Scott Weiland
American musician
Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland is an American musician, lyricist, and vocalist, most notable for his work with Grammy Award-winning rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland is also known for his five-year career with supergroup Velvet Revolver as well as his own solo career. His onstage persona is known as being flamboyant and chaotic; he is also known for constantly changing his appearance and vocal style, as well as his use of a megaphone in concert for vocal effect.
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Art, Love, Rock & Roll: Weiland Fans Create Portrait with His Words
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Scott Weiland fans paid tribute to the fallen rock star at an interactive tribute event held at MIST Harlem on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The event revolved around an art exhibition which included a 40"x50" oil portrait of Weiland painted in 2014. It additionally featured music video presentations, a sing-along, and a live art happening in which guests and fans from around the world contributed their favorite lyrics to another portrait-in-progress. This one, at 4x6 feet, is even more monumental than the first. Since emerging as the front man of Stone Temple Pilots in 1992, Scott Weiland's wide-ranging vocal and lyrical stylings have belted brooding and melodic tales over some of the hardest rock riffs of the era. As a solo artist, he applied his gifts to trippy, experimental and even pop compositions. And, as frontman of Velvet Revolver, he kicked it up to extreme notches with lyrics that bled, kicked and raved on top of music that tolerated nothing less. For more than two decade ...
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How Rock Remembers Scott Weiland Starts Now: NYC Tribute Event
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It was 2014 when I awakened to the realization that Scott Weiland had been making great music for more than three decades (my entire adult life!), that he was still alive and, arguably, still relevant. I had fallen off his trail for a number of years, so I dedicated some time to catching up on his solo projects, interviews, and various other creative and professional undertakings. In the face of highly-publicized bouts with substance abuse, law enforcement and marital problems, my conclusion was that there had been no break in his productivity - not even a hiccup. The result of my research yielded a 40"x50" oil painting that I dreamt he, and an audience of his fans, would one day enjoy. That painting - A Life in Rock & Roll (Portrait of Scott Weiland) remains on view at MIST Harlem, where it was when Weiland lost his life last month at age 48. Art should bring you closer to understanding something that you didn't before. That is the mantra that drives my creative work. It is ...
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Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 review
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Time and again, Definitive Technology has proven its prowess for packing serious power into packages both small and stylish. That includes excellent efforts like the Solo Cinema Studio sound bar, which matches sleek, minimalist styling with brawny, yet elegant performance. The company’s latest effort, the 3.1-channel W Studio Micro, may just be its most ambitious piece yet in the mighty mouse set. Building on the success of the Solo Cinema and others in the Def Tech family, the Micro condenses the package into a silver-brushed bar that stands less than two inches tall. Packing DTS Play-Fi technology, the Micro can stand on its own as your audio centerpiece or be incorporated into a full-fledged multi-room sound system or surround system.  While it isn’t without a few limitations, this system is proof positive you can get plenty of vigor and precision from a pint-sized bar. Out of the box Opening the W Studio Micro’s L-shaped box reveals a whole lot of foam and packaging, eventually giv ...
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#inthegridmusic: 12.30.15
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Hi all! Before you read on, I want to remind you that my Twitter username and Instagram name have changed! Good thing is that they are both the same so they won't be hard to forget - @byingridvasquez Now ... 12.30.15 #SongBlogIV (my song of the day): "Roses and Violets" by Alexander Jean If you don't think you've ever heard of Alexander Jean, YOU ARE WRONG. Whether it's through dance, music or TV, the artistry of Alexander Jean, made up of Mark Ballas and BC Jean, has already been introduced to you. | @_AlexanderJean_ BC Jean is singer, songwriter who has been around music from an early age. Her grandparents were in television variety shows fron the 50s and her parents did music as a hobby and her mother worked as a talent manager. Having released solo music on her own: BC has proven that she is both a talented vocalist and performer. I'd categorize her somewhere in between Pink and Alanis Morissette. She has the looks of your next Top 40 diva but she has ...
