Biography and Profile of Scott Weiland

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Scott Weiland. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images.

Scott Weiland ahs been the sexy, charismatic lead singer for two successful mainstream rock bands – Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. A frontman in the mold of David Bowie or the Doors’ Jim Morrison, Weiland projected a slithering, almost androgynous magnetism that suggesting decadence and danger. He was best known for his high-profile career between his two bands and his occasional solo work.

Unfortunately, his legacy was marred by frequent legal and personal problems revolving around his struggles with drugs.

Childhood

Scott Weiland was born on October 27, 1967. Though his early years were spent in Santa Cruz, California, he moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland) at age 5. He moved to Southern California as a teenager, later befriending bassist Robert DeLeo and eventually forming Stone Temple Pilots.

Stone Temple Pilots

Scott Weiland and the rest of Stone Temple Pilots released their first album, Core, in 1992. STP were popular during the height of grunge, despite the fact that they favored glam and arena rock over punk and metal influences. The band’s five albums have sold over 35 million copies worldwide, and the group won a Grammy for their song “Plush.” The band broke up in 2003, only to reunite in 2008 for a summer and fall tour. Stone Temple Pilots released a final self-titled album with Weiland in 2010 and toured with the singer until 2012.

In 2013, STP fired Weiland and replaced him with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who left the band in 2015. 

Velvet Revolver

When the Stone Temple Pilots folded in 2003, Weiland went on to join the supergroup Velvet Revolver, a hard rock band featuring several former members of Guns N’ Roses, including guitarist Slash.

Velvet Revolver produced two albums. Their debut, 2004’s Contraband, went double-platinum, and two of its singles enjoyed gold-certified sales. But tension between Weiland and the rest of the band escalated to the point that he left the group in April 2008, although if you ask the rest of the band, he was kicked out.

Solo Career

Scott Weiland recorded four solo albums. The first, 12 Bar Blues, was released in 1998 in between Stone Temple Pilots records. Not a strong seller, 12 Bar Blues found Weiland branching out in new musical directions, like the trippy pop of “Barbarella,” which recalled David Bowie’s ‘70s hits, and “Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down,” an homage to composer Kurt Weill’s avant-garde style. On November 25, 2008, Weiland released , which again marked Weiland’s interest in exploring genres beyond hard rock. In 2011, Weiland released the Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Weiland released his final solo album, Blaster, in 2015 with his band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.

Drug Use

Scott Weiland struggled with drug addiction for years, which has caused him to be arrested on several occasions. In 1995, he was busted for buying crack cocaine, receiving a one-year probation sentence.

Two years later, he was arrested for heroin possession. At the end of 1999, he was forced to spend a year in a county-jail recovery center because of a probation violation. In November 2007, he was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and later entered rehab.

Death

Scott Weiland passed away in his sleep on his tour bus December 3rd, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. His band Scott Weiland &The Wildabouts were wrapping up their 2015 tour. Weiland was 48.

Key Songs

“Plush” (with Stone Temple Pilots) 
“Creep” (with Stone Temple Pilots) 
“Sour Girl” (with Stone Temple Pilots) 
“Slither” (with Velvet Revolver) 
“The Last Fight” (with Velvet Revolver) 

Discography

12 Bar Blues (1998)
Happy in Galoshes (2008)
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2011) [Christmas album]
Blaster (As "Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts") (2015)

Trivia

  • Weiland was a part of Camp Freddy, a just-for-fun band that includes former members of Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction and the Cult.
  • His birth name was Scott Richard Kline.
  • Weiland had his own record label called Soft Drive Records.
  • Weiland was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the late 1990s.