Away from the usual topics of this site, Scott Weiland, former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver passed away last night. As a big fan of 90’s alternative and grunge, STP ranks among my two favorite bands along with Nirvana. In fact, I rank them among my favorite bands of all-time.
The charismatic Weiland was known for his low-level singing style and slithering stage presence. He and his fellow band-mates in STP never received the critical acceptance they deserved while they were together despite huge commercial success, often being derided as a Seattle rip-off. With their plodding break-out hit “Plush”, STP was dismissed as a “second-rate Pearl Jam”. However, things started to change with the release of their second album Purple and their third album Tiny Music, my personal favorite. Each release was a distinct departure from the previous, illustrating the bands song-writing and musical talents.
Critical acceptance finally came to the band in later years as well as the recognition of their influence on alternative and hard rock. As amateur guitarist, STP has had a big influence on me. Their songwriting style was unique with chord progressions few if any other bands have used. When combined with their varied arrangements and Weiland’s distinctive vocals, STP was a true original. I feel fortunate to have seen the reunited STP in 2008. Their performance did not disappoint.
Weiland battled addiction for years. So while his passing is not a surprise it is nonetheless very sad.