Have Scott Weiland’s demons have returned again. On stage meltdown?
It looks like Scott Weiland’s demons have returned. . . again. On stage meltdown in Houston?
Scott Weiland and his band Stone Temple Pilots played a show in Huston on Sunday night and reports are coming out that Weiland had a very public meltdown on stage. He slurred his words while talking to the crowd, went off and crazy rants about a variety of topics and admitted that he had started drinking again. All of this after being more than an hour late to start the show which forced the band to cut five songs from its set list. There are also reports from those who were at the show that Weiland used a backing vocal track. To help back that allegation are videos of a show STP recently did in Cincinnati where it clearly looks like Weiland is lip synching but is off time.
After the show the band rescheduled a dozen shows so that they can take a short break before resuming their tour in mid-October. Presumably this short break is so that the band can either get Scott Weiland some help, or decide what to do about him.
This is not the first time Weiland has seen drinking and/or drugs derail his career and life. He has battled it for years. His drinking and drug uses is considered to be one of the primary reasons for STP’s original break up in 2001. Scott Weiland went solo after leaving Stone Temple Pilots and put out an album called 12 Bar Blues. As the album was released Weiland was arrested in Manhattan for buying heroin. Because of his past probation violations Weiland ended up in jail.
2003 saw Weiland join together with Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses to form Velvet Revolver. Velvet Revolver’s first album Contraband was a big success debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and selling over three million copies. In 2007 the band released their second album, Libertad. While it didn’t sell as well, the band prepared for a tour only to cancel when Scott Weiland checked himself into rehab. About this time Weiland and Dean Deleo started talking again and got STP back together for a summer tour of festivals. In 2008 Weiland officially left Velvet Revolver and rejoined Stone Temple Pilots full time.
Scott Weiland has been married twice and has two children with model and soon to be ex-wife Mary Forsberg. Weiland’s younger brother Michael died of a drug overdose in 2007. Scott has said that he has been diagnosed a bipolar, but that he doesn’t take medicine for it. He has wrestled with drugs and booze since the early days of STP and it seems now, with this public meltdown and the rescheduling of half their tour, that his demons are back. Weiland has taken a lot of flack over the years from people who claim he has stolen his style from Eddie Vedder. While he is not the vocalist that Vedder is, Weiland is a very good singer with immense talent and is a vocal chameleon. It is a shame to see such a talent go to waste. Hopefully he will eventually find a way to balance his problems and his career. If he doesn’t the future for him doesn’t look so bright.
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