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Medical examiner: Scott Weiland died from toxic mix of drugs - Miami Herald
Google News - about 1 year
Newsweek Medical examiner: Scott Weiland died from toxic mix of drugs Miami Herald Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died of a toxic mix of drugs that included cocaine, according to a medical examiner's office in Minnesota where he was found dead on his tour bus in early December. The Hennepin County Medical ... Scott Weiland's Death Caused By Overdose From Cocaine, Ecstasy & AlcoholLAist Scott Weiland's Cause of Death RevealedAceShowbiz Accidental Overdose Killed Scott Weiland, Officials SayFOX40 Entertainment Weekly all 534 news articles »
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Scott Weiland died of a drug overdose
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Scott Weiland’s demons got the best of him.
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Scott Weiland Died From Toxic Mix Of Drugs, According To Medical Examiner
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland died from a toxic mix of cocaine, ethanol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), according to a report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.  The medical examiner also said they took into account Weiland's "atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, history of asthma and multi-substance dependence."  The 48-year-old was found dead on his tour bus Dec. 3 in Bloomington, Minnesota while touring with his band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. TMZ obtained a copy of the search warrant from Bloomington police officers, which reportedly showed that two bags of cocaine, sleeping pills, opiates, Viagra, a generic form of Xanax and Ziprasidone, which can treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, were found on the tour bus. According to The New York Times, Weiland said in interviews he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  Weiland was best known as the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. After his death, Ston ...
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Remembering Scott Weiland
CNN - about 1 year
Tributes poured in quickly Friday after news broke that Scott Weiland had died.
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Scott Weiland's family pens candid letter: 'Don't glorify this tragedy'
LATimes - about 1 year
As Scott Weiland’s final days are being pieced together, his ex-wife, Mary Forsberg Weiland, penned an open letter for Rolling Stone with help from the two teenage children -- Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13 -- she had with the performer. With eulogies continuing to arrive in the wake of Weiland’s death,...
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    A small funeral for Weiland was held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on December 11, 2015, in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Members of both Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver attended. Chris Kushner, the wife of Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, wrote on her Instagram page following the funeral "A very sad day when (you) bury a friend. He was a good man. Don't believe everything (you) read. Remember, we were all there." Mary Forsberg and the two children were not in attendance, later having a private ceremony in honor of Weiland. In the wake of Weiland's death, several other artists paid tribute to the singer by covering Stone Temple Pilots tunes in concert, including Life of Agony, Saint Asonia, Candlebox, Halestorm, and Pop Evil, among others, while Chris Cornell dedicated a performance of "Say Hello 2 Heaven" by Temple of the Dog to the singer. On the Smashing Pumpkins' website, Billy Corgan praised Weiland, saying "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, and Kurt."
    Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on December 3, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota, before he and his band The Wildabouts were scheduled to go on stage.
    More Details Hide Details He was 48. Police searched Weiland's tour bus and confirmed there were small amounts of cocaine in the bedroom where Weiland was discovered dead. Police also found prescription drugs including Xanax, Buprenorphine, Ziprasidone, Viagra, and sleeping pills on the tour bus. Additionally, two bags of cocaine were found and a bag of a green leafy substance. Tommy Black, bassist for The Wildabouts, was arrested by police on suspicion of possession of cocaine, although the charges against him were later dropped. Despite the discovery of drugs, no underlying cause of death was immediately given, although the medical examiner later determined it to be an accidental overdose of cocaine, ethanol, and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA); the examiner's office also noted his atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, history of asthma, and prolonged substance abuse in its report. News of Weiland's death quickly spread throughout the internet with many of his fellow musical peers, including his former band members along with fans and music critics throughout the world sharing their condolences, tributes and memories. A day following his death, his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots issued a statement saying that he was "gifted beyond words" but acknowledged his struggle with substance abuse, calling it "part of his curse". Weiland's ex-wife Mary Forsberg, released an open letter about her ex-husband, his addictions and not being a good father to their children. Forsberg said, "I won't say he can rest now, or that he's in a better place.
    In June 2015, Weiland claimed that he had been off drugs for 13 years.
    More Details Hide Details His response was directed towards comments made by Filter's Richard Patrick, who claimed Weiland was using drugs and even his fans were pushing him closer to death saying "the fans are just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of what is going on behind the scenes and it’s actually they’re pushing him into his death, because they’re making him believe that whatever I did is acceptable, and I can be as high as I want and I can do as much drugs as I want." Weiland's tour manager for The Wildabouts, Aaron Mohler, disclosed after Scott's death "A lot of times I've seen Scott do coke so he could drink more." Shortly after his death, Jamie Weiland, Scott's third wife, acknowledged that her husband was drinking heavily before he left on his band's last tour, but that he promised her that he would "get it together". She accompanied him on the tour for a week in November and said that Scott was "just killing it" onstage, "every night taking it up a notch."
