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Watch Scott Weiland rock The Spectrum with Stone Temple Pilots in 2000

Scott Weiland onstage at The Spectrum in 2000 | via YouTube user markit aneight
Scott Weiland onstage at The Spectrum in 2000 | via YouTube user markit aneight

If you’re a music fan of a certain age, your Facebook feed was probably aflurry today with news and remembrances of Scott Weiland, who died last night at age 48.

Weiland was a fascinating but troubled figure in modern rock. His struggles with drug addition made the road a rocky one for both Stone Temple Pilots (the band he founded with San Diego friends in the late 80s) and Velvet Revolver (his aughties supergroup featuring former members of Guns N’ Roses). The hyper-masculinity of his music was often read as misogyny, and in a handful of early interviews he found himself defending STP’s breakout 1992 hit “Sex Type Thing” – a song narrated so unsettlingly from the perspective of a rapist that its anti-rape message was not clear for everyone listening.

But there’s another way to remember Weiland, and that’s as a dynamic frontman. Continue reading →