Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has died at age 48. While Weiland and STP are identified with the grunge movement and had early comparisons with Pearl Jam, as it turns out The Doors were an influential force in Weiland’s life.
Weiland born in 1967 as Scott Kline. Like many of his generation his parents divorced when he was 2 and when his mother remarried took his step-father‘s last name (Kurt Cobain’s parents divorced when he was 9). The divorce seems to have affected Weiland greatly. Weiland wrote of his family that “his new dad was a good guy who’s middle name is discipline” and that his biological father was “a cool dude who drove a Pepsi truck for a living, but smoked dope at night and listened to The Doors.”
Weiland’s addiction problems started early in life. He would later write in his book ’Not Dead & Not For Sale’, “I liked the feeling of entering an alternate energy field, I liked the psychological and chemical rearrangement brought on by the alcohol.” A quote that comes close to rivaling French poet Arthur Rimbaud. By high school Weiland was diagnosed with ADD and his parents committed him to a mental hospital for three months at age 16.
It was also during High School that Weiland discovered rock and roll in the form of the Sex Pistols, Echo and The Bunnymen, The Clash, and Queen. In 1986 Weiland formed the Stone Temple Pilots with Robert DeLeo and by 1992 released their first album “Core”. STP, as they became known, were at first taken to be a Pearl Jam tribute band, but transcended that early definition although they were identified with the grunge movement that came out of Seattle (STP was from southern California). The band was also controversial from the start with the song “Sex Type Thing” which lyrics some mistook as an endorsement of date rape. Other STP songs brought the band national attention “Vasoline”, and “Interstate Love Song”. STP went on a hiatus and Weiland put out a solo album and worked on various other projects such as Velvet Revolver, and his current band The Wildabouts.
Weiland’s addictions were the continuous thread throughout his life and included heroin but his drug of choice was crack cocaine for which he was arrested and convicted of buying crack cocaine and sentenced to a years probation. Weiland was found dead in his tour bus of cardiac arrest yesterday December 3, 2015. In a continuing development of the story it’s being reported that traces of cocaine were found in Weiland’s bedroom on the bus, and Wildabouts bandmate Tommy Black has been arrested for felony possession of drugs.
In 2000 Weiland took part in The Doors tribute album “Stoned Immaculate” singing “Break on Through (to the Other Side)” on the album and on the VH-1 Storytellers episode that was broadcast November 22, 2000 he sang “Break On Through” (see video above) as well as “Five to One”. Some think of all the performers that participated in the program Weiland gave one of the best performances of those filling out Jim Morrison’s leather pants for the show.
Thank you Scott for all the great music we hope you’ve found some peace.