Scott Weiland Passes Away at 48

scottweiland

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has passed away. He was 48 years old.

News of Weiland’s death began to circulate late Thursday evening (Dec.3), when Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro posted a now-deleted message on Twitter.”Our friend Scott Weiland has died,” wrote the musician. While a lot of times these things end up being hoaxes, Weiland’s passing turned out to be true.

Weiland’s death was confirmed by his manager Tom Vitorino and the musician’s wife, Jamie Weiland, who told The Los Angeles Time, “I can’t deal with this right now. It’s true.”

On the musician’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, a short message was posted confirming the saddening news as well. “Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”

According to Billboard, the Bloomington, MN Police Department issued a statement at 11:15PM PT detailing the events of the evening. According to the statement, on Dec. 3 at 8:22PM, officers responded to a report of an unresponsive adult male in a recreational motor vehicle located in the 2200 block of Killebrew Drive. “Officers arrived and determined the adult male was deceased.” At the time, the identity of the deceased was not released. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office assured that they will continue to investigate the death and will provide updates on the matter.

Weiland was in Minnesota on tour with his latest group, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. The band was scheduled to perform at the Medina Ballroom in Hamel, MN Thursday evening. According to Medina Entertainment Center, the concert had been canceled and refunds were to be issued. No reason was given for the cancellation at the time.

Scott Weiland Impostor Reportedly in Stone Temple Pilots Cover Band

wpid-scott_weiland.jpeg

As if the Scott Weiland impersonator wasn’t good enough to pass for the former Stone Temple Pilot frontman in prison, it turns out he actually played in a Stone Temple Pilots cover band.

Considering his past at portraying Weiland, it might not come as that much of a shocker that he did the same when he was busted last month for shoplifting at a pharmacy and then charged with both shoplifting and being in possession of methamphetamine.

On Facebook, Hurley had written about participating in a Stone Temple Pilots tribute show at the Roxy in Hollywood, though TMZ, who originally broke the news that the real Weiland was not arrested, noted that the band might have not quite existed yet.

Hurley was arrested back in July and last week, the “Celebrity Arrest” made headlines when the Beverly Hill Police Department revealed to TMZ that they had had Weiland in prison for four weeks.

Following the release of the TMZ story, the gossip site received a message from Weiland, himself, straight from the studio where he was working on an album with his new band, The Wildabouts; not from the inside of a jail cell.

In the video post, Weiland sets the record straight by saying that he had just read “something very interesting, a nice piece of fiction from TMZ saying that I was in jail and had been for [four] weeks.”

“I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording my new album. Yeah, this is the studio we’re in right now. So all I have to say to our fans is whether you find it funny or interesting or whether you find it sad, don’t worry, don’t fret, it’s all a lie.”

Hurley’s real identity did not come out until Weiland posted that video, in which the BHPD performed an FBI fingerprint check which revealed his true identity. Why the police did not perform the check after the initial arrest, the world will never know.

Hurley was set to appear in court today, and we are still wondering if arrest records still has him listed as Scott Klein Weiland.

Jailed Man Claimed to Be Former Stone Temple Pilots’ Frontman

image

If you ever get arrest and happen to look like celebrity, claiming to be said person might come back to bite you in the rear.

That’s exactly what happened to one guy when he claimed that he was former Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman, Scott Weiland.

Last night, TMZ reported that the Beverly Hill Police Department had had Weiland in their prison since July 26 for possession of meth. The Weiland impostor had allegedly been busted by the BHPD after shoplifting some razors from a Rite Aid and then was busted for the drugs when he was searched. The supposed frontman was then locked up, with bail set at $95,000.

The problem in the story is the fact that Weiland was never arrested. The singer had been in the studio with his new band, The Wildabouts and it took a video from the studio with Weiland present for the police department to confirm the arrested man’s correct identity.

For four weeks, the man had the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department fooled.

In his video post on Facebook, Weiland calls TMZ’s report a “nice piece of fiction” and that the gossip site “will be hearing from my attorney.”

Like they’ve never heard that before.

The issue with Weiland’s threat in the video is the simple fact that the site got the news story, and evidence, from a reliable source; the police department themselves.

When TMZ received (or saw) the video from the real Scott Weiland, the site called up the police department to break the news to them that they did not arrest who they thought they did. That led to the police department to perform a “physical check” which revealed the guy was not who he said he was.

In reality, the man who had been imprisoned for four weeks was 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley. On top of his previous charges, Hurley will also be charged with giving false information to the officers.

As of today, Hurley is still listed as Scott Klein Weiland in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Inmate Information Center and is due in court on Tuesday, August 26.

image

See, we told you, bit in the butt.

Scott Weiland Strikes Back at STP

Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland might have found out about his apparent firing from grunge band, Stone Temple Pilots from the media, but that is exactly how he’s voicing his opinion about what had happened.

For those that might not be familiar with what happened, the remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots released a sweet and simple statement earlier this week, saying that Weiland had been “terminated.” The funny part of it all, was that the frontman didn’t even hear about it from the band or his people; he read it online.

When he initially read about it int he press, his response was that he didn’t even know and that they couldn’t fire him because he’s one of the core members and wrote most of their well-known songs.

Now, several days later, Weiland is striking back saying that the only reason that they released such a statement was as  a publicity stunt just so they could sell more tickets. When asked if he was still fronting the band, he replied with a simple, “I started it.”

Rumors of the band letting go of the singer stated back in December when Weiland’s band mate from Velvet Underground, Slash, said in an interview that Weiland had been fired.

Weiland is set to start his solo tour tonight in Flint, Michigan where he said he would perform a combination of his material and stuff from the STP song lists.

Stone Temple Pilots Terminate Lead Singer

STP

 

UPDATE: Scott Weiland has released a statement about his firing:

“I learned of my supposed ‘termination’ from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be “terminated” from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.”

—————————————————————————————————————————————————-

The Stone Temple Pilots are on member short now. Word has surfaced that the band has fired their frontman, Scott Weiland. The band released a statement through their publicist, Kymm Britton, saying that the band has terminated the rocker:

“Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.”

While it seems a little harsh coming from a band that he has been a part of since the days of grunge, it shouldn’t come as a surprise considering all the trouble Weiland has gotten into. In 2002, the frontman got into an altercation with guitarist, Dean DeLeo, that made them stop all band activity, but that didn’t matter to Weiland since he had his other band, Velvet Underground to fill in the time.

Weiland has been one of the core members of the band since its beginning in 1986, but funny enough, yesterday he had told Rolling Stone magazine “STP has not broken up. I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired.”

Burn.

But rumors started circulating about his termination back in December when Slash, Weiland’s band mate in Velvet Underground, revealed in an interview with Minneapolis’ radio station, 93X, that the frontman had been fired from the band.

In 2008, STP reformed after a five-year hiatus and toured all last year, but don’t worry for Weiland, the rocker is set to start a sold out tour next month.