RIP Scott Weiland

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The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman reportedly died at the age of 48.

That line above is really all we know. Despite Weiland’s notoriously self-destructive behavior, it doesn’t seem real. Late last night, Billboard and Dave Navarro both relayed that STP’s former singer had shuffled off his mortal coil. This news is… incredibly sudden. I was still getting Facebook ads about his current tour with Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts just hours ago. In addition to his work with Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland also fronted supergroup Velvet Revolver, alongside Guns N’ Roses veterans Matt Soren, Duff McKagen, and Slash.

Stone Temple Pilots were one of the handful of bands that dominated my FM rock station childhood. I’m sure you have your own memories of his work, but I’ll leave you with my favorite, “Big Empty”, from The Crow soundtrack.

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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    May he rest in peace

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • MoshOff

    Really, really gutted by this. Yet another sudden but unfortunately not shocking death due to drug abuse. RIP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht672-wYelc

  • ┼yree

    It’s amazing that his body took the abuse for as long as it did. Fuck hard drugs.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I’m still surprised it took this long.

      • ┼yree

        It’s pretty incredible. Grunge was a bitch man, so many gone from substance abuse especially from heroine.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, pretty much. The void will come for us all.

          • ┼yree

            Yeah, I just hope not from heroine. I’d be fine dying with a beer in my hand though.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Eh, if I make it past age 70 I have no problem with developing a hard drug habit by that point.

          • ┼yree
          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Seriously. I’ll probably be in some kind of nursing home at that point. My back will feel like a hot knife is being stuck in it.

          • ┼yree

            Gah, I had a uncle who committed suicide because of back pain. That shit is no joke.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I was hit by a cab back in 2008, fractured my tailbone. I can take percs, aleve, and herb all at the same time and still feel pain in my lower back.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Sad to hear. I had a brief stint with back pain awhile back and it was pure hell.

        • more beer

          But none of them knew their limitations. The body can only take so much abuse.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’m guessing Layne Staley didn’t care so much about his limitations. He wasn’t trying to be a party animal.

          • ┼yree

            I’d image a heroine party would not be a very lively party.

          • more beer

            Being in a room full of people who are nodding out isn’t exactly lively

          • ┼yree

            Thought of the Wire, then I thought of Bubble’s Depo and chuckled.

            http://carstatement.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/bubbles-depo.jpg

          • more beer

            Hahaha!!!!

          • Stanley

            So many great characters in this show. Bubbles is right at the top (along with Omar, of course).

          • ┼yree

            I can’t argue with that.

          • Stanley

            That McNulty guy sucks though.

          • Cosigned

          • Stanley

            Ha ha!

          • 1. Stringer
            2. Bubbles
            3. Omar

            1239018209381. Those fucks from the shipping yard

          • Stanley

            Wot no Bunk?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Even pain killers aren’t exactly social drugs.

          • more beer

            No they really aren’t. They tend to lead to being a heroin addict. But it is still way different than sticking a spike in your arm.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Just a few percs here and there for me thanks.

          • more beer

            Yea but if you live but the needle you die by the needle. I don’t typically have a lot sympathy for people who go out this way. As they make a conscious decision to do these things.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Sometimes it is, and sometimes it’s mental illness talking.

          • more beer

            Mentally ill or not. Sticking a needle in your arm is a conscious decision. It is not like smoking a bowl or drinking a beer. It isn’t like you don’t know it can end badly. No matter what your mental status is.

          • Vladimir Poutine

            True, and like you say, he carries responsibility for his actions just like anyone else does for their own. But I think it’s also worth pointing out that the decision-making process is different between an addict and a non-addict, so you don’t weigh risk-vs-reward when addicted the same way you do when sober.

          • more beer

            I understand that. But when he wasn’t an addict and started using is where the bad choices began.

          • Vladimir Poutine

            That’s a fair point.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I just couldn’t imagine dealing with that much pressure day after day.

          • more beer

            The pressure of being dope sick? It is all self inflicted. The only real pressure I see there is the connect is out of dope and finding the cash for the connect. But once again this is the individuals own fault.

