Scott Weiland Talks Avoiding Kurt Cobain & Layne Staley’s Fate In Final Interview: ‘Live Fast, Live Long’

Garret K. Woodward has posted Part 2 of one of the final ever interviews with late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. In the interview, Weiland eerily talked about avoiding death.

Woodward asked him, “But you landed on your feet. Do you think about that, that you weren’t a victim of the 90’s like Kurt or Layne?”

Weiland responded, “Not at all. I surpassed that stage of music and that lifestyle, and live a whole different life now.”

He also discussed what advice he’d give a young version of himself getting into the music industry, “That the most important thing is writing songs, because without great songs, nothing can happen. Live fast, live long.”

He also discussed bipolar disorder, “Yeah, it’s something that’s so common. Most people that have it don’t even know they have it and people that know that they have it don’t want to be medicated for it because it’s not something like taking an aspirin for a headache. It’s something that is trial and error. It’s like throwing darts at a dartboard until you hit the bull’s eye and finding the right medication that works.”

He said today, he was a happy family man. “Happily married and also the stepfather of a great kid named Wolfie.”

  • Raj

    It’s a shame that Scott wasn’t able to avoid succumbing like his contemporaries. He may have said he was happy but so did Kurt Cobain in 1993 months before his death. I think they tried to escape their own life through their music. They tell us they are happy but they aren’t, maybe for some brief moments but it never really lasts. These 3 guys should be with us today making great music and touring.

    • Chris Arnold

      Kurt WAS happy before he died. The final months of his life were some of his happiest. He had a lot of great plans for the future. The ONLY person who said otherwise was Courtney. Even without getting into the “murder theory”, it’s undeniable that she severely manipulated his image in the media before and especially after his death. ..she’s admitted that herself because she’s THAT cold and crazy.

      • Raj

        Well neither of us know for sure but Cobain was said to become increasingly withdrawn after every Nirvana tour. Also, Krist Novoselic said Cobain wanted to end the last tour early. His behaviour became bizarre, he disappeared for days when Grohl and Novoselic waited for him in Chicago and then came up with a ridiculous excuse as to why he was away. After the overdose in Rome, Novoselic said Cobain became weird and super quiet, not typical of a happy guy. Cobain like to joke around and have fun.

        • Chris Arnold

          That’s absolutely true! BUT.. Kurt’s behavior was a result of being taken advantage of by the industry and the fact that the band got WAY too big WAY too fast and he lost control. It was a career problem, not a personal problem the way Courtney made it seem. ..and she was one of the main offenders when it came to pushing him to maintain his fame and income, which he wasn’t interested in. He got weird after the Rome OD because Courtney was trying to convince everyone that it was a suicide attempt and he maintained that it was an accident. She had already convinced the media otherwise by the time he was able to speak for himself, so he just stopped trying. That’s one of many reasons he freaked out and tried to go into hiding til he could figure out how to divorce her and break up Nirvana. The reason he was happy during the last few months is BECAUSE he quit the tour and started moving towards disbanding Nirvana and doing his own thing that was more artistically satisfying. He couldn’t be happy as long as he had all the Nirvana/Courtney pressure over his head. This information isn’t the widely accepted “Courtney version”, but it is out there if you look for it. The reason I’m SO convinced that it’s true though, is because Kurt and I have mutual friends in Seattle and they’ve all confirmed this when I’ve asked them about it.

          • dakotablue

            I saw Courtney spinning the Rome incident at the time. I wasn’t sure what had happened but didn’t take her word for it.

  • Felonious Punk

    And then, just like that…he’s gone forever.

    So unbelievably fucking sad and unfair.

    • Corndog

      Listened to a few songs off Purple on my Ipod over lunch. I was never really a massive STP fan (there are actually entire albums i haven’t got around to listening to yet, 2 i think) but i have to say i’d forgotten what a damn good singer Weiland was in his day, before life caught up with him. Really enjoyed Big Empty. Totally forgot they had a song on the crow soundtrack as i haven’t seen that movie in years.

      I think i might dow……um, i mean buy the other albums that i haven’t heard, see what i’ve been missing.

