PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 24: Musician Scott Weiland poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald’s McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Scott Weiland (1967-2015) was an American musician best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Here are some highlights from his life:

  1. Early Life and Formation of Stone Temple Pilots (STP):
    • Scott Weiland was born on October 27, 1967, in San Jose, California.
    • He formed Stone Temple Pilots with brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo, along with Eric Kretz, in the late 1980s.
  2. Breakthrough Success with Stone Temple Pilots:
    • Stone Temple Pilots rose to fame in the early 1990s with their debut album, “Core” (1992), which featured hits like “Plush” and “Wicked Garden.”
    • The band’s second album, “Purple” (1994), further solidified their success with songs like “Interstate Love Song.”
  3. Personal Struggles:
    • Weiland battled substance abuse throughout his life, and his struggles with addiction were well-documented.
    • His legal issues and stints in rehab contributed to a turbulent personal life.
  4. Temporary Departures and Reunions with Stone Temple Pilots:
    • Weiland left Stone Temple Pilots in 1995, leading to a temporary breakup of the band.
    • He rejoined the band in 1996, and they released several more albums before another hiatus in the mid-2000s.
  5. Velvet Revolver:
    • Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, a supergroup consisting of former Guns N’ Roses members and others, in 2003.
    • The band achieved success with their debut album, “Contraband” (2004), which included the hit single “Slither.”
  6. Solo Career:
    • Weiland also pursued a solo career, releasing albums such as “12 Bar Blues” (1998) and “Happy” in Galoshes” (2008).
  7. Continued Struggles and Legal Issues:
    • Despite musical successes, Weiland continued to face personal struggles, including arrests and rehab stints.
  8. Final Years and Death:
    • Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on December 3, 2015, while on tour with his band The Wildabouts.
    • The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of a mix of drugs.

Scott Weiland’s life was marked by both musical achievements and personal challenges, and his legacy is often remembered for his distinctive voice and contributions to the rock music scene of the 1990s and 2000s.

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