It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, I sat up at 3 a.m with my dear friend Brendan, digesting the news that Scott Weiland had died. To most it was no surprise, considering the life he had led. However, there is a certain attraction to darker figures in music that seems to appeal to me. The struggle with our inner demons that some seem to almost flaunt from within their art and music that pulls me in. Scott’s story was certainly that of love, loss, and addiction. A rock n’ roll poster child for all things dangerous, including heroin and alcoholism. Certainly not footsteps I would encourage anyone to follow, but a musical path and legacy that I can’t look away from. In fact, his death has made his career and music all the more interesting to me. Not glorifying it, but rather trying to understand why we give in to things that certainly take us away from the most important things in this life. Love, family, and an extremely wonderful career in rock n’ roll music that was destroyed, self-inflicted, and ripped away by the hands of addiction.
In honor of Scott, I’ve posted links to my favorite music of his entire career.
Rest In Peace.
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