Saturday, December 5, 2015

Farewell and RIP Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland, the dynamic stage presence and instantly recognizable voice behind Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48. Weiland’s manager confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. The details surrounding the singer’s death will be released soon.

Weiland passed away in his sleep on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to an official Instagram post. "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," the post read. "At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected."

Weiland was born Scott Richard Kline on October 27th, 1967 in San Jose, California. His mother, Sharon Williams, and father, Kent Kline, divorced two years later. A stepfather, Dave Weiland, adopted him at age five and changed his last name. He moved with his family to Ohio for a number of years before returning to California as a teenager.

He rose to prominence in the early Nineties as the frontman of the San Diego–based Stone Temple Pilots, who scored hits with songs like "Creep," "Big Empty," "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song." The band had come together in the mid-Eighties and recorded a demo under the name Mighty Joe Young around 1990.

After taking the name Stone Temple Pilots, they put out five albums between 1994 and 2001 and won a Grammy in 1994 for the Core single "Plush" before disbanding in 2002. They regrouped in 2008, issuing the Stone Temple Pilots album in 2010, before firing Weiland in 2013 and replacing him with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

Throughout much of his career, Weiland publicly battled addiction. He was convicted of buying crack cocaine in 1995 and of two DUIs in 2003 and 2007, respectively, according to CNN.

The singer branched out into hard rock, glam, psychedelia, and even Christmas fare, with versatile vocals that ranged from a guttural growl to a classic croon to a coolly seductive rasp. And, eventually, Weiland got some respect.

"Ultimately, our goal was to create a legacy," Weiland told Rolling Stone in 2008 of Stone Temple Pilots. "When we were in the car driving around together, promoting local gigs, it was, "One day we will be one of those bands that have a creative legacy.'"

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