MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Cocaine, Heroin, and Backing Tracks

History Lesson


On this day in in 1995, Stone Temple Pilots eccentric lead singer, Scott Weiland, was arrest in Pasadena, California on  cocaine and heroin possession charges. It was the first of his several drug-related arrests. Weiland claims that he was first introduced to heroin when vocalist Gibby Haynes gave Weiland some of the drug while Stone Temple Pilots was on tour with Hayne’s Butthole Surfers (oh…the band names in the 1990s). Haynes denies Weiland’s allegations.

Scott Weiland formed Stone Temple Pilots in 1992. STP would go on to record six albums, none bigger than 1994’s Purple. Featuring such hits as “Vasoline,” Big Empty,” and “Interstate Love Song,” Purple was lifted to the top of the charts, being certified Platinum six times. However, after a failed solo attempt in 1998, a domestic abuse charge in 2001, and a high-profile on-stage spat with STP guitarist Dean DeLeo, STP called it quits in 2001. Weiland would go on to join former Guns N’ Roses members to form the radio-rock super-group, Velvet Revolver in 2003. After two Velvet Revolver albums, Weiland, Slash, and company put the group on the backburner. Weiland took that opportunity to reform Stone Temple Pilots in 2008, and the grunge outfit released their self-titled sixth album in 2010. All of the world’s middle-aged, backing track, rock fans rejoiced!

Written by Michael Meeze (follow him on Twitter)

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