Troubled STP vocalist found dead on tour bus
SCOTT Weiland, the singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver who spent much of his life battling substance abuse, has died at 48.
Weiland, on tour with his group Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota, as TMZ first reported and the Los Angeles Times confirmed with his wife. The cause of his death was not immediately known.
Much of the world learned of Weiland’s demise from guitarist Dave Navarro, who tweeted the news. A message confirming his death also appeared on his Instagram and Facebook pages.
A Toronto man who photographed Weiland’s show in the city earlier this week says “something seemed off” with the singer.
Jerry Abramowicz says while Weiland put on a great performance at Adelaide Hall on Tuesday and seemed healthy and sober, “he did not look happy” offstage.
Abramowicz, whose photography can be seen in the liner notes of the band’s latest CD, says Weiland didn’t seem under the influence of anything during the show in Toronto and seemed energetic, but “had a real sadness to his eyes” that shocked him.
Weiland came at fame sideways: his most renowned group, Stone Temple Pilots, was at first a Pearl Jam soundalike that many thought eventually transcended tribute-band status. But once the singer found fame on his own terms, his personal demons always made it seem he could squander it at any time. As, indeed, he sometimes did.
“We were written off as the band of disastrous dysfunction with too many personal problems to survive,” Weiland wrote in his 2011 memoir, Not Dead & Not For Sale. “Or rather, I was written off as the guy whose hopeless addictions had — and would always — ruin everything for everyone.”
Weiland was born in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1967. When his parents divorced when he was two and his mother remarried, he took his stepfather’s surname. Weiland wrote that his “new dad was a good guy whose middle name was discipline,” while his biological one was “a cool dude who drove a Pepsi truck for a living but smoked dope at night and listened to the Doors.”
The singer chose to emulate the latter. Living with his dad during the summer, he chugged his first beers in Grade 6.
Adolescence brought further troubles. Weiland was diagnosed with ADD. His mother was an alcoholic. At 12, he was raped by a high school senior.
“This was a memory I suppressed until only a few years ago when, in rehab, it came flooding back,” he wrote in 2011. “The dude raped me. It was quick, not pleasant. I was too scared to tell anyone.”
Weiland’s mother and stepfather also checked him into a mental hospital at 16, without telling him ahead of time. Two policemen and two para-