Hey! Guess who’s dishing it out this week. Bruce is on safari somewhere else in the great Gulf Coast region watching some kin get hitched. Well, only one’s actually related to him, just to be clear.
In case you haven’t noticed, I like rock music and auto racing. My past fill-ins on the Frog have pulled cheesecake from both realms.
That said, I’m mindful of the need to be topical; to tie our weekly treat to something happening now. An early scan of the movie releases was blockbuster free.
Then last night, tragedy struck. Scott Weiland, on the road with Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, died on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minn. He was 48.
For my money, and I spent it, he was the best frontman of his generation; simultaneously unhinged and precise in both voice and presence.
I met him once briefly. It was backstage after the show on what I call The Siblings tour, Stone Temple Pilots’ 1994 outing in support of second album ‘Purple’ with Meat Puppets and Redd Kross in tow. [Geddit? Siblings? Dean and Robert DeLeo. Curt and Cris Kirkwood. Jeff and Steven McDonald.]
The DeLeos were pure class. Drummer Eric Kretz was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met in that setting. Scott arrived long after his bandmates. He was wearing a pink boa and oversized sunglasses, sipping a bright green frozen drink from an oversize Hurricane-type glass through a straw. 100% rock star. Not friendly. Not a dick. Clearly lit. He was his own universe.
Fast-forward 11 years and not much had changed, other than the band. He was now fronting Velvet Revolver. I caught their Houston stop and had the rarest of thoughts as I was leaving the building: If that’s the last rock show I ever see, I’ll be fine. It was that good. And yeah, Slash and the rest of the band were all badasses in their own right, but a big chunk of the greatness was down to the man in front. Scott Weiland.
Sarah Michelle Gellar? I had to stay on point somehow (this is still LinkFrogging, after all) and she meets all the requirements to occupy the top of the page, tied in by her performance in STP’s ‘Sour Girl’ video from 2000 release ‘No. 4’.
Enjoy the links below, including the pro-shot video of Velvet Revolver’s full 2005 Houston performance.
RIP Scott. You were great.
See Weiland at work - LIVE! Houston 2005
or try this one in Philly from the same tour
or one record later at Rock Am Ring
…and share some thoughts and memories
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