A look back at the music of Scott Weiland

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scottweilandchristmasRock music lost a beloved singer and frontman on Thursday night when Scott Weiland passed away in his sleep before a scheduled tour stop in Minnesota. Weiland was 48 years old.

Weiland left behind an impressive body of work as he participated in a variety of projects over the years. Here’s a look back at some notable musical moments from Weiland’s career.

The introduction to Weiland for many rock fans was “Sex Type Thing,” the debut single from Stone Temple Pilots off their album Core. The album was panned by some critics but went on to be very successful among fans. Core sold over 8 million copies.

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The biggest hit from Core was “Plush,” which quickly became a radio staple. Here’s an acoustic version of the song from STP’s MTV Unplugged appearance.

STP’s much-anticipated follow-up album Purple showed the band starting to move away from the grungy sound that dominated Core. It was still a success and produced yet another radio staple that you still hear today in “Interstate Love Song.”

STP’s next album Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop was a big departure from their previous work. Their popularity lessened a bit but the critical acclaim began to grow.

Weiland had his ups and downs with STP as well as his own battles with substance abuse. The band split up in 2002, reunited in 2008, then moved on without Weiland in 2013 with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington in Weiland’s place. Weiland moved ahead with other projects, most notably Velvet Revolver, which saw him teaming up with former members of Guns n’ Roses to create some high quality hard rock.

Weiland also released multiple solo albums, including, interestingly enough, an album of Christmas songs, called The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Needless to say, it showed a different side of Weiland.

Weiland’s most recent project was a solo album with his band The Wildabouts, with whom he was touring at the time of his death. The Wildabouts released an album, Blaster, in March of 2015.

Weiland had a number of unique live performances with other acclaimed artists. Here’s a look at Weiland with The Doors as part of a VH1 special in 2000:

Weiland teamed up with Cyndi Lauper for this performance of his solo track “Barbarella”:

And here’s a look at Weiland with Alice In Chains, performing “Angry Chair”:

Here’s a look at one of Weiland’s final live moments from a show with The Wildabouts on December 1.

Here are a few links of interest regarding Weiland:
Ultimate Classic Rock – Rockers react to Weiland’s death
Esquire: Scott Weiland’s 10 favorite bands
Rolling Stone: 20 essential Scott Weiland songs
-Rolling Stone: Scott Weiland – The Lost Q&A

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