Video footage of former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland's last-ever performance, which took place this past Tuesday, December 1 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada's Adelaide Hall, can be seen below.
Weiland died on Thursday night (December 3) at the age of 48. The singer was on tour with his band THE WILDABOUTS in Minnesota when he was found unresponsive on the group's tour bus shortly before 9:00 p.m. They had been scheduled to perform Thursday night at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota. However, that concert was canceled nine days ago because of slow ticket sales, according to StarTribune.com. The group was set to perform in Rochester on Friday (December 4) at the Wicked Moose.
A cause of death has yet to be determined for Weiland, but the singer's long history of substance and alcohol abuse has been well documented over the years. His manager issued a statement saying, "Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band THE WILDABOUTS. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott's family be respected."
Weiland's latest album and first with THE WILDABOUTS, "Blaster", was released earlier this year on March 31. The band's guitarist, Jeremy Brown, died the night before the album's release on March 30.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Weiland's performances on the subsequent tour were marked by erratic stage behavior, missed cues, wrong lyrics, off-key vocals and sluggish movements, leading fans to fear that the singer had fallen off the wagon yet again, although he was reportedly on point and in superb voice and form at several recent shows this fall.
By the time STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' 1996 third album, "Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop", was released, Weiland was locked in what would be a long struggle with drugs that forced the cancelation of much of the group's 1996/1997 tour schedule.
He was convicted of buying crack cocaine in 1995 and sentenced to one year's probation. He was arrested several more times over the years, for DUI and once for domestic violence, did a five-month jail stint in 1999 and went into rehab in early 2008. He claimed in recent years to have kicked heroin for good in 2002.
During this period, STP released two more albums, 1999's "No. 4" and 2002's "Shangri-La-Dee-Da" before going on hiatus after Weiland and the DeLeo brothers reportedly came to blows backstage during the "Family Values" tour.
Weiland then joined VELVET REVOLVER, the band featuring GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. The group recorded two albums, 2004's "Contraband" and 2007's "Libertad", before Weiland was dismissed in April 2008.
Shortly thereafter, STP regrouped and announced a 73-date U.S. tour that was a large success and continued into 2009. The band recorded and released its self-titled sixth album in 2010.
But STP began to have problems with Weiland once again in 2012, stemming from erratic behavior and late or missed performances, and fired him in early 2013, replacing him until this fall with LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington. Weiland and the band sued each other, eventually reaching a settlement.
Weiland's solo albums included 1998's "12 Bar Blues", 2008's "'Happy' In Galoshes", a 2011 collection of Christmas songs called "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", and "Blaster", which is now his final released work.