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Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Scott Weiland is best known for performing as lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.
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Born in 1967, singer Scott Weiland started his first band in high school in California. He founded Mighty Joe Young in 1987, and the group evolved into the Stone Temple Pilots. The band released their first album in 1992 and quickly became one of the top rock acts of the mid-1990s. Weiland struggled with substance abuse, which led him to spend five months in jail by decade's end. In 2003,
"People know me only on the surface: I'm the junkie rock star handcuffed in the backseat of a cop car."
"I had always sung in choirs. Even when it was something to be laughed at or made fun of ... And I was always the kid who was picked at the Christmas concert to sing the solo."
"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."
Weiland joined Velvet Revolver. He appeared on their hit albums Contraband (2004) and Libertad (2007) before leaving the group. Weiland reunited with Stone Temple Pilots in 2008, but the band fired him in 2013. He has also released several solo albums.
Born on October 27, 1967, in Santa Cruz, California, singer-songwriter Scott Weiland is known for his success with such rock groups as Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. He has also become equally famous for his struggles with drug addiction over the years. Weiland's parents split up when he was quite young, and he spent much of his early life in Ohio with his mother and stepfather. He showed an interest in singing at a young age. He later told Esquire magazine, "I had always sung in choirs. Even when it was something to be laughed at or made fun of ... And I was always the kid who was picked at the Christmas concert to sing the solo."
While in Ohio, Weiland had a traumatic experience around the age of 12: He was raped by a high school student who threatened him into silence, he later revealed. In his mid-teens, Weiland moved back to California. He started his first band in high school, and quickly became more interested in playing gigs and partying than studying. According to Esquire, Weiland made his first trip to rehab after his mother and stepfather discovered drugs in his room.
In 1987, Weiland formed Mighty Joe Young with Robert DeLeo. The band eventually evolved into what is now known as Stone Temple Pilots, with other members including Robert's brother, Dean DeLeo, and Eric Kretz. Often compared to such grunge rock acts as Pearl Jam and Soundgarten, STP released their debut album, Core, in 1992. The recording featured their first hit, "Plush," which made the charts during the summer of 1993. The song also earned Weiland and his bandmates a Grammy Award for best hard rock performance with vocal.
With their next effort, Purple (1994), STP continued to thrive, "Interstate Love Song," featured on the album, became one of the band's biggest successes of all time. As a rock star, Weiland took his partying lifestyle to the extreme. He was arrested for drug possession in 1995, and eventually received a suspended sentence. This brush with the law did little to quell Weiland's appetite for drugs. At one point, he spent time living in a Los Angeles hotel, shooting up drugs with fellow rocker Courtney Love. Weiland's personal troubles impacted the group's ability to tour in support of their 1996 release, Tiny Music ... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop. Subsequently, he and the band parted ways for a time.
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