A lot of Scott Weiland’s followers thought the singer was clear when he began touring along with his final band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, in late 2015. The evening of his dying, on Dec. 3, 2015, the band was scheduled to play a present on the Medina Leisure Heart in Medina, Minnesota.
Then at 8:22PM, police in Bloomington, Minn. responded to a name a name about an “unresponsive male in a leisure motorcar.” After they arrived, they discovered the person, Weiland, was lifeless. Preliminary stories prompt he died in his sleep from cardiac arrest, however toxicology outcomes carried out by The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis, and launched on Dec. 18, decided that Weiland died from an unintended overdose of cocaine, alcohol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA). The report additionally talked about that Weiland had a historical past of atherosclerotic heart problems, bronchial asthma and multi-substance dependence, which can have contributed to his dying.
The day after he died, police in Bloomington introduced that that they had discovered a small amount of cocaine within the band’s tour bus within the bed room space the place Weiland’s physique was discovered. Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black was arrested for possession, however launched the following day.
After studying about Weiland’s dying, his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots – the group with which he turned well-known – posted a letter on Fb: “Expensive Scott, Allow us to begin by saying thanks for sharing your life with us,” they wrote. “Collectively we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many individuals happiness and nice recollections. The recollections are many they usually run deep for us. We all know amidst the great and the unhealthy you struggled, time and time once more. It’s what made you who you have been. You have been gifted past phrases, Scott. A part of that reward was a part of your curse. With deep sorrow for you and your loved ones, we’re saddened to see you go. All of our love and respect. We’ll miss you brother — Robert, Eric, Dean.”
Weiland had an extended historical past of drug and alcohol abuse. In 1995 he was convicted of shopping for crack cocaine and sentenced to a 12 months of probation. Over the following 4 years, Weiland was arrested for a DUI and a home violence cost and he spent 5 months in jail in 1999 after violating his probation on an August 1998 conviction for heroin possession. In early 1998 he went into rehab. He cleaned up and relapsed quite a few instances however claimed to have kicked medication in 2002.
“Medication labored for me till they didn’t,” Weiland advised me in September 2013. “They have been enjoyable till they have been completely heinously nightmarish. However that’s all means previously. I’d abuse on and off. I’d undergo a interval of utilizing for some time, however then I’d go get clear and cease and I’d undergo that complete cycle of rehabbing that turned very costly – extra so than the medication ever have been.”
In an interview with Loudwire that ran on June 4, 2014, Weiland reiterated that he had been clear for 13 years. The remark got here after accusations from Filter frontman Richard Patrick that Weiland was nonetheless utilizing.
Though Weiland was a strong singer and charismatic frontman, his issues with medication uprooted his profession on quite a few events. He fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 1986 till 2002, acting on 5 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums earlier than his private points led to the band’s break up.
After leaving Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland joined Velvet Revolver and recorded two albums with the tremendous group earlier than leaving to reunite with Stone Temple Pilots in 2008. The band launched an eponymous album in 2010 and toured by way of 2012.
In February of 2013, Stone Temple Pilots fired Weiland for erratic and irresponsible habits and employed Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. “I had a problem with being late to exhibits,” Weiland advised me. “I can admit that. And it’s not simply exhibits, I’ve a time drawback typically and I’m engaged on being nearer to proper on time to the dentist or to a enterprise assembly. I’ve all the time had an issue with it and my pals name it residing on Weiland time.”
Along with his work with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, Weiland launched two solo albums and the Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts report Blaster. He additionally recorded vocals for the self-titled Artwork of Anarchy album, which got here out June 2, 2015.
Weiland was buried at a personal funeral on Dec. 11 at Hollywood Perpetually Cemetery in Los Angeles. Members of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver have been there to honor their former bandmate.
On the one 12 months anniversary of his dying, the members of Stone Temple Pilots paid tribute Weiland with the next Fb submit:
Loudwire contributor Jon Wiederhorn is the writer of Elevating Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Steel Legends, co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral Historical past of Steel, in addition to the co-author of Scott Ian’s autobiography, I’m the Man: The Story of That Man From Anthrax, and Al Jourgensen’s autobiography, Ministry: The Misplaced Gospels In keeping with Al Jourgensen and the Agnostic Entrance e book My Riot! Grit, Guts and Glory.