Months and months and months, and then a week ago I submitted the final draft of the book I’ve been working on, and this morning, it goes into production. Relieved to say: Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter will be out early next year from W.W. Norton.
Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland died late Thursday night.
Weiland, 48, was found dead Thursday, Dec. 3, on his tour bus in Minnesota, various media report. He was on tour with his current band, the Wildabouts, who had a gig scheduled last evening at the Medina Entertainment Center.
“Scott … passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts,” reads a post on the singer’s Facebook page. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
No cause of death was reported.
Weiland fronted STP, which issued five albums between 1994 and 2001, until the group dissolved in 2002. They reformed in 2008 and issued a self-titled record in 2010; the band fired Weiland in 2013.
While Stone Temple Pilots were inactive, Weiland formed Velvet Revolver with former Guns N’ Roses members Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Slash. The band put out two albums before Weiland left in 2008 to rejoin STP.
“Sad day. RIP Scott Weiland,” Slash posted on Instragram.
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry tweeted he was “extremely saddened” by Weiland’s death.
“Such a gifted performer,” the guitarist said. “My thoughts are with your loved ones, friends & fans.”
Said Ryan Adams: “Universe, please take care of him.”
Weiland, who also recorded four solo albums, formed the Wildabouts, whose short existence has been fraught with tragedy, in 2014. In March 2015, Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown died of an overdose, just one day before band issued its debut album, Blaster.
But according to a Nov. 29 Alternativenation.net article titled “Scott Weiland’s Comeback Is In Full Force At Wellmont Theater,“ the singer has been in fine form as of late.
"Weiland’s had a rough year in general …” reviewer Doug McCausland wrote. “However, if tonight’s performances was an indication for things to come in the future, 2016 will be a total return to form. … Scott hardly missed a beat and reminded the audience why he’s one of the great rock frontmen of the past twenty years.”
Weiland is survived by his wife, Jamie Wachtel, and two children, Lucy and Noah.
"What a voice we’ve lost,” Alice Cooper tweeted. “Thoughts and prayers to his family.”