Scott Weiland

Born: October 27, 1967
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Born in California, Weiland was actually raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio. By the age of 15, however, he returned to Los Angeles to find a punk scene that was about worn out, and a young, thriving heavy metal scene. All of the guys were growing long hair and wearing makeup, and wailing on guitars. Weiland met the DeLeo brothers through a mutual friend, and together they formed a band called Mighty Joe Young. Later, they changed their name to the Stone Temple Pilots, and they started emulating a sound that they heard coming out of Seattle. Like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana before them, they hit it big in the mid-90's with their grunge sound and catchy guitar riffs. They were signed to Atlantic Records, and released Core in 1992. It was a smash hit, and sold almost as many copies as Pearl Jam's monster debut album Ten. Songs like "Plush" and "Wicked Garden" made the album extremely likeable, and radio stations everywhere proceeded to wear the songs out. 1993's Purple was considered by most better than the first album, and sold just as well. The band was preparing to tour in support of the album, when the news went public that Weiland was a heroin addict, and he needed to spend time in a rehabilitation clinic. This he did, and came out of the rehab sober and ready to go. In 1994, they released Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, which featured the hits "Big Bang Baby" and "Lady Picture Show," and proved that Weiland still had star influence, even in the face of a heroin addiction that almost ravaged him. But, time lapsed, and again Weiland slipped off the bandwagon, and went into rehabilitation to overcome addiction. The rest of the band, tired of patiently waiting, put out a release under the name Talk Show, and Weiland went to work on a solo album titled 12 Bar Blues. Both received little fanfare. In 1999, they came together again to release No. 4, which proved to be another huge hit for the Pilots. It produced hits such as "Sour Girl," and this time they actually supported the album with a successful tour.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Songwriter Vocals

Grunge 1990's Alternative

Bands That Scott Weiland Has Played For:
Stone Temple Pilots

Scott Weiland Has Worked With:
Robert DeLeo Dean DeLeo Eric Krez

Scott Weiland Was Influenced By:
David Bowie Mick Jagger

Artists That Were Influenced By Scott Weiland:
Chester Bennington
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