    In April 2015, footage from a show appeared online leaving fans to question the health of Weiland, who appeared in the video to be zoned out and giving a bizarre performance.
    More Details Hide Details A representative for Weiland responded stating that lack of sleep, several drinks and a faulty earpiece were to blame, not drugs.
    In January 2015, Weiland was announced as the singer of a new band, along with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, John Moyer, Jon Votta and Vince Votta entitled Art of Anarchy, with an album set to be released in spring 2015.
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  • 2014
    In June 2014, in an interview with San Diego radio station KBZT, Weiland revealed that his debut album with The Wildabouts, titled Blaster, would be released in November 2014.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was pushed back and eventually released on March 31, 2015. Guitarist Jeremy Brown died one day before the album's release. The cause of death was determined to be multiple drug intoxication, with coronary atherosclerosis and cardiomegaly being significant contributing factors. Nick Maybury was announced as Brown's replacement in April 2015.
  • 2013
    Weiland and Wachtel married on June 22, 2013, at their Los Angeles home.
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, Weiland was convicted of buying crack cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of probation. His drug use did not end after his sentence, but increased, and he moved into a hotel room for two months, next door to Courtney Love, where she said he "shot drugs the whole time" with her. Weiland revealed in 2001 he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In a 2005 interview with Esquire, Weiland said that while performing in his first bands as a teenager, his drinking "escalated" and he began using cocaine for the first time, which he referred to as a "sexual" experience. In December 2007, Weiland was arrested and charged with DUI, his first arrest in over four years (since October 27, 2003). On February 7, 2008, Weiland checked into rehab and left in early March.
  • 2012
    In a November 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Weiland revealed that he was engaged to photographer Jamie Wachtel whom he met during the 2011 filming of his music video for the song, "I'll Be Home for Christmas".
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  • 2011
    Scott Weiland's autobiography, Not Dead & Not for Sale, co-written with David Ritz, was released May 17, 2011.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Mary Forsberg Weiland's autobiography "Fall to Pieces" was co-written with Larkin Warren and released in 2009.
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  • 2008
    Weiland dated actress Paz de la Huerta from mid-2008 to early 2009.
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    Weiland's second solo album, 2008's "Happy" in Galoshes, featured a wide variety of musical genres, such as bossa nova, country, neo-psychedelia and indie rock.
    More Details Hide Details Weiland's 2011 solo effort, the Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year consisted entirely of Christmas music in a crooning style similar to that of David Bowie and Frank Sinatra, as well as some reggae and bossa nova.
    On December 19, 2008 Weiland signed a publishing deal with Bug Music, allowing Weiland to "receive funding to pursue the development of creative projects and writers for Bug Music through his co-founded label, Softdrive Records."
    More Details Hide Details The deal includes Weiland's share of the Stone Temple Pilots catalog and future solo projects. On January 21, 2009 Weiland announced the launch of his clothing line, Weiland for English Laundry, in partnership with designer Christopher Wicks. Weiland's vocal and musical style proved to be versatile, evolving constantly throughout his career. At the peak of Stone Temple Pilots' success in the early to mid-1990s, Weiland displayed a deep, baritone vocal style that was initially closely compared to that of Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder. However, as STP continued to branch out throughout its career, so did Weiland's vocal style. The band's third album, Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, had Weiland singing in a much higher, raspier tone to complement the band's more 60's rock-influenced sound on that album. Later albums showcased Weiland's influences ranging from bossa nova on Shangri-La Dee Da to blues rock and classic rock on the band's 2010 self-titled album.
    On November 25, 2008, Weiland released his second solo album, "Happy" in Galoshes, produced by Weiland and songwriting-producing partner Doug Grean.
    More Details Hide Details Weiland went on tour in early 2009 to promote the album. On August 30, 2011, Weiland released a covers album, A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs, exclusively through his website. The album was originally to be released along with Scott's autobiography until he decided to release it separately, stating, "it actually turned out so well that we're going to release a single and put it out on its own, 'cause I think it's it's sort of my Pin Ups, I guess you'd say." On October 4, 2011, Weiland released The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, an album consisting entirely of Christmas music. Weiland supported the album with a club tour in the United States. Two promotional recordings were taken from the album, a cover versions of "Winter Wonderland" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," with their respective music videos.
