Scott Weiland, who was best known for his work as the lead singer in Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was remembered by many musicians and artists after his death late Thursday night, but none hit closer to home than the tributes from his bandmates.
Velvet Revolver posted a note to Duff McKagan’s Facebook page on Friday morning, and in a statement given to EW, Stone Temple Pilots thanked Weiland for “sharing your life with us.” The band, made up of Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, and Dean DeLeo, continued, “Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. The memories are many, and they run deep for us. We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.”
See their full statement:
Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.
Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.
The memories are many, and they run deep for us. We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.
It’s what made you who you were. You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse.
With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo
In addition to his work with Stone Temple Pilots, the late Weiland also enjoyed a solo career, and last released this year’s Blaster. In his last interview with EW, he spoke about working on his own after his involvement in both Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.
“After being in two huge rock bands in a band situation, I needed to explore that artistic side and kind of push the envelope,” he said. “I’m totally happy with how those records came out. I wanted to do something different this time, I wanted to form a band and have a band sounding album and have there be collaboration in the songwriting. I’m really happy with how it came out.”
After struggles with addiction and a departure from the band, Weiland returned to Stone Temple Pilots in 2008. At the time, he remembered the beginnings of the band in an interview with EW. “When STP came out and our first album was massively successful, fans adored us and the critics hated us,” Weiland said. “The second album was also really successful, started to get better reviews, but was still not critically adored. By the third album, the fans thought it was a little bit strange but the critics finally got what we were about. And our last album critics loved. Of course that one sold the least of all.”