Passing: Scott Weiland

So as it seems to go with us, we’ve been binge listening/watching Scott Weiland-related musical works since his passing last week.

While anyone who followed his career as the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots could rattle off the songs and projects that were deemed publicly as the most ‘popular,’ we’re going to honor his talents with one that might be lesser known (yet still had a video). We’d freak out on this tune if we were privileged enough to hear it at a party, gathering, bar, grocery store, elevator or passing car stereo. Consider it a nice 3:35 addition to your soundtrack today.

From a voice so distinctive that we’ve added it to the rare bin of those who will be forever have their own property of sound, this was undeniably Weiland.

Scott Weiland

We were on the Weiland/STP train from early on. In fact, 1993 saw us 25 rows back at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, where Stone Temple Pilots were celebrating their debut album, Core, while opening for the legendary Robert Plant. Over a decade later, we caught Weiland with Velvet Revolver down in Southern California.

While his passing could have happened years ago and no one would have been surprised, the music world has still lost one of its great personalities and special artists. We’ll always have a place for Scott Weiland.

Of course, we’d be remiss if you didn’t take this time to address the real loss here and that is the broken pieces in the wake of someone with substance abuse. Ex-wife Mary Forsberg Weiland has penned a candid, poignant letter to the deceased Stone Temple Pilots singer for Rolling Stone on behalf of his two children that is a must-read here.

So sad on so many levels.