Scott Weiland sat down for his last on-camera interview while on a tour stop in Toronto on Tuesday.
A video, uploaded Friday by Toronto rock station 102.1 The Edge, shows the former Stone Temple Pilots singer responding to a quick round of questions, ranging from his first and last tattoos to the first concert he ever attended.
“Beatlemania. I was about 12 years old,” Weiland said. “That had a big effect on me. The Beatles have always had a big effect on me.”
After the interview, he played what would be his last ever show, at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall. Weiland died in his sleep in Bloomington, Minn. two days later.
His band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts had been scheduled to play a show Thursday night in a nearby city, but it was cancelled at the last minute.
Weiland’s death was confirmed by his wife Jamie, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times.
The 48-year-old musician’s career rocketed as the frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots. They evolved their sound by dredging it though late ‘80s grunge, eventually becoming one of the top alt rock hitmakers of the early 2000s. They won a Grammy for their 1994 hit song “Plush” and picked up three other nominations for music's top award along the way.
After parting ways with Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland teamed up with with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan to form the supergroup, Velvet Revolver.
But as Velvet Revolver’s profile grew, Weiland relapsed and slipped into a familiar drug addiction. He detailed his wrestle with substance abuse and the trauma of being raped at age 12 in his memoir “Not Dead & Not For Sale,” published in 2014.
In a section, he recalled “running wild” during Velvet Revolver’s 2007 tour. “At the beginning of the tour, I was okay, but then a single line of coke in England did the trick. I snorted it. And soon the demons were back. Thus began another decline,” he wrote.
The cause of Weiland’s death remains unknown.
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