EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt paid tribute to late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland by performing an acoustic version of the STP classic “Creep” during last night’s (Wednesday, December 9) “Ultimate Jam Night” at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California. Check out video footage of his rendition below (filmed by California Rock News).
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.
In his 2011 autobiography “Not Dead & Not For Sale”, Weiland wrote: “I’m a tenacious drug addict. I give it up and I don’t give it up. I put it down and I pick it up. But I’m also a tenacious recoverer. I never quit trying to quit. That counts for something.”
Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS manager Scott Stewart, who handled the band from 1990 to 2000, told Alternative Nation, “What always struck me most about Scott was how alone he really was. For all the people and things he had around, I always felt he was somehow separated from people… I thought he’d always beat his demons, and maybe in the end, he finally did. My prayers are with his family and children.”