It truly saddens me to hear that Scott Weiland passed away in his tourbus yesterday in Minnesota. He has had a well-documented struggle with substance abuse as long as I can remember, no news there, but I reckon you had hopes he would fix it along the way. His band Stone Temple Pilots has been a a big part of my life and I have been a fan since the first album. Saw them live back in 1993 on their world tour for the first album and it was a fantastic show, but it was clear already then that Scott was struggling with substance abuse. Another star on rock heaven has passed, but his musical legacy will live on. #ScottWeiland


Not the first time….

“In the early 1990s, Stone Temple Pilots—not U2, not Nirvana, not Pearl Jam— was the hottest band in the world. STP toppled such mega-bands as Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses on MTV and the Billboard charts. Lead singer Scott Weiland became an iconic front man in the tradition of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Robert Plant. Then, when STP imploded, it was Weiland who emerged as the emblem of rock star excess, with his well-publicized drug busts and trips to rehab. Weiland has since made a series of stunning comebacks, fronting the supergroup Velvet Revolver, releasing solo work, and, most recently, reuniting with Stone Temple Pilots. He still struggles with the bottle, but he has prevailed as a loving, dedicated father, as well as a business-savvy artist whose well of creativity is far from empty.”

STP became a band that took me to new rock n roll heights in 1992 with their debut album “Core” and I had the privilege to see them live in 1993. A massive show, but already at that point Weiland seemed to be steering himself into a ditch. I have been an avid fan of the band since, and I have followed their career closely with all their ups and downs. How can one not feel intrigued when Weiland decided to tell his side of the story in a biography. I was hoping for a proper insight into the quite complex singers life and all the craziness he has managed to go through. But, what we get is an extremely brief explanation of Weilands private life, his love to music and the bands he has fronted. There´s no real in depth info to get gripped by. The structure of the book contains of  “art”, blank pages, and huge page breaks with very little text per chapter. You can go trough the book very quickly and it more or less just pass you brain. It almost feels that half of the book is missing and that Weiland has purposely left all the interesting details of his life out. As if he started off with the intentions of baring his soul on paper, but quickly decided that he’d rather not have any information in the book that wasn’t already known. Thus “Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir” wasn´t what I hoped it would be. A slight disappointment.

Scott Weiland just released his memoir “Not Dead & Not For Sale”. I am looking forward to reading it. Here´s an extract from SPIN.

“Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has revealed details of the release of his memoirs. Entitled “Not Dead & Not For Sale”, the book is set to document the singer’s music career and battle with drug addiction, reports Released on March 8, 2011, the book was co-written by music biographer David Ritz. Meanwhile, Weiland is currently on tour with Stone Temple Pilots in North America. As well as his time with Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland will also talk about his spell in ‘supergroup’ Velvet Revolver.” (via NME)