      Edit – Shit. Went and had a look on Wiki and it is actually 3 albums that i have never heard. I mean i’m sure that if i listen to them i will come across songs that i know, but i have never heard them in context with the rest of their respective albums, as they were intended.

      • Felonious Punk

        Which albums haven’t you heard yet?

        • Corndog

          Everything in between purple and the eponymous one.

          • Felonious Punk

            Tiny Music and No. 4 are great.

            Shangrila-Dee-da is shit. Most others seem to dig that one though.

            The eponymous record is my favorite thing they did since Purple. That one gets shit on daily by the fanbase, like it was a Nickelback album featuring the guys from STP.

          • Corndog

            I don’t mind that album. It’s probably my least favourite one out of the three I’ve bothered to listen to so far but it’s not bad at all.

            I must try those other albums, it’s about time! I guess I’ve always had similar feelings towards STP as I do Soundgarden in that I really dig the front man, but was a little less fond of the music. That being said, I absolutely loved Core when it first came out and would still listen to that album reasonably regularly.

            There are probably loads of albums from the last 25 years or so that I just never got around to listening to. Problem is, nine times out of ten when I want to listen to music despite what I may have intended to listen to, I find myself reaching for Pearl Jam. It’s all your uncle Eddie’s fault…

          • Felonious Punk

            Just a general statement here, but I have a very hard time relating to people who don’t like Soundgarden. That band has made some incredible music in their career and I can only hope they have more to offer in the albums that lie ahead.

          • Corndog

            What can i tell you man? They just never really did anything for me, beyond Cornell’s voice, which is awesome.

          • Felonious Punk

            Wasn’t saying you specifically or anything.

          • S?awomir Gieremek

            Number 4 is their last truly good effort. The last two albums are mediocre with only a handful of good songs. I’d pick Core, Purple and Number 4 as their best 3 albums.

          • Felonious Punk

            It’s whatever. No way I’d put No.4 over Tiny Music, but to each their own.

            I’ll never understand how people can dislike the eponymous album so much. That’s the most STP-sounding STP album they did. What didn’t you like about it?

          • S?awomir Gieremek

            I don’t like that it has one very good song (Between The Lines), 3-4 mediocre songs and the rest is filler. Similar to Shangri-la. But I do agree that Tiny Music and No4 are both great. I just prefer No4 because it’s heavier and more mature. Tiny Music is their “grunge is passe we are alternative now and not grunge” effort, same with PJ’s No Code, same post-grunge timing, when grunge was considered blah for couple of years. Then they went back to playing classic rock and roll in an instant and forgot about being alt-rock forever.

          • Felonious Punk

            I don’t think there is one single mediocre or filler song on STP’s eponymous album, but okay.

          • dakotablue

            Agree with Felonious on this. When that album came out, I played it quite a lot–and sure, a few songs weren’t as good as the others imo, but overall I think it’s very solid, even great.

          • Anthony C

            I’ll admit that the back half of SLDD has some of my least favorite STP songs, but there’s no way an album with “Dumb Love,” “Wonderful,” and “Black Again” can be called shit. All of the first eight songs are incredible.

          • Felonious Punk

            “Wonderful” is the most unwonderful songs in their entire catalogue. A Song For Sleeping and Hello It’s Late are absolutely wretched as well.

            Bi-Polar Bear and Two Cool Queenie would have been winners if they’d had titles that weren’t retarded sounding and if the band had actually written better lyrics (BPB) and actually finished the song instead of just stopping at the halfway point (TCQ)

            Had they dumped Wonderful, Hello It’s Late and A Song For Sleeping and instead included All In The Suit That You Wear, Heed The Water Whisperer and You Can’t Drive Me Away, that album would be at least a four-star affair instead of the two-star affair it truly is.

  • Joe Costigan

    Pretty bittersweet interview. I will say that I do not believe you can live fast , live long though – I mean you can try it but the odds aren’t in your favor.

    It’s a shame that another of my favorite vocalists has passed – Layne is my all time favorite and I would say Weiland is second.