I don't have any poignant words or deep insights on the passing of former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver lead singer, Scott Weiland. I just have memories and feelings. STP hit when I was a freshman in college so they were a part of the soundtrack of my formative years. Even though I was a fan of the supposed "intelligent" grunge rock of Pearl Jam and Nirvana back in the day, I loved STP just as much. Maybe the critic in me tried to push me toward Cobain and Vedder's more serious and self-important rock at times, but the music fan in me was just happy listening to Weiland and the boys play crunchy alternative rock with no pretense. They never got the acclaim or the respect of other bands of their generation, but that's not as important as connecting with fans. (hypocrisy alert!)
Weiland was a wildly magnetic frontman, a talented vocalist, and a solid songwriter. He was also a heroin addict, which is likely why he's no longer with us. So glad I got to see STP near the end of his time with them.
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite tunes from STP and Velvet Revolver. RIP Scott. Addiction sucks.