Richard Patrick On Scott Weiland’s Drug Use: ‘He Went Back To His Normal Amount & His Heart Wasn’t Ready’

I recently conducted an interview with Filter frontman Richard Patrick for Alternative Nation at the listening party in New York for Filter’s 7th studio album, Crazy Eyes, set for release on April 8, 2016. We will be publishing this interview in parts as separate news articles, and in this article Patrick discusses what he believes killed late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, and the future of Army of Anyone, his supergroup with STP’s DeLeo brothers.

With so many recent losses in the world of hard rock, what are your thoughts on the passing of Stone Temple Pilots frontman, Scott Weiland?

I mean it was expected. I’ve been in recovery for a long time and people die every other week. It’s a sad place in America right now where kids are getting hooked on heroin. They go to rehab, then they come back out and then do heroin, overdose and die. That’s why I took to the internet. It was like, “Dude, what the fuck are you doing?” in talking about it in interviews. When I got sober, it was just one voicemail that really, really stuck in my head. It was this old girlfriend going, “You are a fucking loser. You’re fucking blowing it. You’re not getting away with it. You’re a fucking asshole. You’ve treated me like shit. I’ve got one fucking word. Rehab! Go to that fucking shit.

It was so mean, but it was so like, “Wow, she’s not holding back.” It was so honest that a couple of days later, I was in rehab and that was it. When it comes to Scott, it was not a shock. It wasn’t a surprise and it’s sad because he really was amazing, but he could never just hold onto being OK with himself. He could never self-diagnose himself as a person that was just addicted. There was a week where he was sober and I had seen his last interview. He was completely lucid. He wasn’t stuttering & he wasn’t slow. I think what happened was he went back to his normal amount and killed himself because his heart wasn’t ready for it. Just from observation and from knowing addiction, it looked like he kind of fell apart, went out, did some cocaine and it was just enough to kill him.

Upon the release of 2006’s Army of Anyone record, considering your prior collaborations with the DeLeo brothers from Stone Temple Pilots and drummer Ray Luzier, what was your experience like working with them and is their potential to create music with them in the future?

It was a true band. We’d go into rehearsal hall every other day and play the music. We did the demos kind of like the way I do records, which is just write with a computer and approximate the drums, but then we rehearsed it and were a band. So, it was very much like a band experience. I had never been in a band like that, but it was cool, I love it and maybe one day we’ll do another.

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  • Felonious Punk

    PLEASE tell me you guys asked him about the fate of that unreleased 4th Filter album he did with Ken Andrews..

  • Pink Taco

    Another AoA album would not be so bad.It was a reasonable debut rock album. There were some good songs

  • Raj

    Scott was very lucid in that one interview I saw he looked and sounded pretty good. He was definitely over medicated, even if he didn’t go back to his normal amount the drugs were going to catch up to him anyways it was only a matter of time.

  • Fry

    I think Richard Patrick needs to reconsider talking so knowingly about Weiland’s death in interviews as he can only speculate. It’s disrespectful on so many levels. He can pass judgment and say whatever he wants privately, but to say what he’s saying publicly seems so disrespectful and irresponsible to me.

    • valhalla

      Oh, my heart weeps and weeps…in all fairness, he was asked to comment on Scott. Still, there is a distinct difference between a private voicemail and putting someone on blast via the Internet.

    • Felonious Punk

      Keep in mind that Richie was one of the *only* ones to publicly cry out for help in regards to Scott’s addictions, and it turns out that, sadly, he was correct in his belief that Scott was in dire need of help.

      Richie’s a recovering addict himself, and makes no bones about it. I’d say he knows more about what Scott was dealing with and how it was affecting his life than all the ones who just stood by idly and did nothing for the guy.

      • Fry

        Fair points. He was asked, but he chooses how to respond and I just think he should be careful because people are going to consider him a more credible source because he is a contemporary of Weiland’s and has addiction experience. But like he said, he’s basing his comments on observation and his own experience. Like anybody, like even you or I. But he’s influencing how the public will remember scott because he has a large audience with the media, etc. And that comes with more responsibility. And unless he has other evidence than observation and addiction experience, then I think he needs to be careful. He did publicly say something earlier in the year but why so publicly? Maybe he tried privately with no success? Scott’s journey was so difficult obviously, but he accomplished so much. I just want his story to be handled respectfully.