Elite: Scott Weiland Shares His Troubled Past in Archival Interviews
Usually when rock stars die, their fans are deeply saddened. That’s certainly the case for former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, who died Thursday in his sleep in Bloomington, Minnesota, while on tour with his latest band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. But while those who followed Weiland are heartbroken, they’re not necessarily surprised.
The talented artist reportedly died of a heart attack, but he had a long history of depression and addiction, along with the volatile behavior that often accompanies such conditions. He was kicked out of Stone Temple Pilots for the final time in February 2013 for being late to shows and exhibiting a lack of interest, and he was let go from Guns N’ Roses-associated supergroup Velvet Revolver in 2008 due to personality conflicts.
However, for all his flaws, Weiland was a gifted songwriter and a charismatic frontman. His raspy voice fell into the realm of the “Seattle sound,” but he was just as interested in classic rock artists like the Beatles, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd, and his sinewy stage moves and flashy sense of style were always captivating.
Weiland was plagued by demons, bounced in and out of rehab, and abused heroin – he said – on and off until 2004. His last criminal wrangle with drug abuse came in 2007, when he crashed his car in Los Angeles and was charged with being “under the influence of a drug.” Yet both before, during, and after his battles with drugs, Weiland created some great post-grunge and alternative rock records. He played on six well-received albums with Stone Temple Pilots and two discs with Velvet Revolver, and he was prolific as a solo artist, releasing four eclectic studio records, including one with the Wildabouts, Blaster, just this past February.