Scott Weiland, American musician and singer-songwriter most famous for his tenure as lead vocalist for the rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at the age of 48. He had also established himself as a solo artist, releasing four studio albums, a cover album, a live album and collaborations with several other musicians since 1995. The singer’s manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed his death on Thursday night.
A statement, on Instagram, said Weiland had “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts”. Weiland had a history of drug problems. He formed the Grammy-winning band Stone Temple Pilots, and was a member of supergroup Velvet Revolver. TMZ reported Weiland’s body was discovered on his tour bus outside a motel, near the venue where the band was due to play. As the frontman for the successful rock bands Stone Temple Pilots from 1986 to 2013, as well as the supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008, success set Weiland on a dangerous path. The musician, who struggled with bipolar disorder, turned to heroin, and addiction made it impossible for the band to continue.
Set adrift, he recorded a well-received solo album, 12 Bar Blues, and joined the rock supergroup Velvet Revolver – later admitting he did it for the money. “I can’t call it the music of my soul,” he told Spin magazine. In later years, he rejoined Stone Temple Pilots, and claimed to have kicked his bad habits. 1995, the singer was convicted of buying crack cocaine and sentenced to probation. He was jailed in 1999 for violating his probation after being convicted of heroin possession in 1998, and four years later, in 2003, sentenced to three years’ probation for drug possession. In 2008, he was sentenced to eight days in jail after pleading no contest to a drink driving charge. Velvet Revolver frequently had alter its schedules to accommodate Weiland’s court appearances and spells in rehab and the band’s 2007 release, Libertad, was the last to feature Weiland on vocals.
Scott Richard Weiland (né Kline; October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015)