“Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight”. Il messaggio è di Dave Navarro che annuncia la tragica fine di Scott Weiland, trovato morto nel tour bus ad Hamel nel Minnesota dove era impegnato con la sua band The Wildabouts. Le cause del decesso sono ancora ignote. 48 anni, Scott Richard Kline nasce in California a Santa Cruz, musicalmente cresce con Hank Williams ascoltato in auto con il padre, per poi passare agli amori giovanili fioriti alla Edison High School: David Bowie, John Lennon ma anche R.E.M. e poi consigliato dall’amico Corey Hickok (con il quale formerà la post-punk band Awkward Positions e successivamente i Soi-Distant) The Jam, Echo and the Bunnymen, Stiff Little Fingers e The Buzzcocks. I Soi-Distant invece si rifanno all’esordio dei Duran Duran ai Cure e agli U2. Agli inizi del 1988 (dopo aver incontrato Robert DeLeo) Weiland forma gli Swing incarnazione numero uno degli Stone Temple Pilots. Prima però (siamo nel 1990) il nome viene ancora cambiato in Mighty Joe Young. Il movimento flanellato ha già dettato le sue linee guida (da almeno sei anni) e la band raccoglie il primo successo quando l’onda è già passata. ‘Core’ è infatti pronto per essere pubblicato (produce Brendan O’Brien) ma sono costretti a cambiare nome perchè esiste un cantante blues che si chiama Mighty Joe Young. Scartato (per gioco) Shirley Temple’s Pussy viene scelto il definitivo Stone Temple Pilots. 29 settembre 1992 esce ‘Core’.
A metà ’90 da registrare la parentesi The Magnificent Bastards, nel 2002 lo split non proprio amichevole con i fratelli DeLeo mette la parola fine all’avventura. Nascono i Velvet Revolver da una costola dei GNR, dischi solisti, il ritorno negli STP, il nuovo addio, i Wildabouts e il progetto Art of Anarchy partito ad inizio 2015. Ma a far notizia sono soprattutto i suoi problemi personali. Tre matrimoni (nel 2001 è arrestato per violenza domestica), il cronico abuso di sostanze stupefacenti e i conseguenti ricoveri in riabilitazione mentre nel 2007 gli viene diagnosticato un disordine bipolare. Weiland lascia due figli (15 e 13 anni) e la moglie Jamie Wachtel sposata nel 2013.
Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.
Nella foto l’artista con un fan due giorni prima a Toronto.
UPDATE – The Hennepin County Medical Examiner di Minneapolis ha rivelato le cause della morte: “an accidental overdose of cocaine, ethanol and, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA)”.
Krist Novoselic – Really sorry to hear about Scott Weiland.
Ryan Adams – RIP Scott Weiland Universe, please take care of him
Joe Perry – Extremely saddened to have read Scott Weiland passed. Such a gifted performer. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans
Amanda Palmer – scott weiland found dead (apparently on tour bus). sad.
Zane Lowe – Oh no Scott Weiland. I am very sad. So many moments spent listening to him sing in my headphones. Thoughts be with his Family and Friends.
Juliette Lewis – Sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing. He was a once of a kind epic force onstage. thoughts are w his family
Travis Barker – Very sad news, rest in peace
Nikki Sixx – Sad to hear about Scott’s passing.I hope it wasn’t drugs.The saddest part of the story is his kids and family being left behind. RIP
Alice Cooper – Deeply saddened by the passing of singer #ScottWeiland. What a voice we’ve lost. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Filter – Our condolences to the family, friends & fans of
#ScottWeiland. May he rest in peace.
Tommy Lee – Scott Weiland was just found dead on his tour bus :(. Very sad
Slash – Sad day. RIP Scott Weiland
Billy Idol – Scott Weiland was a great guy super talented..I played on shows with STP & Velvet Revolver & he owned the stage! RIP
Heart – We have been running in Scott’s circles off and on for many years. It’s so very sad to us that such a crazy talented artist may have lost to the insidious demon addiction. His battles were numerous with a few victories along the way. Such crushing a waste that he could not reach his 50th year victorious and alive making more great music.
Mark Lanegan – RIP Scott Weiland. Sad
Anton Newcombe – … Too old to die young mother fucker. R.I.P. (hope my mate wasn’t rolling with them & dealing with that mess)
Pavement – Rest peacefully Scott Weiland. In no way shape or form did we ever want to add to your misery
Billy Corgan – Having just woken to the news of this passing, I feel compelled to put pen to paper and pay my respects to Scott. And in that I will not pretend to know more than I know, or add some sad homily to how he loved his life. At least in that, may I now say he is undoubtably in the arms of grace and eternal love. May I also offer my humble condolences to his family, friends, and band mates; who have, and are, suffering this great loss. For when anyone as vaunted leaves far too soon, we mourn all that might have been. As any fan, I find myself reflecting on what I do have in my own treasure chest: in scarce moments where Scott and I spoke as contemporaries or competitors, and got to know each as people other past the footlights and shadows we were so busy casting to the world. It may seem trite in reflection, but I’d try to make him giggle when I saw that the manic whirl of the dumb parties we were at (in Hollywood, no less!) might be causing undue stress. It was, I’d guess you’d say, my way of apology for having been so critical of STP when they appeared on the scene like some crazy, man-fueled rocket. And not only was the knight up front freshly handsome to a fault, but he could sing too! As any supreme actor gives a real and different voice to each character played. It was STP’s 3rd album that had got me hooked, a wizardly mix of glam and post-punk, and I confessed to Scott, as well as the band many times, how wrong I’d been in assessing their native brilliance. And like Bowie can and does, it was Scott’s phrasing that pushed his music into a unique, and hard to pin down, aesthetic sonicsphere. Lastly, I’d like to share a thought which though clumsy, I hope would please Scott In Hominum. And that is if you asked me who I truly believed were the great voices of our generation, I’d say it were he, Layne [Staley], and Kurt [Cobain]. So it goes beyond tragedy to say it is we who lost them, and not the other way round…
We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt. Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day. It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.
Rest In Peace Scott
Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave
Stone Temple Pilots
Let us start by saying 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.
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert, Eric, Dean
Dave Kushner – I love this pic. It was from the photo shoot we did for our first record. It hangs on the wall of my house to always remember when things were at their best. My life was changed forever then, and is changed once again today. Thank you God for my life and thank you Scott Weiland for being a huge part of my life. Fly on SW
Chester Bennington – I am so sad, angry, heart broken… I hate today.
Tom Morello – RIP Scott Weiland. May you be at peace and thank you for your music, Scott.
Art of Anarchy – We are deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Weiland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and fans at this tragic time
Courtney Love – My deepest condolences to such amazing talent and friend