It’s a pitch-perfect tribute to a rocker who exited the stage too soon.
The three surviving founding members of Stone Temple Pilots posted a video honoring their former frontman Scott Weiland, who died on Dec. 3 from a toxic combination of cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol.
The seven-minute, 26-second video features guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz sitting in a studio, listening to the band’s classic track, “Atlanta,” and riffing on what made Weiland’s vocals so impactful.
Stone Temple Pilots members, from left, Eric Kretz, Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo listen to ‘Atlanta,’ an example of what they feel was one of late frontman Scott Weiland’s best vocal performances.
“We chose this song because we feel it represents one of the times in our career that Scott was truly at his best,” one of the band members says in a voiceover.
Recorded 16 years before the gravel-voiced singer was found dead on a tour bus outside a scheduled concert venue in Medina, Minn., the song’s soaring vocals are a reminder of the talent that may have become obscured in recent headlines.
Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on Dec. 3.
The 48-year-old had a history of addiction, heart disease and asthma that factored into his Dec. 3 death, a coroner found.
Weiland’s troubles led Stone Temple Pilots to break up in 2003, but his former bandmates clearly never lost their respect for the voice that propelled their hits, including “Interstate Love Song” and “Plush.”
“Touching would be an understatement,” DeLeo says at the end of the video.
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