          • ┼yree

            Best to just not start in the first place. It will save the individual a lot of horrible problems.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            The pressure of fame. The pressure of fans and the press demanding a piece of your time day in and day out. The pressure of having to come up new music on schedule. I’m not talking about some poor unknown junkie on the street. I’m taking about Scott Weiland.

          • more beer

            He chose that life. No one told him he had to be the front man in a band. When you make a choice like that. You have to live with the consequences. He also probably had it better than most street junkies as he could afford his habit. He didn’t have scam everyday to pay for it like most of them do.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            One last point and then I’m done. The members of the band didn’t just have to be concerned with themselves. Any band at that level has a ton of people who work for them. If the band isn’t making money, those people have to find other work. That’s yet another subset of bullshit that comes from being famous.
            Just wanted to get that out there. I’m done.

          • more beer

            Just like any other business.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yep, that’s why The Grateful Dead had to keep going despite Jerry’s horrible health. They just had way too many people depending on them.

          • brokensnow

            ….didnt want a day job…

          • ┼yree

            All this heroine talk has got me thinking of Anal Cunt. I heard that a member of A.C. is working with Antichrist Kramer on his new UNpolitically correct Intolitarian album which is supposed to be released through Hells Headbangers next year. It’s also supposed to include members from Deathspell Omega and Disma/Incantation. Should be a colorful and positive release.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Maybe Josh? Haven’t heard anything about him in a while and he’s not someone I talk to.

          • ┼yree

            It could very well be, other members are from Deathspell Omega and Incantation/Disma which makes me think Mikko Aspa and Craig Pillard. These are just the kind of goons Antichrist Kramer is after. No names confirmed though. Seth wore one of Antichrist Kramer’s Deathangle shirts once live though. So they must have been good pals.

            http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/rareoopkult/SETH%20PUTNAM%20in%20DEATHKEY%20and%20INTOLITARIAN%20shirt_zpsrlds1c2z.jpg

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Next time I talk to my buddy in Lowell, I’ll ask about this. If anybody knows, he will.

          • ┼yree

            Cool! I am quite curious about this.

        • nbm02ss

          It was always amazing to me that the Melvins, the band that pretty much started it all, never fucked around with drugs like everyone else in that scene seemed to.

          • ┼yree

            Good point, that reminds me. That tour with The Melvins and Napalm Death looks rad as fuck!

          • nbm02ss

            Just got my ticket for that ish.

          • brokensnow

            im goin for melt nana

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, no shit. Been going since 1983 and shit.

          • Boss the Ross

            Because their smart and saw what was happening.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Same with The Pixies. More than sure King Buzzo smokes like a broke stove though, and probably takes shrooms and acid here and there.

      • more beer

        I was just gonna say that.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      That much fame and that much pressure that quickly. That’s how the hard stuff enters the picture.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-p_LsDsz_M

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Yep! I thought he was going to simply linger on forever, though, a la Keith Richards.

  • Maik Beninton™

    Plush remains a favourite from when I used to play GTA: San Andreas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5UOC0C0x8Q

    • RustyShackleford

      Hell Yeah! I used to steal the plane and fly around just listening to the soundtrack. This song is killer.

      • Maik Beninton™

        It fits so perfect.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Grove St 4 Life!!!

    • RustyShackleford
  • nbm02ss

    Anytime someone from that 90s grunge era passes it stings a bit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVD0JVnsXXw

  • RustyShackleford

    Damn, sad. Poor guy battled his demons for his whole life it seems. I remember an interview with Slash where he said that, when things were going well, he thought Velvet Revolver was the best band he’d ever been in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JhsUFuqbCM

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Soundtrack to many parties back in those days, lots of driving around smoking spliffs with those tunes in the background as well. Good times. R.I.P.

    • more beer

      10 to 1 it was a heroin overdose.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I hit the city and I lost my band
        I watched the needle take another man
        Gone, gone, the damage done.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi2XCsPKlY8

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
        • more beer

          The metal TMZ reported he was smoking a lot of crack recently. That can cause heart failure.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Lol, TMZ said he died because his heart stopped beating, and everyone’s ripping on them for that. Everyone’s heart stops beating when they die!

          • more beer

            Yea a flat line typically what happens when you die. No matter what the cause of death is.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            The brainiacs at TMZ apparently aren’t aware of that. TMZ’s editorial staff hard at work:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no_elVGGgW8

          • more beer

            It is TMZ not exactly Pulitzer Prize wining reporting going on there.

