Filter frontman Richard Patrick made a plea for former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland on his Facebook page:
We need to really start thinking about Scott. He must be in a world of pain. I’m hearing bad things.. I got this from a fan.
Fan “I saw Scott Weiland last night….worst show I have ever scene, he was beyong fucked up on stage……”
If this doesn’t scare anybody.. It should. I hope our community tries to reach out to him..
Years ago Weiland and Patrick were friends, bonding on the Family Values Tour over a decade ago. Patrick went on to perform in the short lived supergroup Army of Anyone with the DeLeo brothers from 2005-2007. Weiland has admitted to struggling with alcoholism in the last 5-6 years after a few years of being clean and sober. Patrick had his own struggles with drugs and alcohol in the past, but he has been clean and sober for nearly 11 years.
Speaking as a huge fan of Scott, he needs help. The reason I haven’t been on ‘Team Scott’ in the STP/Weiland split debacle, is that I feel like if I defend Scott’s actions and poor live performances, I’m ultimately just defending his addiction and that’s the last thing I want to do. I’m on ‘Team Clean and Sober (and Happy) Scott.’ I use sarcasm a lot when writing about it because it’s all incredibly depressing stuff. It pains me to write the things I do on here (I want to be writing positive Scott articles) but to act like Scott showing up late and performing drunk is okay for his health wouldn’t be the right thing to do, it’s a road that will end in his death. I sincerely hope if there is anybody reading this article who knows Scott that they can reach out to him and prevent the worst from happening. Obviously the choice is Scott’s and Scott’s alone (I know from being around people with similar problems), but he needs to get away from any possible enablers. The Memorial section on this website is too full, and it just pains me to even think about the worst happening. Not only is Scott one of the best singers of the past 20 years, but more importantly he has children and that takes precedence over anything else. We all want to see Scott happy and conquer his darkness once and for all.