Stone Temple Pilots’ Drummer Recalls The Heartbreaking Truth About Scott Weiland


In a recent interview with Louder Sound, Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz talked about the struggles Scott Weiland had been going through while recording the ‘Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop’ album.

‘Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop’ is the third studio album of Stone Temple Pilots, and it was released back in 1996. The album peaked No. 4 on US Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Australian Albums charts.

Back in 2015 when Stone Temple Pilots was touring, Scott Weiland was found dead in the tour bus. Later on, it was announced that the death cause was an accidental drug overdose, which were found in the bus following his death.

In the conversation, Eric pointed out that they had been dealing with Scott’s addiction problems while recording the ‘Tiny Music’ album and stated that even though they moved outside of the city to prevent Scott from having access to drugs, it didn’t work.

As Eric said, Scott would be sober for a while and be happy, cheerful, and witty. However, sooner or later, ‘the demon would come back.’ He would wear sunglasses day and night to cover his drug abuse, and they would understand he’s using again.

Eric stated that this record showed what the band was going through and mentioned the tough times when Scott would disappear for a few days and then come back ‘looking like shit.’

Eric Kretz on Scott Weiland’s drug problems in the interview:

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Scott would be sober for a while and he’d be the most beautiful person again, like, laughing and witty and enjoyable to be around. And then the demon would come back and it’d be like: ‘Oh shit, here we go’. Sunglasses on, day and night. And you’d just kinda know.

It definitely put the gloom and the ugliness in there. That record was what we were going through: the good, the bad and the ugly, Because Scott was deep in his throes at that point.

He’d disappear for a few days at a time and come back just looking like shit. He hadn’t slept. He stank. You want to help, but he doesn’t want your help. It was heartbreaking.”

Later in the conversation, Eric touched upon the fact that ‘Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop’ became their highest point at that time and mentioned that they sold out the Madison Square Garden show in only ten minutes.