Stone Temple Pilots Reflect on One-Year Anniversary of Scott Weiland's Death

By David Konow 12/06/16

"We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. It’s what made you who you were," the band said in a statement after Weiland's death.

Scott Weiland singing into a microphone.
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When Stone Temple Pilots lead singer and songwriter Scott Weiland died last year on December 3 at the age of forty-eight, it was a tragic passing in the world of rock n’ roll, but it sadly wasn’t surprising. Weiland had struggled with drug problems for many years, and he died in Minnesota while touring with his most recent band, The Wildabouts, reportedly overdosing on a mixture of cocaine, ethanol and ecstasy. (Another member of the Wildabouts, guitarist Jeremy Brown, would also die in early 2015 from multiple drug intoxication.)

On the one-year anniversary of Weiland’s death, his surviving bandmates have reflected on his passing, As Rolling Stone reports, the band posted a memorial message on their website stating, “Here we are. A year has passed since you’ve been gone. We often think of you and are reminded of you daily with many memories. Then there is the music the four of us carved out allowing us to listen and feel how brilliant you are.”

Because of Weiland’s substance abuse, Stone Temple Pilots went through several fractious splits, but when the band was functional, there was great chemistry and they were very proud of the music they made together, and it continues to hold up well. As the band continued in their remembrance, “There was a time when we looked up to one another. Each of us wanting one another’s approval. The songs we wrote had to have complete impact on us in order for them to shine. When it did…it was unearthly. Perhaps you are in a place now to better describe it. We miss you Scott.”

The surviving members of STP are still searching for a new singer in the wake of Weiland’s death. The band has struggled with trying to replace Weiland in the past, and most recently, Chester Bennington was filling in for STP on the road before returning to Linkin Park.

Weiland was clearly a singular talent, and as the band said in a statement after his death, “Thank you for sharing your life with us. Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. The memories are many, and they run deep for us. We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. It’s what made you who you were. You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse. With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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