Scott Weiland STP

RIP Scott Weiland; Troubled Singer Dies Under Unclear Circumstances

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The charismatic former Stone Temple Pilots frontman was 48.

According to a statement made on Scott Weiland’s Facebook page, the singer "passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts." The statement requests respect for the privacy of the Weiland family. According to his manager, Weiland’s death occurred on the Thursday, November 4.

Weiland came to prominence in the early 1990s fronting the incendiary band Stone Temple Pilots, soon to rule the grunge genre roost. The band’s 1992 LP, Core, offered record buyers an option to the breezy pop and smooth neo-soul then dominating the charts. Purple, the follow-up album helped cement STP’s lock on grunge with the back-to-back No. 1 singles, “Interstate Love Song” and “Vasoline”. Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, the band’s next LP, reflected Weiland and his band’s love of jangly ‘60s pop sounds, and seemed to be taking STP in a more gentle, retro direction.

It was during this time that Weiland’s substance-abuse problems began seriously impacting the band’s fortunes. After a series of arrests and trials, Stone Temple Pilots went on hiatus while Weiland continued to rack up unflattering headlines. After an 18-month lapse, the band reformed and put out the platinum-selling long player No. 4 in in 1999, a return to harder-edged sounds. STP would dissolve again in 2001 and 2003 with Weiland’s personal issues at the center of these breakups.

Following the 2003 STP split, Weiland joined forces with former members of Guns N’ Roses and Wasted Youth, forming the new supergroup, Velvet Revolver. A critical and commercial success, the new band soon found itself struggling with the same issues surrounding Weiland’s substance problems. In 2012 the singer would form a new band, The Wildabouts, with whom he was touring in Bloomington, Minnesota at the time of his death.

Noted for his gravelly vocals and charismatic command of the stage, Scott Weiland possessed a powerful, gravelly baritone, which he could goose into thrilling, raspy high-note territory. In an interview with this past June, Weiland maintained recent rumors of drug use were untrue saying he had been sober for 13 years.

Alice Cooper’s memorial tweet to the singer reads, "What a voice we've lost." Billy Idol recalled, "Scott Weiland was a great guy super talented..I played on shows with STP & Velvet Revolver & he owned the stage!" Former Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash shared an image and commented, "Sad day. RIP Scott Weiland."

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