Stone Temple Pilots Honor Scott Weiland With Song Release
Stone Temple Pilots have paid tribute to their late former frontman Scott Weiland by sharing a previously unreleased version of their song “Atlanta.” The rocker died of an accidental overdose earlier this month while on tour with his band The Wildabouts in Bloomington, Minnesota.
His former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots, bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, have now honored his memory by sharing a version of “Atlanta” which showcases Weiland’s vocal talent. “Atlanta” was originally recorded for the band’s 1999 album No. 4. “We put the master up of a song called “Atlanta” from the No. 4 record that we feel really highlights the true brilliance of Scott,” the bandmates said in a statement released to Rolling Stone. “Together let’s honor Scott… Having the opportunity to listen to these tracks individually reveal the beauty of Scott’s lyrical and melodic gift. This is one of the many musical moments we shared together. It is in this way we would like to remember Scott.” In an accompanying video which shows the band in a recording studio, Robert said, “When you hear this track, we hope to share in the same feeling and spirit each of us had while recording it. The four of us, in a room, capturing a moment in time on tape.” Kretz added, “This is one song in particular that hits me the same way that it did the day that we recorded it. I love how he crafts such great lyrics, the melody, and the true and honest tone in his voice. It’s truly something special.” “It really is remarkable, what he came up with,” Dean DeLeo concluded.