Take 5: Scott Weiland

One of the most acclaimed and versatile vocalists of the rock era, Scott Weiland transcended genre. A supremely effective hard rock vocalist, he moved effortlessly between high energy metal, melodic rock, balladry and even classic, pre-rock styles. Echoing a widely shared sentiment, Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan named Weiland as one of “the great voices of our generation.” Weiland died in 2015.

“Interstate Love Song” – Stone Temple Pilots

Between the band’s forming and Weiland’s departure in 2013, Stone Temple Pilots scored an impressive 15 singles in the top ten of the U.S. Mainstream Rock charts (eight more made it into the Top 40 of that chart). Among the group’s biggest smashes was this track from 1994’s Purple, their second album.

“Slither” – Velvet Revolver

During the seven-year period between STP’s first and second run, Weiland joined forces with a collective of musicians – three of them formerly with Guns N’ Roses – to form supergroup Velvet Revolver. The band only released two albums, but their debut, 2004’s Contraband went double Platinum (two million- plus albums sold in the U.S. alone). This track – one of four singles from that record – soared to the #1 spots on both the Mainstream and Alternative Rock charts.

“Til the Dust is Gone” – Art of Anarchy

Weiland’s last project before his untimely death, the 2015 self-titled album from hard rock band Art of Anarchy was his only recording with the band (former Creed singer Scott Stapp eventually stepped in as lead singer, but his relationship with the group proved to be fraught). This moody track is a highlight of Weiland’s work with the group.

“20th Century Boy” – The Wildabouts

Around the same time as his work with Art of Anarchy, Weiland recorded what would turn out to be the final album under his own name. Fronting a band called the Wildabouts, he released Blaster in 2015. The album spawned three singles, but this deep cut – a T. Rex cover – is a highlight of the record as well.

“Winter Wonderland” Scott Weiland

In addition to his high-profile work with multiple bands, Scott Weiland recorded and released five solo albums. Perhaps the most unexpected was 2011’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a ten-track collection of holiday standards. Backed by a stellar big band jazz ensemble, he croons credibly on classics like this perennial favorite.