Stone Temple Pilots are widely considered one of the most prolific rock groups of the 1990s. The band has sold about 40 million records, released over a dozen top ten 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 multi-platinum debut, a decade later.
What's the common thread? Frontman Scott Weiland.
After leaving Stone Temple Pilots is the early 2000s, Weiland fronted Velvet Revolver until 2008--the year that he reunited with STP.
He'll perform the best of both bands at Ricochet later this month 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, a lot of which he's written about in his music and 2011 memoir, Not Dead and Not for Sale.
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"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.
Scott Weiland. Sunday, December 2. Ricochet Lounge, 3250 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $40 plus fees via tunestub.com. Call 305-673-3873 or visit www.ricochetlounge.com.