SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose says that the recent passing of Scott Weiland was “a big loss” for the music world.
Rose and his SEVENDUST bandmates, who are all “huge fans” of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, shared the stage with Weiland at a U.S. festival “probably less than two months ago.” The drummer told Australia’s Sticks For Stones: “It’s a big loss, you know. Yet another one of the people that we grew up on and just a real sad story. Just a real sad ending, and, you know, oh, man. It hit everybody pretty hard here, but we’ve dealt with this loss now too many times — whether it be self-inflicted or whether it be by the hands of somebody else. We’ve lost a handful of our really close friends and people we consider our colleagues and part of our little family.”
Asked if Weiland “seemed all right” when SEVENDUST crossed paths with him last, Rose said: “You know, he was doing a signing before us, so we, basically, we said our hellos and goodbyes really quick, because they were taking off and we were going to do a signing and then play. You know, he looked okay. He looked… I wouldn’t have expected that this would have been happening, necessarily. I know that he had his demons…”
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis, near where the former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer was found dead on his tour bus in early December, said Weiland died of a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol. The toxicology report released Friday shows Scott overdosed on cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA; also known as “sally” or “the love drug,” and chemically related to the drug ecstasy) and ethanol. The medical examiner also noted a history of cardiovascular disease, asthma and multi-substance dependence.
SEVENDUST is among the nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 15, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
The band’s eleventh studio album, “Kill The Flaw”, debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 21,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8.