and taken back to his home planet.

Well, that is what I would like to believe.  Unfortunately, the actual facts are more tragic.  Throughout most of his life Scott Weiland struggled with addiction to many substances.  As a teen, like most of us he started with alcohol then moved on to cocaine.  Later, after achieving super-stardom with Stone Temple Pilots, his heroin abuse took it’s toll on his crazy life and was the reason for missed opportunities, tours, and eventually the firing from that band after a few break ups.  Eventually it led to his death in 2015 while on tour with his band The Wildhearts.  Weiland was found dead on the tour bus and local authorities in Bloomington, Minnesota said cocaine and various pharmaceuticals, were also found.

His former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots called his struggles with drugs “part of his curse”.  His ex -wife Mary Forseburg released an open letter to fans urging them not to romanticize the lifestyle that led to his death:

“I won't say he can rest now, or that he's in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up. Let's choose to make this the first time we don't glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don't have to come with it."

You could say Scott Weiland became just another Rock-N-Roll cliche, living fast and dying young(hey! 48 is still young!). If he had been able to stay off the smack and kept making music with Stone Temple Pilots what would the music sound like?  Would it be the same?  I ask this question all the time when a musical artist succumbs to the trappings of stardom?  Would the album “Purple” be as brilliant as it is without the drugs?  Would “Sex Type Thing” or “Big Empty” sound the same?  Would they sound better?  Would they be awful?

Thankfully we still have the music.  Weiland was a one of a kind performer and artist.  When he and the band were firing on all cylinders it was almost other worldly.  Like he was from another planet.

This is mmy favorite Stone Temple Pilots performance.  From a 2000 VH1 Storytellers appearance:

This Velevet Revolvert track is one of my favs and it looks like he din't have to act too much in the video:

I know what you're asking: "Who are these Magnificent Bastards you speak of in this blog?  They only recorded two songs: A cover of "How Do You Sleep" for a John Lennon tribute album and this gem that ended up on the "Tank Girl" soundtrack. I love this song: