I heard the news this morning, although the reports still seemed unconfirmed at the time.
Now, they are official: Scott Weiland, the former lead singer of the hugely successful nineties band Stone Temple Pilots, as well as Velvet Revolver later on, has died.
He was sleeping on the tour bus during a stop in Minnesota at the time.
Weiland became hugely influential with his musical abilities and ingenuity, although he also had some difficulties with drug addiction at various times during his career.
One member of his current band, the Wildabouts, is being questioned after cocaine was found on the bus.
I remember getting into the Stone Temple Pilots when they first really hit it big in 1993, although their biggest song Plush, the one that really allowed them to break out, often drew comparisons to Pearl Jam, and some people at the time felt that it was a rip off. I remember David Spade making a joke that he preferred the group under their original name of Pearl Jam, and some others used to call them the Clone Temple Pilots.
Be that as it may, they established themselves solidly with a very different style as they changed their sound in subsequent albums, until the two bands really sounded nothing alike after awhile.
After the band broke up, they all tried their own thing in the aftermath of the huge success that they had enjoyed with the Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland soon joined forces with former members of Guns 'N Roses to form Velvet Revolver.
I had the pleasure of seeing Weiland with both the Stone Temple Pilots (at MSG in 1996) and with Velvet Revolver (somewhere in New Jersey in 2005, maybe Old Bridge?).
He had an amazing singing style and strong range, and his creativity will certainly by missed.
Rest in peace, Scott Weiland.
Scott Weiland, Former Stone Temple Pilots Singer, Dead at 48 Vocalist, who also fronted Velvet Revolver, died in his sleep BY KORY GROW December 4, 2015: