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Billy Corgan: Scott Weiland Was a ‘Voice of Our Generation’.

In one of Scott Weiland’s final interviews, recorded backstage at a Toronto concert just two days before he passed away at the age of 48, the former Stone Temple Pilots singer talked about his family, the death of Walkabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown and his own musical legacy. “First off, I [view] the bands I’ve been in as rock and roll,” Weiland told Toronto’s Live in Limbo. “I’ve always looked at us also as bands that changed from album to album, and morph into different sounds. Scott Weiland’s The Wildabouts bandmate has been arrested for cocaine possession after the drug was discovered on the tour bus where the singer’s body was found.He made the comments Friday after the city released hundreds of pages of documents showing a contrasting story than video footage in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. The frontman, who had a history of substance abuse issues, died in his sleep on Thursday (03Dec15), shortly before his group was set to perform in Bloomington, Minnesota. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry called Weiland a “gifted performer” and rocker Alice Cooper tweeted “what a voice we’ve lost.” Singer Ryan Adams tweeted “Universe, please take care of him,” while filmmaker Judd Apatow said watching Weiland perform was “some of my favorite concerts of all time.” Bloomington police said, after executing a search warrant, that they had discovered a small amount of a substance that tested positive as cocaine in the bedroom where Weiland was located.

They also arrested Thomas Delton Black — identified by US media as a band member — on charges of drug possession, as the music world paid tribute to what some called a legend of “grunge” music. In a statement late Friday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Chicago police turned over all evidence to the Independent Police Review Authority. Condolences poured in for Weiland, who was synonymous with grunge — the alternative rock style that became popular during the 1980s and 1990s, particularly in Seattle and elsewhere on the US west coast.

The interview ends when Weiland makes the revelation that – following rumors of a reunited Guns N’ Roses original lineup (rumors Weiland helped fuel) – he would be “open” to Velvet Revolver getting back together. By 1996’s Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, Corgan was a fan. “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,” Corgan wrote. “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.” Corgan also shared an anecdote about befriending Weiland and trying to make the singer laugh while going to “dumb parties” in Hollywood. In another December 2nd backstage interview, recorded prior to Weiland and the Walkabouts’ concert at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall, the singer spoke to 102.1 The Edge about the first concert he saw, the most recent concert he saw (“My own,” Weiland joked) and tattoos. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

In the message, posted online, the stars praise the 48 year old’s talents, while also acknowledging the drug demons which led to his dismissal from the group in 2013. “Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us,” they write. “Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. “We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. One report claims McDonald advanced toward officers swinging his knife in an “aggressive, exaggerated manner.” The statements led police supervisors to rule McDonald’s death a justifiable homicide.

Tributes have also poured in on social media from the likes of Alice Cooper, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Travis Barker, Joe Perry, and Weiland’s ex-Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Dave Kushner. The Chicago Police Department’s new acting superintendent says he sent a reminder to officers to check audio recording equipment each time they get into a squad car. The band broke up in 2003 but reunited five years later only to collapse in acrimony again in February 2013 when bandmates Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz forced Weiland out. Weiland is survived by two children with his ex-wife, Mary Forsberg, who wrote in her 2009 memoir “Fall to Pieces” that there was a time when the couple, while beset by drug addiction, took a limousine together to rehab. Though Sanders never mentions his name the comments appeared aimed at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a long-time ally of the Clinton family and former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

Sanders says: “No one should be shielded by power or position.” The October 2014 video of police killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald first surfaced while Emanuel was running for re-election and seeking support among the city’s black community.

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