Scott Richard Weiland (born Scott Richard Kline; October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015) was an American musician, singer and songwriter, leader of the bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.
He was born in San Jose, California. When he was five, Scott’s mother Sharon married David Weiland whose surname he adopted as his own. Around that time, Weiland moved to Bainbridge Township, Ohio but he moved back to California as a teenager. During his high school years he worked as a paste up artist for the Los Angeles newspaper.
In 1986 he met a bassist Robert DeLeo, together with him, his guitar playing brother Dean and the drummer Eric Kretz they formed Stone Temple Pilots. In 1992 they released their first album Core which became an instant success with such singles as Plush, Creep, Sex Type Thing and Wicked Garden. Their second album Purple was published two years later and brought band both the great commercial success and recognition of the critics. Scott also won the Grammy award in the category of Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for Plush.
In 1998 when Stone Temple Pilots went on hiatus, Weiland recorded his solo album 12 Bar Blues with the songs he created himself and in collaboration with such artists as Daniel Lanois or Sheryl Crow. Stone Temple Pilots released two more albums before breaking up in 2002.
However, the next year Scott was invited as a singer to the supergroup Velvet Revolver formed by ex-Guns’n’Roses members guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum as well as former Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner. They released their debut album Contraband in 2004 which proved to be great success. In 2005 Weiland again received Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for the song Slither. The band also participated in Live 8 concert the same year.
Their second album Libertad, released in 2007 was also successful despite mixed reception from the critics. After conversation with his former bandmates from Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland decided to re-join the band without leaving Velvet Revolver but this turned out to be impossible and in 2008 it was announced he would no longer be the singer in the supergroup. Stone Temple Pilots went on an extensive tour in the US and their first album since 2001, Stone Temple Pilots, was released in 2010. In April 2012 Weiland suggested he could come back to Velvet Revolver when the tension reappeared in Stone Temple Pilots resulting in his definite departure from the band (STP hired Chester Bennington from Linkin Park as his replacement).
In 2008 his second solo album Happy in Galoshes was released, followed up by 2011’s cover album A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs only available through his website and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, an album of Christmas music.
In 2012 he formed a new band Scott Weiland&The Wildabouts and three years later released their debut album Blaster. However, in 2015 band’s guitarist Jeremy Brown died a day before the album’s release due to the drug intoxication. The same year, on December 3, 2015 Weiland who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse dating back to 1995, was found dead on the tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota. The police report determined the cause of death to be an accidental overdose of cocaine, ethanol, and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA). A small funeral for Weiland was held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on December 11, 2015, in Los Angeles and a ceremony for his family took place later.