Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire Singer and Co-Founder Has Died at Age 74

SADLY, ANOTHER MUSIC GIANT HAS PASSED AWAY …

Maurice White, singer and co-founder of the legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire has died at age 74. White died in Los Angeles, CA after battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992. The band had so many great hits, including “Shining Star,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Got To Get You into My Life,” and “After the Love has Gone.” Sadly Maurice White has passed; however, the sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire will live on forever. Easily EW&F are one of my top 50 bands of all-time. Maurice White, Rest in Peace.

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Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. A rep for the band confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone. He was 74.

The singer had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992, according to TMZ. His health had reportedly deteriorated in recent months. Because of the disease, he had not toured with the pioneering soul and R&B group since 1994. He nevertheless remained active on the business side of the group.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” White’s brother and bandmate Verdine wrote in a statement. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Boogie Wonderland

“The light is he, shining on you and me,” the band added on Twitter.

White, who formed the group with Verdine in 1969, helped innovate a lush, eclectic style with Earth, Wind and Fire that drew inspiration from funk, jazz, R&B and Latin music – as well as Sly Stone and James Brown – for a unique sound that set the tone for soul music in the Seventies. The springy, elastic soul-pop of “Shining Star,” which White co-wrote, earned them their first Number One, and paved the way for hits like the joyful “Sing a Song,” the percussive and brassy “September,” their swinging cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” and the robotic disco of “Let’s Groove.” Rolling Stone included the group’s sweetly smooth 1975 single, “That’s the Way of the World,” on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Earth, Wind & Fire Bandmates Call Maurice White ‘A Consummate Perfectionist

White — who died Thursday (Feb. 4) at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease — formed the band in 1969, after a tenure as the drummer in the Ramsey Lewis Trio and a short run with his own band, the Salty Peppers. White was EWF’s visionary and conceptualizer, its chief songwriter and producer, as well as the focal point of one of the tightest, hottest-stepping frontlines in pop music.

Over time, White nurtured his younger brother, bassist Verdine White, and singer Philip Bailey as EWF leaders as well, taking over day-to-day operations when he trimmed back his role. But White remained a presence and guiding light in EWF’s world, and back in mid-January — when EWF’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honor was announced — Verdine White and Philip Bailey reflected on his vision and legacy to Billboard:

Posted February 5, 2016 by
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Guitarist Paul Kantner and Co-Founder of Jefferson Airplane Dies at Age 74

ANOTHER MUSIC LEGEND HAS PASSED AWAY …

Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene and one of the founding members of the Jefferson Airplanes has passed away at the age of 74. According to accounts, Kantner suffered a heart attack earlier this week; however the cause of death was multiple organ failure brought on by septic shock.  The Jefferson Airplanes were one of the pioneering bands of the counterculture era psychedelic rock The Airplanes played at three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s; Monterey [VIDEO] (1967), Woodstock [VIDEO] (1969) and Altamont [VIDEO] (1969).  What a different era to be alive. The  Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

On a person note, I remember being turned on to the Jefferson Airplanes as a pre-teen by my older sister, a true flower child. And yes, she actually sis attend Woodstock. Of course I am not sure my parents were too happy, LOL. I was too young to completely understand the counter-culture movement, nor all the music was about drugs, I just loved the music. You will be missed Paul, Rest in Peace.

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Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, one of the definitive San Francisco psychedelic groups of the 1960s, and the guiding spirit of its successor, Jefferson Starship, died. He was 74.

The cause was multiple organ failure brought on by septic shock, his publicist, Cynthia Bowman, said.

Mr. Kantner died just weeks after it was announced that Jefferson Airplane would receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award next month.

Jefferson Airplane -White Rabbit

Mr. Kantner, who started as a folk singer, had a mellow baritone voice that blended ideally with the penetrating tenor of the group’s founder, Marty Balin, and the powerful mezzo of Grace Slick, who joined the band after its first album. He played a steady rhythm guitar that anchored the freak-out style of the group’s lead guitarist, Jorma Kaukonen, and the adventurous bass lines of Jack Casady.

“Paul was the catalyst that brought the whole thing together,” Mr. Kaukonen said in an interview on Thursday. “He had the transcendental vision and he hung onto it like a bulldog. The band would not have been what it was without him.”

