Scott Weiland’s Hesitation To Join Velvet Revolver After Stone Temple Pilots

We have all watched movies featuring a main character who is highly sought after by rival gangs and groups, knowing that they will make a huge difference once they join their ranks. This is also true in the rock music scene, where several bands have vied for the talents of a select few musicians. One such musician was Scott Weiland, a rockstar known for his powerful vocals and larger-than-life stage presence.

Throughout his career, Weiland fronted the successful band Stone Temple Pilots and was later recruited as the lead vocalist for Velvet Revolver. However, it wasn’t easy for the prestigious lineup to convince Scott to join forces. Nonetheless, despite his initial hesitation to join the band, Weiland ultimately gave in. Let’s have a look at how it all unraveled.

In 2002, then-former Guns N’ Roses members, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, along with drummer Matt Sorum and former Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner, were looking for a singer to help form a new band. Scott had crossed paths with the four musicians throughout his career; he became friends with Duff after they bumped into each other at the gym, he once played on the same bill as Dave, and he was in rehab at the same time as Matt.

Still, Weiland was hesitant to join the band, even though it had a pretty cool lineup. The STP icon was sent two discs of material to work with but felt like the first one basically ‘sounded like Bad Company gone wrong.’ He felt more positive about the opportunity when he was sent the second disc, which he found similar to Core-era Stone Temple Pilots. Nonetheless, he turned them down because he wanted to focus on Stone Temple Pilots.

However, when Stone Temple Pilots disbanded just a year later, the band sent Scott some new music, hoping to convince him this time. The late rocker got into his studio, added vocals, and created what is now known as ‘Set Me Free.’ Although he delivered the music to the band himself, Weiland was still unsure whether he wanted to join them. On the other hand, he had given them the green light by performing with them at an industry showcase at Mates.

The newly formed band recorded two songs with producer Nick Raskulinecz, a studio version of ‘Set Me Free’ and a cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Money,’ for the soundtracks to the movies The Hulk and The Italian Job, respectively. These efforts seem to have left an impact on the rocker as Scott Weiland finally made up his mind.

The former STP icon joined the band soon after the recording of ‘Set Me Free,’ which peaked at number 17 on the Mainstream Rock chart without any radio promotion or a record label. Velvet Revolver went on to have a successful career with Weiland as the lead vocalist, releasing two studio albums and touring extensively. However, in 2015, Weiland passed away due to a drug overdose, leaving the music world in shock and mourning the loss of a true rock icon.

His legacy continues to live on through his music, which was often inspired by his personal struggles with addiction and depression. Many of Weiland’s songs reflect on his battle with these issues and have given a voice to those who also struggle with them. Unfortunately, his passing became a reminder of the impact these battles can have on an individual’s life and career. However, Scott Weiland will always be remembered as a musician who was not afraid to be vulnerable and honest in his art.