    On March 20, 2008 Weiland revealed at Velvet Revolver's show in Glasgow that this would be the band's final tour.
    More Details Hide Details After several flares on their personal blogs and in interviews, on April 1 it was announced by a number of media outlets that Weiland would no longer be in Velvet Revolver. In 2008, Stone Temple Pilots announced a 73-date U.S. tour on April 7 and performed together for the first time since 2002. The reunion tour kicked off at the Rock on the Range festival on May 17, 2008. According to Dean DeLeo, steps toward a Stone Temple Pilots reunion started with a simple phone call from Weiland's wife. She invited the DeLeo brothers to play at a private beach party, which led to the reconciliation of Weiland and the DeLeo brothers. However, Weiland said in a 2010 radio interview to promote the band's self-titled release that the reunion was the result of Dean calling him and asking if he'd be interested in reuniting the band to headline the Coachella Festival.
  • 2007
    Weiland's younger brother Michael died of cardiomyopathy in early 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The Velvet Revolver songs "For a Brother" and "Pills, Demons, & Etc" from the album Libertad are about Michael. Weiland said in an interview with MTV News in November 2008 that several songs on "Happy" in Galoshes were inspired by the death of his brother and his separation from Mary Forsberg. In the same article, MTV News reported that Weiland had not done heroin since December 5, 2002. Weiland also admitted that he went through "a very short binge with coke" in late 2007.
    In 2007 Dean DeLeo discussed with Weiland an offer from a concert promoter to headline several summer festivals.
    More Details Hide Details Weiland accepted and said he had cleared the brief tour with his Velvet Revolver bandmates. He explained, "everything was cool. Then it wasn't", and said the rest of the band stopped talking to him.
  • 2005
    On 2 July 2005, Weiland and Velvet Revolver performed at Live 8 in London, United Kingdom; in which Weiland was condemned for using strong language before the UK watershed during the performance.
    More Details Hide Details Velvet Revolver released their second album, Libertad, on July 3, 2007, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200. The album's first single "She Builds Quick Machines" peaked at 74 on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles. The second and third singles, "The Last Fight" and "Get Out the Door", both peaked at number 16 and 34 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, respectively. Critical reception to the album was mixed. Though some critics praised the album and felt that Libertad gave the band an identity of their own, outside of the Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots comparisons, others described the album as "bland" and noted that the band seem to be "playing to their strengths instead of finding a collective sound."
    At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Weiland (along with the rest of Velvet Revolver) performed the Beatles song "Across the Universe" along with Bono, Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler, Billie Joe Armstrong, Alison Krauss and Alicia Keys.
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    The song "Slither" also won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal in 2005, an award Weiland had won previously with STP for the song "Plush" in 1994.
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  • 2003
    When Stone Temple Pilots disbanded in 2003, the band sent Weiland new music, which he took into his studio and added vocals.
    More Details Hide Details This music eventually became the song "Set Me Free." Although he delivered the music to the band himself, Weiland was still unsure whether or not he wanted to join them, despite performing at an industry showcase at Mates. They recorded two songs with producer Nick Raskulinecz, a recorded version of "Set Me Free" and a cover of Pink Floyd's "Money," for the soundtracks to the movies The Hulk and The Italian Job, respectively. Weiland joined the band soon after, and "Set Me Free" managed to peak at number 17 on the Mainstream Rock chart without any radio promotion or a record label. It was prior to a screening of The Hulk at Universal Studios that the band chose a name. After seeing a movie by Revolution Studios, Slash liked the beginning of the word, eventually thinking of Revolver because of its multiple meanings; the name of a gun, subtext of a revolving door which suited the band as well as the name of a Beatles album. When he suggested Revolver to the band, Weiland suggested 'Black Velvet' Revolver, liking the idea of "something intimate like velvet juxtaposed with something deadly like a gun." He was the one vocalist that I knew had the kind of voice that would serve what we were going to do: he had a John Lennon-ish quality, a little bit of Jim Morrison, and a touch of almost David Bowie.
