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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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In 1998, Weiland released his first solo album, 12 Bar Blues. The subsequent tour proved to be a disaster for Weiland, with much of his time and energy spent on feeding his addictions. He reunited with Stone Temples for No. 4 (1999), which featured the song "Sour Girl," allegedly about Weiland's breakup with his first wife, Janina Castenada. But Weiland wasn't in much of a position to promote the new record,
as he was sentenced to a year in prison for violating his parole.
After serving five months, a newly sober Weiland went back to work with STP. The band recorded Shangri-La Dee Da (2001) together, but Weiland split from the group shortly thereafter.
On the personal front, Weiland married his second wife, model Mary Forsberg, in 2000. The couple had two children together: Son Noah was born in November 2000, and daughter Lucy arrived two years later. The couple divorced in 2007.
In 2003, Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, a band made up mostly of former members of the legendary hard rock act Guns N' Roses; after guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum began jamming together, they decided to form GNR. The group brought Weiland in as their vocalist, and Dave Kushner joined as rhythm guitarist.
Even while starting up with this new group, Weiland continued to struggle with his demons. He was arrested for drug possession in May 2003, and was involved in a car crash while intoxicated on his birthday the following October. He was subsequently ordered by the court to undergo treatment for his substance abuse issues.
Despite his personal problems, Weiland enjoyed some success with Velvet Revolver. Both Contraband (2004) and Libertad (2007) did well on the rock charts. But Weiland ended up leaving Velvet Revolver and heading back into rehabilitation in 2008.
In 2008, Weiland reunited with STP for a tour. He then rejoined the group for its next studio album, 2010's Stone Temple Pilots. In addition to STP, Weiland released several solo efforts around this time, including 2008's "Happy" in Galoshes and 2010's Live in Los Angeles, which both met with little success. And critics were truly puzzled over his much maligned holiday album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2011).
Weiland shared his successes and struggles in the 2011 memoir Not Dead & Not for Sale. He was fired by STP in February 2013. According to The Associated Press, Weiland allegedly learned of his termination from the group after 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," the singer stated. Chester Bennington, longtime frontman for the rock band Linkin Park, was brought in as Weiland's replacement.
While no longer part of STP, Weiland continues to record and perform on his own. He went on tour in 2013 with his band the Wildabouts.
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