He was a prolific songwriter, teaming with Mr. Balin on some of the group’s best-known songs, including “Today,” “Young Girl Sunday Blues” and “Volunteers.” He wrote most of the songs on the freewheeling “After Bathing at Baxter’s,” the group’s third album and in the opinion of many critics its best, and contributed the title song to the fourth, “Crown of Creation.”

Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74.

With Jefferson Airplane, Mr. Kantner pioneered what became known as the San Francisco sound in the mid-1960s, with such hits as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”

The Airplane was renowned for thrilling vocal gymnastics by singers Marty Balin, Grace Slick and Mr. Kantner, the psychedelic blues-rock sound developed by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady and the LSD-spiked, ’60s-era revolutionary fervor of its lyrics.

The band was formed in 1965 in a Union Street bar called the Drinking Gourd, when Balin met Mr. Kantner and expressed his interest in creating a “folk-rock” band. It didn’t take long for the Airplane to attract a sizable local following, enough so that when fledgling promoter Bill Graham opened his legendary Fillmore Auditorium, the Jefferson Airplane served as the first headliner.

Posted January 29, 2016 by
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Eagles Co-Founder & Musci Icon Glenn Frey Has Passed Away at Age 67 … RIP

OMG, ANOTHER MUSIC GIANT HAS DIED FAR TOO EARLY … THE LIGHTS ARE A LITTLE LESS BRIGHT TODAY AT THE HOTEL CALIFORNIA.

Glenn Frey, the co-founder and guitarist of The Eagles has passed away at age 67 in New York City. Frey co-wrote most of the legendary Eagles songs that we all know so well and grew up with.  And then there is an entire generation of people who are saying Eagles who, we know him for the soundtrack and his recurring role from Miami Vice. No matter what the case, Music just lost another one of their giants and far too young. This one hurts. The Eagles broke up in the 80′s and thankfully “hell froze over” in 1994 when the Eagles got back together for their monster Hell Freezes Over tour and recorded music till the end.

We’re told the cause of death was a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months and had surgery in November. We’re told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse. He died in New York City.

Glenn co-wrote and sang on most of the Eagles hits, including “Take It Easy,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Heartache Tonight,” to name a few. He also co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Don Henley and took home 6 Grammys with the band.

Tequila Sunrise

From The Eagles comes the following,

It Is With The Heaviest of Hearts That We Announce …

the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.

Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.

Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.

Don Henley issued a statement following the news, in which he called Frey “the one who started it all.”

Henley praised his fellow musician’s work ethic, “encyclopedic” knowledge of music, and devotion to his family. Read Henley’s moving and profound statement below:

“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.

“But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything.

A great tribute at Instapundit.

Fantastic Glenn Frey interview from 1992

Legendary Musician David Bowie Dies at 69, Rest in Peace

THIS MORNING I WOKE UP STUNNED AND SADDENED …

David Bowie, one of my all-time favorite musicians, has passed away at the age of 69. According to reports, Ziggy Star Dust died after an 18-month battle with cancer. Honestly, I never knew he had it. Bowie had just released his last album, “Blackstar,” this past Friday on his birthday. His music spanned so many generations and Bowie kept reinventing himself and his music. See David Bowie in concert was more than a concert, it was an epic event. The man was a music legend with more fantastic songs than most band have songs. In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single “Fame” and the hit album Young Americans. But that is not before the glam rocker had such huge hits as  ”Space Oddity” and “Star Man.” However, probably my favorites are probable “Changes” and “Heroes”. But there are just too many to pick from. Then there was the MTV years where Bowie hit it big with “Let’s Dance,” “Modern Love” and “China Girl.”

You will be missed, Rest in Peace.

David Bowie – Space Oddity

David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

Mr. Bowie’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning.

He died after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to a statement on Mr. Bowie’s social-media accounts.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family,” a post on his Facebook page read.

Mr. Bowie wrote songs, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut. His music was always a mutable blend: rock, cabaret, jazz and what he called “plastic soul,” but it was suffused with genuine soul. He also captured the drama and longing of everyday life, enough to give him No. 1 pop hits like “Let’s Dance.”

David Bowie – Changes

The Guardian – The legendary musician known for musical innovation and experimentation with his image died 18 months after being diagnosed with cancer.

The singer’s death was confirmed in a Facebook post on his official page: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Writing on Twitter, Bowie’s son, the film director Duncan Jones, 44, said: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true.” The news came as a shock to some, who were initially sceptical, but Bowie’s publicist, Steve Martin, told the Reuters news agency: “It’s not a hoax.”

David Bowie – Heroes

More from the NY Times obit:

Born David Robert Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, in South London, Mr. Bowie was a person of relentless reinvention. He emerged in the late 1960s with the voice of a rock belter but with the sensibility of a cabaret singer, steeped in the dynamics of stage musicals. He was Major Tom, the lost astronaut in his career-making 1969 hit “Space Oddity.”

He was Ziggy Stardust, the otherworldly pop star at the center of his 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.”

He was the self-destructive Thin White Duke and the minimalist but heartfelt voice of the three albums he recorded in Berlin in the ’70s, often considered his greatest work: “Low,” “ ‘Heroes’ ” and “Lodger.”

The arrival of MTV in the 1980s was the perfect complement to Mr. Bowie’s sense of theatricality and fashion. “Ashes to Ashes,” the “Space Oddity” sequel that revealed “we know Major Tom’s a junkie,” and “Let’s Dance,” which offered, “Put on your red shoes and dance the blues,” gave him worldwide popularity.

Mr. Bowie was his generation’s standard-bearer for rock as theater: something constructed and inflated yet sincere in its artifice, saying more than naturalism could. With a voice that dipped down to baritone and leaped into falsetto, he was complexly androgynous, an explorer of human impulses that could not be quantified.

 David Bowie – Starman (1972)

 

Posted January 11, 2016 by
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Country Singer Craig Strickland of Backroad Anthem Missing, 22 Year Old Friend Chase Morland Found Dead After Duck-Hunting Trip (Update: Craig Strickland Found Deceased)

Country singer Craig Strickland, the lead singer of the Arkansas-based country-rock band Backroad Anthem, and his friend, 22 year old Chase Morland have been missing over the weekend. The two failed to return from duck-hunting on Kaw Lake in Oklahoma.

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Backroad Anthem

@Backroad Anthem

Chase Morland posted the below ominous tweet prior to the two going missing. How bizarre.

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Authorities are searching for a member of a country rock band, after he and a friend disappeared while on a hunting trip on an Oklahoma lake.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, troopers began searching for 29-year-old Craig Strickland and 22-year-old Chase Morland, after the pair did not return from a duck hunting trip on Kaw Lake.

On Sunday night, a capsized boat was discovered, but the hunters were nowhere to be found.

Fox News is reporting that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a 22-year-old man has been recovered on Monday afternoon and a second man is missing after the two went duck hunting and their boat capsized.

NBC News:

Country singer Craig Strickland has been declared missing following a duck-hunting trip in stormy conditions with a friend who turned up dead.

Officials began searching for Strickland — lead singer of country-rock group Backroad Anthem — and his 22-year-old friend Chase Morland on Sunday after they failed to return from duck-hunting on Kaw Lake, according to NBC affiliate KFOR.

Morland’s body was found in the lake on Monday, according to a statement from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

It said late Monday that the search for Strickland, 29, had been called off until morning due to bad weather and fading light.

UPDATE I: Body of Craig Strickland Found. Wife: Craig Strickland died from hypothermia

Hours after news broke Monday that Backroad Anthem lead singer Craig Strickland’s body was found, after having gone missing on a hunting trip over the holidays, his loved ones posted emotional tributes on Facebook and Instagram.

“Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate,” wrote the country band, comprised of Toby Freeman, Eric Dysart, Josh Bryant, Brandon Robold and Isaac Sentr. “Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn’t be matched.”

“We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father,” wrote his wife, Helen Strickland, on Instagram.

Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Has Died at 70 … Rest in Peace to a Heavy Metal Rock Legend (Video)

SAYING GOOD MY TO A TRUE ROCK AND ROLLER …

Lemmy Kilmister, the founding member and frontman of Motörhead, has dies at the age of 70. Sadly, Kilmister passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. The WAPO described Lemmy as follows, “a voice like shrapnel and a bass tone to match. A steady diet of rock ‘n’ roll and rebellion, fueled by, until not so long ago, a bottle of Jack Daniels per day and sexual escapades too numerous to count. Plus: muttonchops.” Yeah, and your point? Lemmy Kilmister did it his way and I have to admit, Motörhead was one of my guilty pleasures. When you want to blow off some steam, hear some serious rock and crank the music at 11, Motörhead was on that playlist. Rest in Peace Lemmy Kilmister.

