Another rock legend lost: Scott Weiland (48), of Stone Temple Pilots fame, was found unresponsive on his tour bus last night. According to TMZ, Weiland died Thursday night from cardiac arrest around 9:00 p.m. EST before his Wildabouts show in Hamel, Minnesota.
Earlier this year, Filter's frontman Richard Patrick blamed Weiland's audience for being his "biggest enabler" in an interview with Loudwire.
“[The fans are] just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of [what is going on] behind the scenes. And it’s actually … they’re pushing him into his death, because they’re making him believe that, ‘Whatever I did is acceptable, and I can be as high as I want and I can do as much drugs as I want.'”
Patrick added: “[Some STP fans say], ‘He’s a badass rock and roll star. You can’t have STP without Scott Weiland.’ Okay, well, you’re gonna get what you want — he’ll be a rock star legend that died in a hotel room with a needle sticking out of his arm, and it will not be a cool thing and it will be sad and his kids will be traumatized. It’s bizarre that the biggest enabler for Scott is the audience … at least [as] of a couple of years ago. I don’t know what it’s like now.”
Despite Patrick's comments, Weiland assured fans he was sober and often bashed the media for reporting otherwise. We're certain "RIP Scott Weiland: Rocker, lyricist and self-described 'tenacious drug addict' dies" is the last thing Weiland would have wanted his LA Times obit to be titled.
Weiland led a tumultuous life and had a difficult career with STP. In 2013, Weiland was sued by his former band for use of the STP name. "To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt," Weiland posted on his website in response to the news.
"How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?" Weiland's countersuit complaint read. "You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots' (the 'Band') tried."
Earlier this year, Weiland told LA Weekly that he didn't think about STP. "The only time [the band] enters my mind is when I get a check,” he said. However, in past interviews, Weiland seemed hopeful that his STP band mates would be open to a reunion tour.
In our own small way, we're going to celebrate Weiland's life by listening to songs he wrote (many of which shaped our youth) and reminisce about a skinny badass with a megaphone who had a hand in creating some of the best alt rock our ears have EVER known. RIP Weiland.
Quotation above via loudwire.com.