The news that Scott Weiland passed away took my breath away this morning. I knew he had struggled with drugs for years but stories about him had been, largely, quiet and I assumed that things were going well. Unfortunately, a Facebook post late last night reported that the frontman had died during a tour stop in Minnesota with his new band, the Wildabouts. It is important to note that the cause of death has not been announced or fully determined but, according to sources, the 48-year-old died in his sleep.
Stone Temple Pilots
Back in the 1990s, he was the perfect lead singer for a grunge band. He sort of growled when he sang, his hair was dyed a strange red color and he did cool and strange things to push the limits while entertaining his audience. Songs like “Lady Picture Show” and “Big Bang Baby” have stuck with fans (like me!) over the years and he definitely has a place in musical history due to his influence during a pivotal era. In 2013, he was kicked out of the band for “destructive behavior” (according to his bandmates’ attorney).
Velvet Revolver and Wildabouts
For a number of years, Weiland took a break from Stone Temple Pilots and performed with Velvet Revolver, a band made up of members from other successful bands including Slash from Guns ‘n’ Roses. Despite their success and a tour with Alice in Chains, Weiland returned to STP. In 2012, they all reunited one last time to perform at a benefit concert.
After things failed to work out with either band, Weiland branched out on his own and created his solo group, the Wildabouts. Their “Purple at the Core” tour began in March 2013 and their debut album, Blaster, followed, almost exactly two years later.
After a failed marriage to Janina Castaneda (1994-2000), Weiland married model, Mary Forsberg, on May 20, 2000. A year later, the pair nearly divorced after he was arrested on domestic violence charges after shoving her. Following their divorced, Forsberg penned the 2009 memoir, Fall to Pieces, in which she claims that the pair once went to rehab together in a limousine. The couple have two children, Noah (born in 2000) and Lucy (born in 2002).
Weiland was reportedly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had a long history of drug abuse that began during his teen years. In the mid 1990s, he was convicted of being crack cocaine and by 2007, he was arrested and charged with a DUI. The following year, he checked into rehab but left before completing the treatment program.
In addition to his children, Weiland leaves behind a widow, Jamie Wachtel, whom he married on June 22, 2013