Cocaine found in bus where rocker Weiland died

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Cocaine found on Scott Weiland’s bus; former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates issue a statement.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Scott Weiland, the magnetic former frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots whose three-decade career in music also included solo albums and a spot in the supergroup Velvet Revolver, has died.When Bloomington, Minn., police discovered the body of Scott Weiland early Friday morning (Dec. 4), The Associated Press confirmed they also found a small amount of cocaine nearby, onboard his tour bus. Weiland was located,” the department’s statement said. “Detectives recovered an additional small quantity of suspected controlled substance that field-tested positive as cocaine, in the area of the tour bus known to be occupied by Thomas Delton Black, a traveling member of Weiland’s party,” the statement continued. As the band’s career chugged on, through tours and albums and breakups and rehab stints, it became clearer that placing the band in the then expanding bubble of “alternative” rock was a ruse, a way to keep them current enough to avoid relegation to the dustbin of uncool.

Weiland’s death at 48 is under investigation by Bloomington police and the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office, which will be conducting an autopsy, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner told the Los Angeles Times. Their songs were straightforward enough, though, that they made the classic-rock cut; Core, their 1992 debut, dominates the 90s segments of those stations’ playlists, which will trot out the heavy plod of “Plush” and the country-grunge sulk “Creep” at least once a day. Days prior to his death, TMZ reported that Weiland — who had long struggled with substance-abuse issues — had relapsed into crack cocaine usage, along with heavy drinking. Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, were scheduled to tour this month, with upcoming dates in Reno, Nevada, on Dec. 18 and City Winery in Napa, Calif., on Dec. 19. They’d frequently twist their own back catalogue into slightly different forms, creating songs that resembled echoes of the more-recent-than-you-might-think past.

And they had a knack for hooks—the triumphant riff that powers the anthemic “Interstate Love Song,” the sneering chorus of “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”—that revealed their pop aspirations. He was a shrewd observer of his peers’ showmanship, and he went for it with the type of zeal that was often viewed with suspicion by the denizens of alternative nation. In 2001, just as the movie adaptation of the glam-rock fantasia Hedwig and the Angry Inch was hitting movie theaters, Weiland performed a concert in the title character’s blond regalia. But he tweaked that bravado with lyrics that provided a view of his grim interior life—including discussion of the addictions that pockmarked his career, which sent him to rehab and to solo albums. “Bi-Polar Bear,” from Stone Temple Pilots’ surprisingly poppy-sounding 2001 album, Shangri La Dee Da, details a manic phase so closely as to cause discomfort. “Plush,” the twisted prom theme from the band’s debut, Core, was shot through with enough imagery of a woman’s corpse to place it in “murder power ballad” territory; the tempered “Lady Picture Show,” from the 1996 album Tiny Music . . . Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, was about “the horrific gang rape of a dancer who winds up falling in love but can’t let go of the pain,” according to his 2011 autobiography.

Weiland’s 2008 solo album, “Happy” in Galoshes, was written in the wake of his marriage breaking up and his brother passing away; he told New York Post rock writer Dan Aquilante that the title was a sardonic nod to his only being happy when it was, metaphorically, raining. “Rock guys can’t look sensitive, you have to look tough, but it’s really a myth, a mask,” he said to Aquilante. “Maybe that’s why all the real emotion ends up in my songs.” Which isn’t to say that Weiland was a miserablist; if he had been, he would have been a complete mismatch for his band’s hookier moments, like the ferociously groovy “Big Bang Baby.” In 2011 he released a winking Christmas album. Andrew Wood, whose dedication to the glam-rock aesthetic presaged Weiland’s at times, passed away in 1990, leaving behind wiry, spindly songs and bandmates who would later morph into Pearl Jam. Blind Melon’s shaggy front man Shannon Hoon, Alice in Chains’ caterwauling lead singer Layne Staley, and Kurt Cobain—they’re only a handful of the artists from that era who passed away before their time. Weiland’s addition to that list is a sad one, particularly since it happened as he straddled classic-rock canonization and was hitting the highway with new bandmates and new songs. Weiland’s current band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, had been scheduled to play a show in nearby Medina, Minnesota, on Thursday night, but it had been canceled a week earlier due to poor ticket sales.

Mark Raskob, general manager at the Medina Entertainment Center, said Weiland’s show was canceled after fewer than 100 tickets had been sold for it in a venue with a capacity of about 1,800. FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2004, file photo, Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland, left, and Slash perform “Fall to Pieces” perform at the VH1 Big in ’04 awards, in Los Angeles.

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