In a massive kick to the le balls, the owner of a tour bus that Scott Weiland used on tour in 2013 is suing the late singer’s estate for USD $50,000 in punitive damages.
According to reports from Loudwire, tour manager Daniel Smagacz tried to sue Scott Weiland in 2014 for USD $100,000 for allegedly causing damage to the tour bus, including “shooting up the walls with a BB gun” and “frying the electronics”, in what is a fitting final testament to the late singer’s wild partying ways. Now the singer has inconveniently died, Smagacz is pursuing a lesser amount directed at the singer’s estate
Scott Weiland passed away from a drug overdose on December 3rd, 2015 on a tour bus while on tour with his band The Wildabouts. The former Stone Temple Pilotsand Velvet Revolver frontman was 48 years-old.
You can read our obituary for the late musician below.
OBITUARY: SCOTT WEILAND, 48, Dead and Bloated
Written by Sam Gelfand
At 8:22 PM Central Time on December 3rd, 2015, emergency services in Bloomington, Minnesota responded to reports of an unresponsive male aboard an RV. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the cause of death unknown. To the disappointment of music fans everywhere, that man was Scott Weiland: singer, songwriter, and rock star in the truest sense of the word.
As many people have pointed out, not many people are surprised. Really, it was only a matter of time. Weiland’s struggles with addiction have been well-publicized over the years. Weiland claimed to have been sober since 2002, despite much evidence and many sources pointing to the contrary (including his own account of a cocaine binge in 2007).
As we all know, Weiland (born Scott Kline) rose to prominence at the helm of San Diego’s Stone Temple Pilots, the first popular grunge act not to hail from Seattle. Despite being ripped by critics for supposedly being a Pearl Jam rip-off, their 1992 debut album, Core, went platinum eight times and won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance with the single “Plush”. They racked up three more hit singles with their 1994 follow-up, Purple, and cracked the top 40 in 1999 with the acoustic “Sour Girl”.
Weiland had been using cocaine since his teenage years, but he first tried heroin before a New York City show on August 3rd, 1993. It would prove to be his downfall. His drug-induced behavior, in addition to several arrests, lead him to being kicked out of STP in 2002. He claims that was the last time he used heroin.
Soon afterwards, he formed Velvet Revolver with Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan. In a later interview he revealed that he only joined for financial reasons and didn’t actually enjoy the music he was making. However, the group won a Grammy in 2005 for their debut single, “Slither”. He was kicked out of the band in 2008 after suffering from a cocaine relapse.
Soon after that, he reunited with STP and released another album with the group. However, he was fired once again in February 2013. The listed reason was the tension caused by Weiland’s commitments to his solo act and STP simultaneously, but widespread speculation suggested another relapse.
Most recently, Weiland released his fourth solo album, Blaster, and sang on the debut album of supergroup Art of Anarchy, which features Disturbed bassist John Moyer and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. However, Weiland later clarified that he was only a session musician and not a full-time member of the band. He was touring with his solo band, the Wildabouts, when he passed, discovered only minutes before he was set to go on stage.
Weiland did not have a good 2015 (disregarding his death). Beginning with his split from Art of Anarchy shortly after the album’s release in January, he filed a lawsuit, had a lawsuit filed against him, disappointed fans with a severely drunken meet and greet in March, lost his guitarist to unknown causes a few days later, and ripped off fans who donated to his PledgeMusic campaign by shipping brand-new signed megaphones that were supposed to be used on stage. To cap things off in April, he delivered a bizarre, monotonous, and downright awful performance of “Vasoline” with his band in Texas (it has since been removed from YouTube). Weiland blamed the performance on pre-show drinking and a faulty in-ear, but many believed that he once again fell off the wagon.
Unfortunately, Weiland’s substance issues often overshadowed his skill behind the microphone (and his signature megaphone). His vocal versatility was staggering; very few singers had his ability to completely shift vocal tones. Have an unsuspecting person listen to “Sex Type Thing”, and then have them listen to “Sour Girl”. They will swear they were recorded by two different vocalists.
Weiland’s stage presence set a benchmark for modern rock acts. He exuded energy and movement and utilized a megaphone on stage to affect his voice, leading to a wave of copycats. He joins Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley as pioneering grunge frontmen whose drug use cut their careers too short.
There is no denying that Weiland struggled with his inner demons, but he was certainly talented and incredibly influential to many of us at IPHYB and many artists all over the world. We choose to remember him at his energetic peak, as a great performer and even better singer whose music enriched the lives of those around him.
Tributes have poured out from all throughout the industry, including (but not limited to) the members of Adelitas Way, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Travis Barker of Blink-182, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, the members of Buckcherry, William DuVall of Alice in Chains, Lizzy Hale of Halestorm, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and Slash, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Nick Menza of Megadeth, Taylor Momsen of the Pretty Reckless, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, the members of Nonpoint, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, the members of Papa Roach, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Morgan Rose of Sevendust, the members of Shinedown, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M., and Slash.
In April, Filter frontman Richard Patrick spoke about Weiland’s condition. Unfortunately, his comments displayed a great deal of foresight.
We all want Scott to be Scott, but Scott’s not even really Scott. I love him, but he’s transformed into a very different person…He’ll be a rock star legend that died in a hotel room with a needle sticking out of his arm, and it will not be a cool thing and it will be sad and his kids will be traumatized.
We at IPHYB extend our sincerest condolences to his widow, Jamie, and his children, Noah and Lucy. We leave you with the lyrics Weiland wrote for “Where The River Goes”, off of Core:
I wanna be as big as a mountain
I wanna fly as high as the sun
I wanna know what the rent’s like in heaven
I wanna know where the river goes
SCOTT WEILAND’S Estate Being Sued By Angry Bus Manager