  • tigeraid

    The annoying repetitiveness of STP on the radio these days dampens the enthusiasm I used to feel for them. But when I was growing up STP was *the* band in high school, alongside Soundgarden. Made some pretty groundbreaking shit in the 90s.

  • Anyone notice that when someone passes away, news reports always say ” so and so is dead or has died”. I find that phrasing disrespectful to the deceased. Always enjoyed this STP song however.
    http://youtu.be/MdCEPhNBnrM

    • Stanley

      That’s interesting. I actually like the straight talk. It’s all the euphemisms I don’t care for.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      I don’t think the dead will get too offended

      • Count_Breznak

        As the great General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett once said:

        “It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m
        rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s
        actually nothing more… than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has
        no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a
        phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.”

        • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

          Lol, Stephen Fry is a god amongst mortal men!

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
  • COAL ROLL

    He’s Finally Smelling Like that Rose

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Probably not. More like rotting flesh, week old bologna and crack farts.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    I’ll take the pressure of being rich anytime, but the pressure of being famous? People demanding a piece of your time day in and day out, and it never, ever stops? Fuck that with the rustiest chainsaw available.

    • I just want to be filthy fuckin’ rich and devastatingly handsome. Is that really too much to ask?

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Apparently yes.

      • Easy.

        Come to Venezuela.

        Bring dollars, stay swollen blonde beardy gringo. You will have mountains of chicks and with the exchange rates going high every day you will be a landlord.

        And no, I’m not being ironic.

      • Easy.

        Come to Venezuela.

        Bring dollars, stay swollen blonde beardy gringo. You will have mountains of chicks and with the exchange rates going high every day you will be a landlord.

        And no, I’m not being ironic.

        • I fear malandros would rightfully exact vengeance upon me for being an Imperial bastard.

          • You can chat with them and negotiate. If you cooperate, you can even be a pana of them.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I don’t wanna be a Venezuelan gangsta.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Aren’t you one already?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’m an Irish gangsta keeping it real in hipster heaven.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            KJM has three letters
            IRA has three lettes
            It all makes
            Sense

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            KABOOM

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          #GETMONEY #YOLO #420BLAZEIT #BANGARANG

          • BobLoblaw

            ..

      • CyberneticOrganism
      • You have the second part covered. Wait, were you baiting me?

    • more beer

      If you seek that out in life. It comes with the territory. No one makes anyone choose that type of life except yourself.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I think we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I honestly don’t think any of us can know how we would cope with that type of pressure until we find ourselves in the middle of it.

        • more beer

          Fair enough.

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Eh, there’s plenty of celebs who actually have quite a bit of private life/space. Dave Letterman, Julian Moore, JD Salinger, Harrison Ford, Rick Moranis, etc. are/were all notoriously reclusive.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I don’t even want to be bothered going through that much trouble. I’m perfectly happy with almost no one knowing who I am.

  • Hope you found where the river goes, Scott.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    On another subject, when will the Festivus revelries begin?

  • more beer

    Melvin Williams the guy who played the Reverend on The Wire and the guy who Avon Barksdales character was modeled after also passed away yesterday.

  • sweetooth0

    This video seems very relevant:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9huWlXFA1s

  • Eliza

    It’s always sad when the world loses a great musician. However, I find it annoying when somebody passes away and then people who didn’t even heard of that person before start to “mourn” the loss.

  • Sucks! STP hold a special place in my heart. Time to spin some Purple.

  • Scrimm

    Despise the music, regardless this is unfortunate. Way too young and likely for really stupid reasons. Shame.

  • Guppusmaximus

    STP definitely made music that I enjoyed thoroughly, but, while Weiland may have been a great singer, I don’t think he’s what separated them from the rest of the 90s alt-bands. The DeLeo brothers with Kretz on the kit were the ones that really made the music worth listening to. Weiland had his moments but, imho, he was only good when he had a strong foundation {see Velvet Revolver}. Don’t get me wrong…He was a damn good singer when he was sober and it’s a shame that those drugs took his life. Just my opinion…

  • Waynecro

    On a happier note, The Shape of Colour by Intervals is really fucking good.

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns