Stone Temple Pilots and me

So the wife comes downstairs Friday morning and says, “guess who died?”

What a great game to play with breakfast, huh?

Without any other hints, my first answer was Ric Flair, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Then she told me Scott Weiland died. I was bummed.

But I wasn’t surprised in the slightest.

Anyone who loved Stone Temple Pilots or paid attention to Weiland knew that drugs would be his undoing. It wasn’t a matter of if but when. It’s sad but let’s be honest, I’m surprised it didn’t happen a long time ago.

I’m sure a lot of people will be playing Stone Temple Pilots this weekend to take a stroll down 90s memory lane, and that’s great, but I guess in some ways I never stopped strolling down that alley since STP hasn’t left my side since the beginning.

A lot of my friends were listening to either Pearl Jam/Metallica or REM/Radiohead, so naturally I started listening too. You couldn’t avoid them and those bands mean a lot to me too, but STP was a band that I felt I discovered myself.

Look, I know STP was just as mainstream as the others but I fell in love with STP from the radio, not from my friends, so it felt more organic, like I had found some awesome that no one else knew about.

I bought Core and to this day is still one of the most solid 90s rock records you can find. Purple wasn’t anything to sneeze at either…both loaded with hits.Tiny Music…well, that’s where STP first dropped the ball if you ask me. I remember buying that record at Sun TV because of the “Big Bang Baby”single. I figured their last two records were great, why should the third be any different? I guess they can’t all be classics, right?

Nonetheless, Stone Temple Pilots has remained with me for more than 20-years now. I mean it. Whether it was a mixed CD or MP3 playlist or whatever…STP is always in there. A lot of the other bands I love get tired after a while but not STP. You can throw on “Plush” at anytime and it’s a great song…and you can play it over and over without losing any of its magic. It’s easily a Top 5 song for me.

Now, Scott Weiland…good frontman and a good singer, but it never felt like he was bigger than the music he made. Yet unfortunately when you say “Scott Weiland,” I’d be a lying if I didn’t say the first thing that enters my mind is “drugs.” Poor guy…but I guess he lasted longer than some of his peers.

Yet, if nothing else, his passing proves that the music of Stone Temple Pilots was great from the start and still holds up. Their music won’t become better because of his death, unlike Nirvana’s.

Whenever I hear about a rock star dying I always think about the legacy they leave with their music. He may have had his problems but 10, 20, 30 years from now his music will still be played and it will have still made a difference to millions of people like myself. It’s just a reminder that it doesn’t matter what problems you have in your life if you’re able to leave behind something that will make a difference.

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