Scott Weiland rocked til the end! Even though the critics kept tearing Scott Weiland down for being washed up and high, the artist inside did not seem to acknowledge this or care what they said. After seeing Weiland perform twice in the past 6 months and following him online, we thought Weiland was becoming stronger every time he stepped back on stage. Then came the message on Weiland’s official Facebook page saying he had died December 3, 2015 in Bloomington, Minn. while on a tour stop with his latest band; Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts. Many of the great artists with this type of talent died by 27 and no one seemed to understand this 48 year old rockstar still had something to say through his art. The art of releasing those emotions is what this is all about, Scott still loved to write music until his last days. The roar of the crowd, while waiting for the rockstar locked up in a so called green room, which is probably dirty with writing all over the walls from so many bands coming through these large and small venues. The cramped tour bus full of people who do not understand the stress placed on the front man who is expected to sing the music like the studio album the artist produced twenty years ago. The heart starts to beat faster and feeling the energy from fans, anticipating the show, ready to be entertained like never before. This is kind of scary when you think about how hard it is to do things as good as you did them many years ago. Yes, Weiland spent time in jail and rehab for his battles with drugs, which is why everyone says he was a burn out and washed up. Weiland did not sound as good as he did twenty years ago, but neither did the other famous artists his age we heard perform over the past three plus years. Age is a factor when it comes to singing and the media is tougher than ever since anyone can start a website or Facebook page to rant and give their opinion. As Scott walked onto the stage at the Boathouse in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on May 13, 2015, the crowd roared like always for the legend and I bet every fan who saw him is glad they did not miss this show. His artistry wasn’t just his lyrics and music but his performance. It was the way he commanded the stage, not just anyone can do that. Thank you Mr. Weiland for the art and the memories, you will be missed!
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: Scott Weiland will always be known as the former front man for the successful rock band Stone Temple Pilots, so lets go through the fast past track. In 1986 Weiland met bassist Robert DeLeo at a Black Flag concert in Long Beach, California. Childhood friends Corey Hicock and David Allin rounded out the group in the beginning. In 1992 STP released their first album ‘ Core’. In 1994 STP released their second record ‘Purple.’ In 1995 Weiland formed the alternative rock band The Magnificent Bastards and rejoined Stone Temple Pilots in the fall of 1995. Weiland released a solo album in 1998 called 12 Bar Blues. In 1999 STP regrouped once again and released album No. 4. In November 2000Weiland was invited to perform on the show VH1 Storytellers with the surviving members of The Doors. On June 19, 2001 STP released its fifth album ‘Shangri-La Dee Da.’ That same year the band headlined the Family Values Tour along with Linkin Park and Staind. In late 2002 the band broke up with the DeLeo brothers and Weiland having significant altercations back stage. In 2002 former Guns N’ Roses members; guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum as well as former Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner were looking for a singer to help form a new band. Velvet Revolver’s debut album Contraband was released in June 2004 to much success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In 2006 Weiland launched his own record label Softdrive Records. In 2008 STP announced a 73-date U.S. tour on April 7 and performed together for the first time since 2002. The reunion tour kicked off at the Rock on the Range festival on May 17, 2008. On January 21, 2009 Weiland announced the launch of his clothing line, Weiland for English Laundry, in partnership with designer Christopher Wicks. STP’s reunion tour was a success, and the band continued to tour throughout 2009 and began recording its sixth studio album. STP’s first album since 2001. On November 25, 2008 Weiland released his second solo album, “Happy” in Galoshes. On August 30, 2011 Weiland released a covers album. A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs exclusively through his website. The album was originally to be released along with Scott’s autobiography which ended up being a New York Times Top 10 Best Seller. On October 4, 2011 Weiland released The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. In a November 2012 Weiland said he foresaw 2013 being a busy year for him and The Wildabouts, they entered the studio for a new album. In June 2014 Weiland revealed that his debut album with his new band The Wildabout titled ‘Blaster’ released on March 31, 2015. 3dotmag.com was able to interview and see Scott Weiland perform live at the 2015 Carolina Rebellion in Concord, North Carolina on May 2, 2015 and a week later at the Boathouse in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on May 13, 2015. Written by Donald Perry and Photos of Scott Weiland in Myrtle Beach were taken by his wife, Jamie Weiland for 3dotmag.com.
*Biography information collected from the web
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