WWE pays tribute to The Ace of Spades

Lemmy Kilmister, the founding member and frontman of Motörhead, and a leading figure in hard rock’s resurgence in the late ’70s and its endurance since, has died of cancer, according to the band’s Facebook page. He was 70 years old.

“There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Kilmister passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,” the band wrote on Facebook, adding that the rock veteran had just learned of his condition on December 26th (two days after his birthday), while at home with his family, “sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow… We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”

The man known to most as simply Lemmy was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Staffordshire, England, and founded Motörhead in 1975. In his long tenure as the group’s singer, bassist and primary songwriter — he was its sole remaining original member — Lemmy became a heavy metal icon; though the group’s hard-charging approach also nodded to punk, and appealed to its fans.

Kilmister, whose gruff vocals and pummeling bass were central to that sound, cut a distinctive presence offstage as well, with his mutton chops and prominent facial moles. He appeared in a number of films and video games, and inspired a titular 2010 documentary that featured such admirers as Dave Navarro, Alice Cooper, Nikki Sixx and Slash.

Ace of Spades

Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Dies at 70.

A rock and roll hellraiser par excellence, the British musician was a member of Hawkwind in the early 1970s before founding Motorhead. The band’s biggest hit was “Ace of Spades” in 1980.

Always cutting a distinctive figure with his giant mutton-chops, large facial moles and low-slung Rickenbacker bass, Kilmister was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Staffordshire, England. A rock and roll lifer from the moment he saw the Beatles at Liverpool’s Cavern Club as a teenager, Kilmister played in a variety of British bands during the 1960s, briefly served as a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and played bass in space rock outfit Hawkwind from 1972 to ’75 (when he was fired after being arrested for drug possession at the U.S.-Canada border). But it’s as the founder and lone constant member of Motorhead that most of his legend relies.

The rare group to be revered by metalheads and punks in equal measure, Motorhead’s compulsion to push rock music to its fastest, loudest and most primal form left a profound influence on thrash and speed metal, though Kilmister himself always insisted that the band should be described purely as rock and roll. Famously laying out his ambitions for the group to become “the dirtiest rock and roll band in the world; if we moved in next door, your lawn would die,” Kilmister sang with a guttural yet surprisingly melodic growl, and played bass in the style of a rhythm guitarist, heavy on distortion and power chords.

Motörhead – The Game / Live at WWF Wrestlemania XVII, 2013

Trans-Siberian Orchestra from Boston MA 12/20/2014

If you have never seen TSO, I suggest you make a point to see them. They are phenomenal, the music and light show is beyond words … you will not be disappointed.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2015 FROM SCARED MONKEYS … JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD HAS COME … “A Savior has Been Born to You”

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FROM SCARED MONKEYS …

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On this most joyous of special days we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and to ask all to always remember the true reason for the season. As you are unwrapping presents, partaking in some eggnog, spending time with family, friends and loved ones, having your holiday feast and experiencing the joy of this day, always keep in mind the true reason for the season because  on this joyous day …  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

May everyone have a joyous and blessed day!!!

Joy to the World, the Lord has Come … Wishing all a very Merry Christmas on this blessed day!!!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger (Luke 2:10-16)

Joy to the World – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I just wanted to share some of my most favorite Christmas songs. Remembering back when I was a child we would go the the Christmas service on Christmas Eve and the congregation would sing everyone’s favorite hymns. Believe it or not we also used to go Christmas caroling in the town as well. Those were the days!

Nat King Cole – Away In A Manger

 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Jewel

Oh Holy Night -Charlotte  Church 

Silent Night – Bing Crosby

 Angels We Have Heard On High- Andrea Bocelli & David Foster

David Foster – CAROL OF THE BELLS, 1993

“O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) – Luciano Pavarotti

The First Noel – University of Utah Singers

Have you Heard “An American with A Remington” by Larry Gatlin and Billy Dean? (VIDEO)

 ”AN AMERICAN WITH A REMINGTON” … 

By any chance have you heard the song, “An American with a Remington”? If not, take a listen below and let us know what you think. Its a song by country greats Larry Gatling of the Gatling Brothers fame and Billy Dean. The song was written in response to radical Islamic terror attacks and innocents having their heads cut off at the hands of ISIS. As Larry Gatlin said, “I really pissed us off”.  From Billboard comes the Gatlin Brothers defending their so-called controversial song about guns. Please, its not controversial, people in this country have become too gutless and sensitive and are offended about everything.

Gatlin — who is a frequent guest commentator on the Fox News network — also pushes a few buttons with the candid “An American With a Remington,” which the singer co-wrote with Billy Dean. “We’d been watching TV one night and saw the bad guys burning people alive in cages and cutting their heads off because they wouldn’t convert to Islam. We didn’t like that. A week later, he said he had an idea for a song. We wrote it and put it on Facebook and got 16 million hits. Then, we decided to let some friends of ours do it because they were a bigger act than us, but their record company wouldn’t let them put it out. I was mad about it for about five seconds until I realized that we were supposed to record it.

I think this pretty much says it all for how most Americans feel when it comes to deal with terrorism and those that what to affect out way of life. Most Americans are live and let live. But if you screw with us, you will feel our wrath. One of the lines from the song goes, “Hey, I wanna live in peace, but you come after my family, You’ll be staring down the barrel of my gun An American with a Remington.”

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

An American With A Remington

By Billy Dean and Larry Gatlin

Dear worthless, gutless cowards
You say I must convert or die
Well I guess you gonna have to kill me
Least you’re gonna have to try

Does Lexington and Concorde
Mean anything to you?
How about Bunker Hill, San Juan Hill
Or the Island Peleliu?

You’re not the first who’s ever tried to kill me
What makes you think I would turn and run?
You underestimate these United States
And the righteous might of people standing as one

We exist to fan the flame of freedom
We’ve fought and bled and died, we overcome
Hey, I wanna live in peace, but you come after my family
You’ll be staring down the barrel of my gun

An American with a Remington

Now that rifle helped put food on our table
When my Daddy came home from Viet Nam disabled
And like him I answered the call
And I was ready to give my all
In the mountains of Afghanistan

You’re not the first who’d ever want to kill me
What makes you think I would turn and run (I won’t turn and run)
You underestimate these United States
And the righteous might of people standing as one

We exist to fan the flame of freedom
We’ve fought and bled and died, we’ve overcome
I wanna live in peace, but you come after my family
You’ll be staring down the barrel of my gun

An American with a Remington
An American with a Remington
Yours truly
An American with a Remington

You’re not the first who’s ever tried to kill me…

An American with a Remington – The Gatlin Brothers

Of course and then there is Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democrats who want to take away your Second Amendment rights and take away your Remington’s.

Scott Weiland, Former Lead Singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolve Found Dead on Tour Bus in Minnesota

Damn, another rock star dies … Scott Weiland found dead on tour bus …

48 year old Scott Weiland, the former lead singer and front man of the Stone Temple Pilots and the Velvet Resolve was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota. Scott Weiland was on tour with his band Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts and according to reports was supposed to play a gig last night at the Medina Ballroom. As reported at the LA Times, the former lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots struggled with drug addiction. The Stone Temple Pilots were one of my favorite grunge bands of the 90′s. Sadly, Scott Weliand is dead at the age of 48.

Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland – RIP

Rock star Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota … TMZ has learned.

Weiland was on tour with his band Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts … they were supposed to play the Medina Ballroom tonight, but the show was cancelled. A source connected to the band tells us Scott was found Thursday night on the bus around 9 PM.

Police surrounded the bus, which was parked outside a motel in the town of Bloomington, MN. The Hennepin County Coroner now has Weiland’s body.

Facebook – Scott Weiland:

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.

Everyone is familiar with Plush, but her is some ‘Interstate Love Song,’ … RIP Scott Weiland

LA Times Obit:

Weiland was born Scott Kline in Santa Cruz on Oct. 27, 1967. At the age of 2, his parents divorced. He adopted the last name Weiland when his mother remarried and the family moved to a suburb of Cleveland. His biological father, a soda truck driver, remained in California.

“My childhood was green pastures and bee stings, learning to play baseball and football, living in a nice house, waiting — always waiting — for the start of summer so I could go to California and see my dad,” he wrote in his 2011 memoir, “Not Dead & Not for Sale.”

In a 1998 interview coinciding with the release of Weiland’s solo album “12 Bar Blues,” he told The Times that he had grown accustomed to the trappings of fame brought by Stone Temple Pilots.

“I used to feel guilty about my success, but I’m over that now,” Weiland said. “It’s like, hey, some people cook for a living and some people milk cows. I write songs.”

Stone Temple Pilots – Creep

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