SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers kicked off their acoustic tour on December 4 in Destin, Florida by paying tribute to late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland with a performance of the STP classic "Big Empty". Fan-filmed video footage of their rendition can be seen below.
Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on December 3 at the age of 48. The suspected cause of death is cardiac arrest, although an official report has yet to be released.
A small amount of cocaine was found on the bus and Tommy Black, bassist for Scott's band THE WILDABOUTS, was arrested for possession.
Both of Scott's former bands, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER, issued statements on his passing, while musicians and fans around the world have also posted tributes.
SHINEDOWN has done acoustic shows throughout its career and Smith told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that it's always fun. "Yeah, we love it, man," he said. "We still don't strip the songs down, though, even when we play 'em acoustic. We still rock the hell out of 'em. But I mean, it's a lot more intimate, it gets more personal, you know, with the audience. They're like, it's really up close and, you know, it kind of gives the audience a chance to dive into the band's psyche and we love it. We love doin' it. We never say no to it."
In January 2014, the pair released a digital EP called "(Acoustic Sessions)" under the name SMITH & MYERS.
The EP contained covers of songs from THE CLASH, METALLICA, OTIS REDDING, THE BLACK CROWES, SOUL ASYLUM and KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD.
The final selection was chosen from thousands of submissions by fans and narrowed down through daily voting on Facebook.