Bandmate Talks Scott Weiland’s ‘Traumatic’ Death: ‘He Wasn’t Well, I Tried To Help Him’

Wildabouts guitarist Nick Maybury opened up about his bandmate Scott Weiland’s death for the first time in an interview on the No Guitar Is Safe podcast, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“It was one of those things he had that he had been dealing with for years. It was hard to take at first, because they were all really hurt by Jeremy passing away and stuff, and that stuff will start happening if you don’t look after yourself. I would have thought that would have been some kind of revelation to look after yourself more or something. I had a chat with him about it, I did bring it up with him. [It was] before we went on stage at Carolina Rebellion, I had a deep heart to heart, serious conversation with Scott Weiland, about his life and his career, and where he was heading, on the bus. I think just the fact that we had a chance to connect on a deeper level, put us closer together. He goes, ‘I’ve had a career for 20 years, and I don’t think this is really going to change it.’ I was like, ‘Okay.'”

He added, “He had been on the drink and stuff. I felt threatened for my life almost in a way, because of what had already happened in the group, and I didn’t want to see anything more like that happen or be around it. It was quite a traumatic experience for me actually, to be honest, especially how it ended. I didn’t expect that. By the time we had gotten back from that first tour, that first tour was exciting, but rough at the same time. It was rough for them having to adjust to a new guy, the new dynamic, and missing the co-writer who wrote the stuff, their buddy, and I wasn’t drinking, or doing anything like that. I just didn’t want to see him do that to himself. I cared about him, I freaking cared about him to bring that up. It actually brought us closer together a little bit. I think he thought, ‘What’s this kid worrying about, and why does he care?’ I don’t know, you couldn’t really read him. He was a deep cat.

“I was that concerned about him, and we were on that level. I would have thought, ‘Okay fuck, am I going home? Did I just get myself fired just saying all this shit?’ It wasn’t like that at all, Scott was so compassionate. He would listen, he might not say anything, but I knew he would take things [and listen]. He was the kind of guy, he would want you to feel better, he wanted you to feel comfortable. He made me feel like I was his family in the end. We came a long way in such a short amount of time.”

Nick also mentioned he thought he would die on the tour bus in a tornado at one point. “I’m going to die on this tour bus, this is fucked.” He mentioned that the tour bus driver saved their life twice.

“I figured out ways how to deal with it. I just thought, he’s not going to change for me, I tried to bring it up and help him, and talk about it.”

“In the end, I just ended up accepting him for who he was, that’s who he is. You’ve just got to love him for who he is. I’ll do me, he’ll do him, and we’ll play music together.”

“For the last tour, it was like, ‘He’ll probably need a drink to feel better.’ I ended up going to alcoholics anonymous, I went to a meeting, to help deal with people who are like that in the workplace, when you’re not an addict, and you’re not using like that. I wanted to keep doing the gig, I didn’t want to say, ‘I can’t do this because of that.’ I was like no, I can get through it. It made me realize to be more compassionate, and less judgmental towards people with their disease. It’s a disease, it’s such a deep thing. I figured out a way how to deal with it. He just wasn’t well man, he should have been recovering, and getting healthy.”

“We were about to do a new record, and do another album cycle. There was talk of possibly getting back with STP after an album cycle. He was like, ‘Alright, we’ll do another album cycle, then maybe get back with STP.’ At first I was like, okay, that’s a bit weird, but if you can get well, and be healthy, the best you can be, that could possibly be the best thing for you.”

“The poor bugger was on prescribed medications and stuff, and that mixed with a little bit of booze, that’s what did it. Then we found out later obviously, he wasn’t doing too well the whole time.”

“There were times on stage where I felt like, ‘This is the worst gig I’ve ever been at in my life.’ It was horrible sometimes, to feel like that. I loved the guy, I loved the music. It was like, ‘Why is this happening right now?'” He mentioned there would be in ear monitor problems, and that the internet only heightened awareness of the poor performances.

He also looked back at Weiland’s last day alive. “He liked the bus. He wanted to stay on the bus all the time. He didn’t want to go to hotels on the days off, he just wanted to stay on the bus.” He said the band and crew went to the Mall of America, while Weiland stayed on the bus like he frequently did. Maybury said he had a day room at the hotel, and he put Blaster on as he showered. He then was getting an Uber ride to go get a bite to eat, and he saw police cars surrounding the tour bus, and he initially feared it might be a drug bust, or that it even could just be an interrogation.

He got a text from the tour manager telling everyone to get back to the bus. The production manager then told him that Scott had died on the bus. “From then on, I was just blank. Numbness, shock, trauma, tears, emotions, the whole thing. Having to talk to the cops, being in an emotional state, was just rough.” He added, “I never saw Scott do any drugs. It’s obvious now, we all know that he was. He obviously wasn’t doing it in front of everyone. I never saw him doing any drugs, so I figured, okay, as long as he can do the gig and keep it together, I guess it’s not a problem. I’d see him drinking a lot, we all knew he was drinking, and on the prescription stuff too. We knew that was a terrible mix to start with already.”

He also said, “It’s on a level of Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Jimi Hendrix. That’s not the kind of thing I want to be around, but that’s the reality of the disease of addiction and substance abuse, what it can do to people. I encourage people to get help for their problems.”

  • Corndog

    Seems like a nice, down to earth kind of fella. Shame Scott didn’t listen to him. Could have saved his life.

