Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots... that was the sound of rock radio for the decade twice previous.
I was sad, but not surprised. Scott was never able to successfully control the demons that eventually lead him astray of both STP and Revolver. Drugs are a hell of a thing and addiction is no laughing matter.
However, as it stands, we should honor the man for his artistic achievements and the profound affect he had on an entire generation of concert-goers with his charisma, good-looks and powerful voice.
For me, the band will always remind me of my college days.
It was in 2010 that STP initially reformed after a long hiatus. At the time, I was just a long-haired college senior who had just inherited the keys and creative direction of the school's alt-rock radio station. Their self-titled, return LP came across my desk along with many others that year. It was a return to form that I absolutely ate up and it soon found itself in heavy rotation.
Thus, now whenever I hear Scott's voice, I'm instantly transported back to long summer days, when I was getting paid to listen to and approve new music, while kicking back and reading Billboard Magazine. Yes, that was a PAID position.
So, thank you for that Mr. Weiland - your life had a profound affect on two generations of young ears.
I'll play you out with a few of my favorite cuts; first, the best song off of the aforementioned LP:
a show-stopping cover:
and my favorite, overall: