This article will be to honor and celebrate the late great Scott Weiland not a gruesome, thrill seekers haven for gorey details. This will lift up Scott and his work, not traumatize his family or fans any further. This hopes to bring adoration and respect and appreciation to his spectacular life and talent. Scott is best known as the founder and singer for Stone Temple Pilots known affectionately to fans as simply STP. Some of his well known hits from the previously mentioned band are Plush, Sex Type Thang, Wicked Garden and Creep. Yet as amazing and groundbreaking as Stone Temple Pilots was, Scott’s career had yet just begun. His talent was too ecclectic to be stifled by just one sound, one group, one world. Clouding that wonderful talent is unfortunately the demons that tormented him. It is public knowledge that he struggled with substance abuse issues and battled addiction to the best of his ability for as long as he could on his own. This had to be mentioned but that is all it is, a small part of Scott’s life that was a thorn in his side and not him as a person. His struggles will not be the focus of this story, but instead his music and talent and the light his life shone on this planet will be the legacy for which we honor the late great musician Scott Weiland. Anyone will tell you that worked closely with him that his vocal range was incredible and his lyrics were raw and genuine and he never ran from his pain, he simply channeled them into beautiful yet haunting music that resonated with the pain of which so many of his listeners could relate. He was a true artist in this sense, holding nothing back from them; being willing to bare his soul and expose his weaknesses and often own twisted thoghts whether they were offensive or not. They came from within him and they were his and he wanted to give them to his fans so that maybe someone out there would related and be changed for the better because of his fearless emotional vulnerability.
He not only headlined his own bands but was a word-painter with and for many other exceptional and groundbreaking bands such as Temple of the Dog, Candlebox, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mother Love Bone, and was a troubadour for the great Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell, and Jerry Cantrell among others. Very little of his legacy can be told on a few pages but this should shed some light on the effect he made during his brief stay with us. He did not always write his own songs but he performed them with such veracity and passion and emotional truth, it was as if they were all autobiographical moments of time ripped from his life and that is how he reached so many people and not only entertained them but touched something untouchable in them all.
In his song Crash, he writes
“Your car passed my street today but no one was driving
It must be a metaphor for losing my mind
Moving slow but way out of control
I’m standing amongst you all and nobody’s listening
So hold on to something still
Hold on to something still, hold on, hold on
These lyrics can mean so many things that it would do an injustice to translate them based on an interview in which he tries to explain and its best that the words dangle in space for all those who desire to grab them for a moment and make parts of them theirs. That is the beauty of music. It belongs to him. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone so we will resist the desire to dissect what should be received as whole.
So instead of looking at the loss this world faced when Scott left us, let’s honor his work and his very big presence in both the entertainment world and how he touched the hearts of fans while he was here doing what he did best; inspire, perform, love bi proxy his voice and instruments. His lyrics are open to interpretation and that makes them brilliant and universal.
The star’s untimely death was not public knowledge until Jane’s Addiction band member Dave Navarro tweeted “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.” This is the last mention of Scott’s loss as this is to honor him
An online Rolling Stone spread posted a fantastic series of 20 essential songs and accompanying videos for those as a tribute for the fans. Its worth a look and it showcases the eclectic talents he was blessed with.
In the spirit of honoring life and not focusing on the perceived end or it, this article wishes to ask all people to utilize whatever talents you have, whether average, awful or of professional quality, and show them off to the world. Dance, sing, rejoice and live your lives in sheer joy as there is much to be grateful for especially during the holiday season. Don’t focus on the worries of each day or your health or finances or any of it. Honor Scott’s memory by living and living loudly and fully. Attached are videos of Scott’s great performances so that all may remember the brief yet impacting moments he shared with us all on this earth. It is the season of giving and Scott spent his life giving joy through his music to the world. That gift will continue to bring smiles and a sense of relating to another human being who just may be feeling as they do. That kind of music not only heals the soul but it saves literal lives. For that Scott Weiland, we salute and thank you.
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