  • 2002
    That same year the band headlined the Family Values Tour along with Linkin Park and Staind and StaticX. In late 2002, the band broke up with the DeLeo brothers and Weiland having had significant altercations back stage.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, former Guns N' Roses members – guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum – as well as former Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner were looking for a singer to help form a new band. Throughout his career Weiland had become acquainted with the four musicians; he became friends with McKagan after attending the same gym, was in rehab at the same time as Sorum and once played on the same bill as Kushner. Weiland was sent two discs of material to work with, but felt that the first disc "sounded like Bad Company gone wrong." When he was sent the second disc, Weiland was more positive, comparing it to Core-era Stone Temple Pilots, though he turned them down because Stone Temple Pilots had not yet separated.
  • 2001
    In late 2001, Weiland was arrested on domestic violence charges in Las Vegas, Nevada, for allegedly shoving Forsberg.
    More Details Hide Details However, the charges were eventually deferred upon the couple agreeing to counseling. Soon after, Forsberg filed for divorce but the couple eventually reconciled. In 2005, Weiland and his son Noah were featured on comedian David Spade's The Showbiz Show with David Spade during a comedy sketch about discouraging music file sharing. Noah has a line during the sketch in which he asks a little girl, "Please buy my daddy's album so I can have food to eat." Weiland was a Notre Dame Fighting Irish football fan, as his stepfather is an alumnus. In September 2006, Weiland performed at the University of Notre Dame's Legends Restaurant on the night before a football game. He sang several of his solo songs as well as "Interstate Love Song" and a cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here". In a 2007 interview with Blender magazine, Weiland mentioned that he was raised a Catholic.
  • 2000
    In November 2000, Weiland was invited to perform on the show VH1 Storytellers with the surviving members of The Doors.
    More Details Hide Details Weiland did vocals on two Doors songs, "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" and "Five to One". That same month Stone Temple Pilots appeared on The Doors tribute CD, Stoned Immaculate with their own rendition of "Break on Through" as the lead track. On June 19, 2001, STP released its fifth album, Shangri-La Dee Da.
    He married model Mary Forsberg on May 20, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children, Noah (born 2000) and Lucy (born 2002).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    While STP went on hiatus after the release of Tiny Music, Weiland released a solo album in 1998 called 12 Bar Blues.
    More Details Hide Details Weiland wrote most of the songs on the album, and collaborated with several artists, notably Daniel Lanois, Sheryl Crow, Brad Mehldau and Jeff Nolan. In 1999, STP regrouped once again and released No. 4. The album contained the hit single "Sour Girl" which featured a surreal music video with Sarah Michelle Gellar. That same year, Weiland also recorded two songs with the short-lived supergroup The Wondergirls. During this time period Weiland spent five months in jail for drug possession.
  • 1995
    Weiland rejoined Stone Temple Pilots in the fall of 1995, but STP was forced to cancel most of their 1996–1997 tour in support of their third release, Tiny Music...
    More Details Hide Details Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, which sold about two million albums. Weiland encountered problems with drug addiction at this time as well, which inspired some of his songs in the late-1990s, and resulted in prison time.
    In 1995, Weiland formed the alternative rock band The Magnificent Bastards with session drummer Victor Indrizzo in San Diego.
    More Details Hide Details The band included Zander Schloss and Jeff Nolan on guitars and Bob Thompson on bass. Only two songs were recorded by The Magnificent Bastards, "Mockingbird Girl," composed by Nolan, Schloss, and Weiland, appeared in the film Tank Girl and on its soundtrack, and a cover of John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep? " was recorded for the tribute album, Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.
  • 1994
    Weiland married Janina Castaneda on September 17, 1994; the couple divorced in 2000.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2013, as well as the supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He also established himself as a solo artist, releasing two studio albums, two cover albums, a live album and collaborations with several other musicians since 1995. Though derided by critics early in his career, Weiland's onstage persona was known as being flamboyant and chaotic; he was also known for constantly changing his appearance and vocal style, his use of a megaphone in concert for vocal effect, as well as his battles with substance abuse. Now widely viewed as a talented and versatile vocalist, Weiland has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (No. 57). In 2012, shortly before his departure from Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland formed Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, receiving mixed reviews: some critics and fans noted Weiland's apparently failing health and dwindling energy.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Born on October 27, 1967.
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