Sad news to report this morning. Scott Weiland, former singer of Stone Temple Pilots, has passed away at the age of 48. The singer was on tour with his band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. He was scheduled to perform in Minneapolis last night, but the concert was canceled.
Also known as the frontman for supergroup Velvet Revolver, the musician was found unresponsive in the back of his tour bus by his persona manager. It was later confirmed by both his wife and manager that he had died, giving an official announcement on Scott Weiland's personal Instagram. At this time, the cause of death is not being made public. It is widely known that Scott Weiland struggled with a substance abuse problem. Here is the statement made to the public.
"Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott's family be respected."
Scott Weiland helped form Stone Temple Pilots in the late 80s, going under the name Mighty Joe Young. It wasn't until 1992 that they released their debut album Core, which propelled them to mainstream success. The second Stone Temple Pilots album Purple arrived in 1994, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts. It spawned two hit singles, Interstate Love Song and Vaseline. In March of that year, the hit single Plush from Core would win a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band was also featured on the iconic The Crow soundtrack, released the same year, with their song Big Empty helping to set the mood and tone of the superhero comic book adaptation.
Scott Weiland's problems with substance abuse emerged early on in his career. In 1995, he was first arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine, and would serve time in rehab. Three years later, in 1998, the musician released his first solo alum titled 12 Bar Blues. That June, he is again arrested for heroin possession. He is then again arrested in early 1999, and suffered an overdoes in July of that year. He entered a treatment facility shortly before the release of Stone Temple Pilots' fourth album No. 4.
In 2002, Stone Temple Pilots would officially break up, and just a year later, the super group Velvet Revolver was formed. Their debut album Contraband hit #1 on the Billboard charts. That album would go onto win Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for the single Slither. Scott Weiland left the band in 2008, going back to Stone Temple Pilots. He also released a second solo album titled Happy in Galoshes. In 2010, STP released their sixth Weiland led album, their first since 2001.
Just three years later, the band would fire Scott Weiland, with both sides issuing lawsuits over the rights to perform under the name Stone Temple Pilots. In the end, it's the band that gets to continue on with the marquee name. A year later, Scott Weiland would release his first album with his current band The Wildabouts, titled Blaster.
At this time, Scott Weiland's family is asking for privacy. And that their wishes be respected. It isn't known when a full autopsy report will be made available to the public. You can watch this unofficial music video from The Crow, which features the singer's vocals on the song The Big Empty. RIP.