Weiland’s Stone Temple Pilots bandmates react to death

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Cocaine found in bus where rocker Weiland died.

LOS ANGELES – Tributes poured in on Friday for rock singer Scott Weiland, the troubled ex-frontman for the band Stone Temple Pilots, who was found dead in Minnesota during a tour stop with his new band, The Wildabouts. 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. 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 Hennepin County medical examiner, which confirmed the death, had not released the cause as of Friday night, and Bloomington police and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating. Weiland was located.” “Dear Scott,” his former Stone Temple bandmates wrote in a poignant farewell on Facebook, “Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us. Also known as “STP” by their fans, the quartet first broke out in 1992 with hit single “Creep” before going on to become one of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s with power ballads like “Plush,” “Big Empty” and “Interstate Love Song.” “People have this misconception about me,” he said in an interview with USA Today in 2011. “OK, I struggled with heroin and cocaine and I was a big rock star. 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. The band eventually split up, again because of Weiland’s substance abuse. “I’m still on the verge all the time,” he said of his fight to remain sober. “My brother passed away [from a drug overdose in 2007], and that’s something that will always stay with me.” In 2008, Weiland reunited with STP for the last time before leaving the band again and embarking on a solo career.

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. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.” Weiland and the Wildabouts had been scheduled to perform Thursday night at the Medina Entertainment Center.

He would constantly strut around the stage and writhe and shake his slender frame in the grand tradition of other lanky rock singers such as Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and Steven Tyler. “We were written off as the band of disastrous dysfunction with too many personal problems to survive,” Weiland wrote in his 2011 memoir, “Not Dead & Not For Sale.” “Or rather, I was written off as the guy whose hopeless addictions had — and would always — ruin everything for everyone.” After a November 1992 booking with local favorites Run Westy Run at the 7th Street Entry, the band’s first big Twin Cities gig was opening for pioneering punks the Butthole Surfers with the Flaming Lips in July 1993 at Trout-Air amphitheater near Forest Lake, right after its first hit single caught on. Weiland moved on, but never seemed to gel as well with Slash and his other Velvet Revolver bandmates, who made their Twin Cities debut in 2005 at the Quest nightclub and played two subsequent Xcel Energy Center concerts.

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