Scott Weiland at Ricochet Lounge December 2
Stone Temple Pilots are widely considered one of the most prolific rock groups of the '90s. The band has sold about 40 million records, released more than a dozen Top 10 singles, and even won a Grammy for "Plush," 1994's Best Hard Rock Performance. Similarly, Velvet Revolver won Best Hard Rock Performance for "Slither," a track off the supergroup's multiplatinum debut, a decade later. What's the common thread? Frontman Scott Weiland. After leaving Stone Temple Pilots in the early '00s, Weiland fronted Velvet Revolver until 2008, the year he reunited with STP. This Sunday, he'll perform the best of both bands' catalogues at Ricochet as part of his solo tour. The fact that Weiland can still tour is both a blessing and a mystery. The 45-year-old musician has had a long, public battle with drug addiction, which he's written about in his music and 2011 memoir, Not Dead and Not for Sale. "The opiate took me to where I'd always dreamed of going," he writes, recalling the first time he snorted heroin. "I can't name the place, but I can say that I was undisturbed and unafraid, a free-floating man in a space without demons and doubts." Here's to Weiland's recovery.
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