This Scott Weiland article was written by Al Hall, a GIGsoup contributor
Scott Weiland, the vocal powerhouse and frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver has died at the age of 48, his management has confirmed.
Weiland was on tour with his current band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, and died in his sleep on a tour stop at Bloomington, Minnesota. The details surrounding his death are due to be released Friday.
Weiland rose to fame in the early 90s with Stone Temple Pilots, who became famous for song such as ‘Creep’, ‘Vasoline’ and ‘Big Empty’. After they disbanded in 2002, Weiland formed Velvet Revolver with former Guns ‘N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, as well as Dave Kushner. Velvet Revolver earned two gold selling singles for “Slither” and “Fall To Pieces” and a Grammy for “Slither”.
For all his talent and achievements, Weiland had his demons. His drug abuse and run-ins with the law made him an erratic and unreliable frontman, and it was this that led to his firing from Velvet Revolver in 2008, and then Stone Temple Pilots in 2013, following their reunion.
Various celebrities have already begun paying tribute to the fallen singer. Rock band Wheatus tweeted “We opened for @STPBand in 2000. I watchd them side stage & Scott Wieland destroyed me, he was the real thing. Seeing him changed me 4 ever”. Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction added his condolences, “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight” – This tweet was later removed.