    • Jimmy Intense

      Shame Scott never listened to anyone except for himself and the enablers he kept in his closest of company *cough* Tommy Crack *cough*

  • Jimmy Intense

    I have a lot of respect for Nick Maybury for his kind words and compassion toward Scott.

    Really goes to show how Tommy Crack only cared about himself and the next high.

    • dakotablue

      I agree. And what else could Nick do, outside of share his concern with Scott? I mean, he worried he might get fired but he still bit the bullet to at least talk to Scott about this looming problem.

  • Billy

    The sad part about it is that the thrill of being in a band with someone famous won out in the end. Nick says that he talked to Scott about his concerns but then accepted that was how it was going to be and he turned a blind eye to it so he wouldn’t get kicked out of the band.

    I mean, if you can be on stage with this guy and be thinking your own shows are bad, what more do u need to say about it. At least someone involved in that band actually showed any concern for Scott’s health

    • Lance Burton

      I think being in that type of band would be hell. Your lead singer is socially despondent and withdrawn from the entire band on and off-stage.

      Scott Weiland strikes me as a guy who struggled with communication and relationships. From every interview I’ve listened to, it sounds like if you wanted Scott in your life—you had to do all of the heavy lifting.

      Well—news flash: People get sick of that.
      That’s not an inviting relationship to share with someone.

      If I knew someone who constantly retreated to a bus to get loaded and said only 5 words to me every day—I’d probably just let them destroy themselves too.

      He was a slow burn.

      Bottom line is he was a fantastic singer and a memorably charismatic performer but in the end, Scott Weiland wanted BIG record sales, drugs, and almost 0% touring.

      If you don’t like touring—don’t be a musician.
      Album sales are not a source of primary income anymore.

      And Scott Weiland wasn’t hard wired for that adaptation.

      • dakotablue

        I think you’re wrong about the almost 0% touring. If you ever saw him onstage, he totally immersed himself in the musical moment. Sure, some songs were perfunctory performances but then he’d get into it and start dancing like a dervish. He had so much energy when he sang. I guess that’s why it’s hard to believe someone with such life-force could die. Sad again.

        • Lance Burton

          You’re right.
          I was definitely exaggerating when I said 0%.

          But make no mistakes—he wanted to tour less and primarily be a recording artist.

          And that’s just not the music industry anymore.

          Digital music is weeding out the “Recording Artists. We are witnessing a renaissance of “The Performance Artist”. Especially in rock music.

          If you’re Drake, Adele, Maroon 5 or Blake Shelton—you’re making money off of recorded music.

          Scott was at a point where his vocals LIVE were quite bad. Truthfully.
          They weren’t what they use to be.

          Iideally, he wanted to record albums and make enough money in record sales to pay for his lifestyle and over-head, rather than tour all year-every-year.

          That’s a very old world music industry mentality.
          If you don’t want to play music every day of your life for an audience….then maybe you should reconsider your passion.

          • dakotablue

            Most voices degrade over time–starting with loss of high notes. Add heavy smoking to that, like Weiland, and yeah his voice certainly wasn’t what it once was, an awesome force of nature like Layne’s. But I’m still glad I saw him not that long ago–many flashes of the old brilliance. I’d be kicking myself if he died and I had passed up chances to see him, since he’s one of my favorite singers ever.

            Also let’s not forget he had to make big bank for his child support payments (was she also getting alimony?), so that plus his hidden drug habit, evidently, created the need for him to collect cash. And if he really didn’t want to tour, why did he love staying on the bus so much?

          • Lance Burton

            You’re right about everything. 100%. I agree.

            Assumably speaking—as this is all assumptions basically—I think he chose to recluse himself on the tour bus because then he could get wasted and be undisturbed.

            I sincerely feel like he found this side of the business to be annoying and just did it as a “job”.

            I think he was happiest with STP and pre-divorce(s).

            Once he lost his band and two wives—I think he was over everything.

          • dakotablue

            Actually I think there would be more privacy in a hotel room with the door bolted and “do not disturb” sign, rather than the tour bus with any number of people traipsing in and out.
            It did seem like he took his divorce from Mary pretty hard (the kids being a main factor in that too), but I hoped he was happy again when he married Jamie.

        • This Chic Over Here

          When he was on ,he was on! He was a lion on stage, but in the end his performances were enough to make ya cry, you could see the light was gone. Sad indeed!

  • Raj

    Scott was definitely on the wrong meds, like Ozzy. Scott was in a zombie like state, his interviews where hard to understand because he was incoherent and mumbling or that time he needed help from someone with his jacket because he could barely move. I felt like Scott shunned away others and was so embarrassed he was still using drugs that he was doing by himself on the bus or with just Tommy Black. By the sounds of it, Scott seem withdrawn from life.

  • Jesusswept

    Good interview. Seems pretty genuine and candid. On a side note, not that one drug is better than another but I don’t see how hendrix gets looped into the heroin junkie crowd

  • — J —

    Sucks that Scott wasn’t in a band with 3 dudes like this, instead of with two other fucking drug addicts.

    • Carolina girl

      Agree with you –J– and he was in a band with 3 other guys like this, STP. I feel bad for this guy Nick. What was he to do, he was new to a job and wanted to do his best. He did not know these guys who already had a bond and he was the replacement for the guy they loved, who just did from drugs.

  • Rizz

    Real as it gets.

  • Joe Costigan

    Seems like a good, thoughtful guy. Kind words for Scott and was very respectful as well as looking out for Scott’s best interest.