There is word circulating online tonight that former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland has died.
Dave Navarro tweeted the news a little after midnight on the East Coast. “So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight,” Navarro writes.
Weiland was 48 years old. Billboard is also reporting on the tweet from Navarro, and Consequence of Sound is relaying a local San Diego news report that the singer was found unconscious on his tour bus.
UPDATE: 12:39 a.m.: A publicist of Weiland’s has confirmed the news to Vanyaland.
UPDATE 1:17 a.m.: Scott Weiland’s official Facebook page posted the following message: “Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
With Weiland at the helm in the ’90s, Stone Temple Pilots were one of the biggest alt-rock bands of the time and sold more than 40 million albums around the world. In the 2000s, Weiland fronted rock and roll supergroup Velvet Revolver with ex-Guns N’ Roses players Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and their 2004 debut album, Contraband, sold four million copies. Vanyalandinterviewed the flamboyant frontman back in March, when Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts played Brighton Music Hall in Boston.
Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.