You can not have grown up as I did (as a teenager) during the decade of the 1990s without having been effected in some way by the Grunge phase of popular music that originated out of the Seattle, Washington area led by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and featuring many talented bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Queensryche, Mother Love Bone and The Stone Temple Pilots (known as S.T.P.) who's lead singer was the extremely talented and extremely troubled Scott Weiland. Weiland would later go on to front the very successful group Velvet Revolver among several other bands as well.
When Kurt Cobain of Nirvana committed suicide in April of 1994 it was terribly sad and surprising for a generation of music fans who were caught up in the Grunge phenomenon. If there were any Seattle Grunge band member who's death you may have expected to hear about it would have been Scott Weiland because of his much publicized and troubled history with illicit drug use. While I was never a huge Grunge fan, I appreciated a lot of the music and the bands Alice and Chains and Stone Temple Pilots were probably my two favorites.
A few weeks ago prior to Christmas, Scott Weiland passed away while he was on tour with his current band. There is a great deal of speculation and some controversy around Weiland's death which is most likely drug related, and would come as no real surprise for a guy who was in and out of rehab on countless occasions since his early 20s. I wanted to take a moment though this week to remember Weiland and some of the amazing music that his bands created, reflecting upon the artist and his immense talent. I am grateful for the music Weiland helped to bring into so many lives. While his personal story may forever be a cautionary tale about the dangers of drug addiction, his professional story will always be about the musical legacy he has left behind.
Interstate Love Song: STP
Pretty Penny: STP
Fall To Pieces: Velvet Revolver
Rest in Peace Scott Weiland.