Kids Choir Sings “Interstate Love Song” In Honor Of Scott Weiland

Kids Rock Chorus recently performed Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” in honor of the band’s late frontman Scott Weiland. Watch the video below!

Stone Temple Pilots’ original manager Steve Stewart has provided Alternative Nation exclusively with his tribute to his friend Scott Weiland earlier this month. Stewart managed STP from 1990 to 2000:

I’ve known Scott since the mid-80s, when my band and his band played gigs together in Orange County, CA. As we grew up, his path took him to further iterations of the band, from Soi Disant to Might Joe Young, while I went to school, and went on to work in the business side of music. Our paths crossed again in 1990, when he and Robert DeLeo asked me to lunch, and asked me if I could help get them a record deal. I was working for Ice T’s manager, and had made some contacts in the industry. Almost two years later, we had a deal from Atlantic Records on the table. I worked with Scott and the band through their next four records, and had a ringside seat for what became one of the most unique stories in modern rock, and the end of an era in the music industry.

What always struck me most about Scott was how alone he really was. For all the people and things he had around, I always felt he was somehow separated from people. Sometimes, all he wanted was someone to sit with him – I remember one late night a long time ago, when we were facing a long night on a bus, after a gig. The bus was filled with maybe 12 people, all of them asleep after working all night. Scott was in the front lounge, behind the driver, and I was sitting up front, watching the road. As I got up and started toward my bunk to grab some sleep, he looked up from the video game he was playing and said, “Will you stay with me? I don’t want to be here alone.” I thought that was an odd thing to say, as there were a dozen souls within 15 feet of him. This has always stayed with me, and I saw other examples of this through the years of how much he needed someone to share the journey with. Even though no one could ever really satisfy that need, I think it was something that he always yearned for, and maybe, never found.

I could always see the little boy in him, looking for his dad’s approval. Though the years and the trappings of fame often obscured it, every once in a while, I’d catch a glimpse of it through that momentary little smile he’d shoot me after he nailed something. Those were the instants when he was truly proud of himself, and that was the Scott I’ll always remember.

I thought he’d always beat his demons, and maybe in the end, he finally did. My prayers are with his family and children.


  • Felonious Punk

    Those kids sound better singing Scott’s stuff than he did singing it for most of this year.

    What I want to know is, are they going to honor him and Lemmy at the music awards shows when they do the posthumous remembrance thing? Don’t they generally leave out musicians who die of drug overdoses or led sordid lives? I’m sure Lemmy will get by on legacy alone, but it will be interesting in Scott’s case. They completely ignored Mike Starr when he died in 2011 from drug complications.

    • Jimmy Intense

      I’m a huge AIC fan but I think most generic music fans or press wouldn’t be as familiar with Mike Starr than they would Layne or Scott. Not that I agree with their stance, if any since they probably honoured Amy Whinehouse and her musical legacy leaves much to be desired.

      Award ceremonies and halls of fame are a joke to begin w/ …most bands/artists themselves don’t even take them seriously. It’s all a pissing contest.

      • Felonious Punk

        Agree 100%. I’m sure Scott and Lemmy will be honored without a second thought. It’s all a glorified circle-jerk anyway, like you said.

  • Raj

    Cool stuff, pretty cool I bet the teacher is a big STP/Scott Weiland fan. Great to see some teachers keeping the music programs alive. Have you seen the one where the teacher is conducting students to play Killing in the Name Of, also very well done.

    • Angrytomato

      “I bet the teacher is a big STP/Scott Weiland fan”

      It’s obviously the only reason for this.

  • WhereIsSHE

    That was absolutely awful, if I’m honest. Sorry, but there had to be a song that Scott wrote which could have been more easily translated for a kiddie chorus to sing, yes?? Sad for Scott, his family, friends, loved ones. Please don’t dishonor his memory with bad renditions of his art.

  • Angrytomato

    Have them sing in honor of a drug addict who overdosed, great idea!