Remembering Scott Weiland: The Rocker’s Highs and Lows, in His Words

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Billy Corgan Wrote One of the Most Heartfelt, Evocative Eulogies for Scott Weiland Yet.

Scott Weiland’s cause of death may have been revealed. 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.MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say a small amount of cocaine was discovered on Scott Weiland’s tour bus in Bloomington, where the singer was found dead outside a hotel near the Mall of America late Thursday night, and one of his bandmates has been arrested. 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. Several artists have expressed their grief and condolences to Weiland’s family—including one erstwhile STP detractor, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

In a eulogy posted to Smashing Pumpkins’ website, Corgan admits that he initially dismissed the band, but writes that its third album, “a wizardly mix of glam and post-punk,” changed his mind. “I confessed to Scott, as well as the band many times, how wrong I’d been in assessing their native brilliance,” Corgan writes, adding later that “if you asked me who I truly believed were the great voices of our generation, I’d say it were he, Layne, and Kurt.” Corgan writes about how much he enjoyed getting to know Weiland in the moments when they got to speak to one another behind the scenes, away from the spotlight. “It may seem trite in reflection,” he writes, “but I’d try to make him giggle when I saw that the manic whirl of the dumb parties we were at (in Hollywood, no less!) might be causing undue stress.” “Manic whirl of dumb parties” is a pretty evocative description of two rock stars’ shared social milieu. 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. And on top of Weiland’s good looks and vocal chops, Corgan praised how he, like any great actor, “gives a real and different voice to each character played.” There’s even a direct comparison to David Bowie: Corgan writes that Weiland shared Bowie’s skill for “phrasing that pushed his music into a unique, and hard to pin down, aesthetic sonicsphere.” The singer’s manager confirmed the death to The Associated Press early Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) Weiland’s former Stone Temple Pilot bandmates — Eric Kretz and brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo — released a statement Friday thanking Weiland “for sharing your life with us.” “Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans.” Other celebrities also paid their respects. “I saw Scott Weiland perform many times and those were some of my favorite concerts of all time.

And she loves my kids and I love her son,” Weiland told Rolling Stone in November 2012. “She’s the greatest thing that’s happened to me in a long, long time.” 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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