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One Year Later: Stone Temple Pilots Reflect On Scott Weiland’s Death


Author: Shernide Delva

It is hard to believe that over a year has gone by since the death of Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland.  December 3rd marked one year since Weiland’s passing. On that day, the remaining band members 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.”

Scott Weiland’s passing was sadly not a major surprise. The lead singer was known for equally known for his musical talent and his public battle with drug addiction. The band went through several splits due to his substance use disorder, however, when the band was functional, they were proud of the music they made together.

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.”

Weiland was found dead while on tour with his latest band The Wildabouts. His tour manager Tom Vitorino confirmed his death but did not disclose the cause. However, fans were not surprised to hear about Weiland’s death as he struggled on and off with drug addiction for decades.

Tom Vitorino’s statement after Weiland’s death read:

“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.”

Reports following Weiland’s death stated he overdosed on a mixture of cocaine, ethanol, and ecstasy.

“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.

One year later, the surviving members of Stone Temple Pilots are still searching for a new singer. Most recently, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was filling in for Stone Temple Pilot on the road.

Still, Weiland was known for his raspy vocals and energetic demeanor. It will be a difficult journey to find someone to revive the band.

The bands continue in their statement:

“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.”

After years of struggling with drug addiction, Scott Weiland’s drug use caught up with him. If you are currently struggling with drug addiction, remember the earlier you seek treatment, the higher chance you have of success in recovery.

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