Friday, December 4, 2015

Legendary Stone Temple Pilots Frontman Scott Weiland Dead at 48

The first time I heard his voice, I knew he was destined for greatness. One of the last great rockstars, Scott Weiland has passed away.

In 1986, Weiland met bassist Robert DeLeo at a Black Flag concert, a simple conversation over a mutual love interest lead to an incredible friendship between the two that was the basis for one of the greatest rock bands ever, Stone Temple Pilots.

Originally they were known as Mighty Joe Young, as a tribute to a Chicago blues guitarist of the same name. They later switched to Stone Temple Pilots after finding out that MJY was still performing.

Stone Temple Pilots would go on to acquire huge success. In the beginning, they were often questioned about their strong similarity to alt-rock band Pearl Jam (fuck you David Spade), but by the time their 2nd album was released, STP had developed a sound that was very much their own.

Unfortunately, as many remember, the band broke up so many times due to the behavior of Weiland, who carried multiple demons with him, and at times just couldn't control them. Robert DeLeo once said that Scott Weiland was a like a brother that you never wanted to give up on and that even though the band broke up several times, not once, was it an easy decision to fire Weiland.

However, Weiland's presence was far too strong to be held back by STP, he released solo albums and fronted many other bands in between STP reunions.

Slash, who was a part of one of Weiland's most notable side projects Velvet Revolver, had this to say about his friend.........

"I just thought he was a great singer, and he'd always been on my mind for Velvet Revolver. He was the one vocalist that I knew had the kind of voice that would serve what we were going to do: he had a John Lennon-ish quality, a little bit of jim Morrision, and a touch of almost David Bowie. He was the best singer to come out in a long time in my opinion."

Do not remember Scott Weiland for how he died, embrace the incredible way he lived. 

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