Thursday, October 27: Rock Birthdays
Remembering Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland today (Oct. 27) on what would have been his 49th birthday. Other rock birthdays today include former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing (65) and bassist Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) is 67.
Scott Weiland was best known as the former frontman for rock band Stone Temple Pilots which formed in 1985 out of San Diego, California with Weiland on vocals along with brothers Robert DeLeo (bass) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Krets on drums.The band found immediate success with the 1992 release Core, and went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990’s. Four more studio albums followed: Purple (1994), Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Shop (1996), No. 4 (1999), and Shangri-La Dee Da (2001). The band broke up in 2002 and Scott Weiland had supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003-2008. STP eventually reunited for a reunion tour in 2008 and released a new self-titled album in 2010. Weiland released his autobiography Not Dead and Not for Sale in 2011 and married photographer Jamie Wachtel, whom he met during a 2011 music video shoot, in 2013. In addition to his other projects, he had also been an established solo artist since 1995 with four studio albums, a live album, and a covers album.
Scott Weiland died of a drug overdose on his tour bus in Minnesota in Dec. 2015 while on tour with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48. Stone Temple Pilots is currently in the process of searching for a new frontman for the group.