Ex-Stone Temple Pilots Singer Scott Weiland Dead at 48


Story by Anne Erickson

Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is dead

Scott Weiland is dead. The original and former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver passed away before a scheduled show Thursday evening (Dec. 3) in Minnesota. He had been on the road with his solo band, the Wildabouts. He was 48.

According to the Bloomington, Minnesota, Police Department, a deceased adult male was discovered found in a RV outside a motel in Bloomington.

Weiland had his demons. He fought substance abuse issues for years. He also had a falling out with the members of Stone Temple Pilots that resulted in him breaking away from the band in 2013.

In Weiland’s absence, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington started performing and recording with Stone Temple Pilots in May of 2013. They released an EP called “High Rise” that year. Bennington recently left Stone Temple Pilots, though, due to his duties with Linkin Park, which left the door open for Weiland to return to the fold.

Dave Navarro from Jane’s Addiction first broke the news of Weiland’s passing in a since-deleted tweet.

Weiland spoke with Audio Ink Radio last year about the ‘90s grunge era.

“There really hasn’t been a musical movement since that time in rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m not sure why that is, really,” Weiland told Audio Ink Radio. “I think there has to be synergy to have that happen and the political social environment has to be right and that generation has to be interested in a certain type of music that speaks out a lot of those ideas. There has to be an organic connection between the fans and the music that’s coming out.”

Our staff’s thoughts and prayers are with Weiland’s loved ones during this difficult time.

Anne Erickson
Posted by Anne Erickson | Alternative, Grunge, Music, Rock, Rock News

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