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Tommy Black Responds To Reports Of Controversial Quote On Scott Weiland’s Death

Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black has contacted Alternative Nation to deny that he was ‘not surprised’ by Scott Weiland’s death. Black told us, “That was not my quote about Scott. He was my closest friend and I would never ever say anything like that.”

The quote came from a Bloomington police report given to FOX 9. According to FOX 9, on Scott Weiland’s tour bus where his body was found, investigators found marijuana, prescription drugs, and cocaine. Band and crew told police Weiland had been drinking vodka and tequila quite heavily, was taking the heroin-blocker Suboxone, and prescriptions. They also said he used cocaine as recently as a week before his death, and took the drug, molly, a day or two before his death.

In a statement, an investigator wrote to FOX 9, “All of the band members and its entourage were visibly upset” but longtime Weiland friend and band member Thomas Black, said he was also “not surprised that Weiland had died.”

Black was arrested for suspected cocaine possession, but police couldn’t prove the drugs were his due to the amount of people on the bus, so charges were dropped against him.

Tommy Black ‘Not Surprised’ Scott Weiland Died

UPDATE: Tommy Black has contacted Alternative Nation, and tells us he didn’t say that he was ‘not surprised’ that Scott Weiland died. “That was not my quote about Scott. He was my closest friend and I would never ever say anything like that.”

The quote was from a police report given to FOX 9, as mentioned in this article.

Bloomington police released a transcript of the 911 call made the night late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota last month, The Star Tribune reports.

Tour manager Aaron Mohler went to check on Weiland after bandmates received a call from Weiland’s wife, photographer Jamie Weiland, who was concerned because she hadn’t heard from him. Mohler entered the bus outside the Country Inn & Suites at the Mall of America, where Weiland appeared to be sleeping in his bedroom, according to the police report.

Weiland was usually a heavy sleeper, so Mohler shook him, then removed the pillow from under his head. Mohler couldn’t feel Weiland breathing and called drummer Joseph Castillo onto the bus for help. Neither man could wake him, and they called 911.

“I, I think he’s dead,” one of the men told dispatchers Dec. 3. “He’s not moving. He’s stiff, his whole …”

Dispatchers asked if a defibrillator was available. The caller said the band did not carry one on the bus. Instructions were then given to attempt chest compressions.

The caller says Weiland’s body is rigid and that he is not breathing.

“I mean, he’s like hard as a rock right now, not moving,” he said in a 911 transcript released Tuesday by Bloomington police. “ … there’s no breath. There’s no nothing.”

According to FOX 9, police would note the bus was neat — band members names were on bunks and doors, including Weiland’s bedroom in the back of the bus where has was found in his bed.

In the bus, investigators found marijuana, prescription drugs, and cocaine. Band and crew told police Weiland had been drinking vodka and tequila quite heavily, was taking the heroin-blocker Subloxone, and prescriptions. They also said he used cocaine as recently as a week before his death, and took the drug, molly, a day or two before his death.

In a statement, an investigator wrote, “All of the band members and its entourage were visibly upset” but longtime Weiland friend and band member Thomas Black, said he was also “not surprised that Weiland had died.”

Black was arrested for cocaine possession, but police couldn’t prove the drugs were his due to the amount of people on the bus, so charges were dropped against him.

One source who toured with the Wildabouts in recent years claimed that Tommy Black was not a positive influence on Weiland on the road, among some more descriptive words used to describe the bassist. Another said, “They were best friends and they were very tight. They enabled each other.” The source added, “Scott and Tommy…had their own ‘private’ parties.”

Scott Weiland’s Bandmate Allegedly Purchased Package After Concert

Alternative Nation has covered Scott Weiland’s death from every angle. We have posted numerous articles paying tribute to Scott Weiland’s legendary music, shown Mary Weiland’s point of view, posted stories on a friend of Tommy Black and Weiland’s defending Scott’s parenting and Black. I have also been told certain details about the story from insiders in confidence that I know are not appropriate to publish. It’s a sensitive and unfortunate story to have to be writing about.

A longtime Alternative Nation reader named Casper contacted me a few days after Weiland’s death, mentioning that he had seen some things take place behind the scenes at Weiland’s concert in Montclair, New Jersey last month, but that he did not feel comfortable sharing his story so soon after the tragedy. Casper e-mailed me over the weekend, prepared to share his story, along with a video filmed of Weiland outside his bus.

Finally got to a point where I can get this little story out. I feel like it’s important to piece together little bits here and there of his final days. This little narrative has some good and some not so good moments.

My buddy and I were at the Montclair show in Jersey. The performance overall was pretty solid. He sounded good. Moved around well. Set list was, of course, short and to the point. Not a lot going on and nothing outside the box. There was very little to any crowd interaction from Scott. But this really isn’t about the show itself, but what happens later.

After the show, we decided to bite the bullet and pay for the meet and greet: $300 for two. We meet Scott and he basically just stands there for a photo in front of the stage. He essentially refused to acknowledge us. I’m not going to elaborate much, but he didn’t look good. For $300, we each got a VIP laminate, Blaster poster (signed by Scott), and photo with him and Tommy. It literally took 30 seconds.

After the VIP nonsense, we decided to hang by the tour bus with hopes to get some other autographs (he refused to sign any other stuff at the meet and greet). I would say a handful of fans were lurking around, maybe 20 or so. After an hour or two, someone from his camp told us Scott won’t be coming out because he was tired and watching some UFC event or boxing match. Everyone left minus 5 or 6 of us. Around 1AM, Scott came off the bus with a few of the band members and staff. They were just hanging out, smoking cigarettes, and shooting the shit. Scott appeared for the first time all night to be happy. In his element. It was nice to see Scott being relaxed and himself.

Somehow Scott’s little group started talking about the Doors. Scott mentioned how he once fronted them at a show and how awesome it was. One guy started playing stuff from the performance off YouTube on his phone. Scott then randomly broke into a cappella and sang parts of Five to One and the Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar). It was surreal actually. Scott was actually happy and enjoying himself. He performed a short little solo set of the Doors for us. Well, it wasn’t for us. He didn’t seem to care there were 6 fans hanging near him. He didn’t interact or acknowledge us at all. But it was cool none the less.

Everyone got back on the bus shortly after. Scott ended up hanging in the front compartment to smoke one more cigarette. One kid, my buddy and I approached him on the bus and asked for an autograph. He refused, saying he already did a meet and greet. My buddy and I acknowledge that and showed our VIP passes. He hesitated and then begrudgingly signed one item for each of us. Scott finished his cigarette and disappeared into the bus for the night.

One more event occurred from the evening. Something I was going to keep to myself, but after he died, I knew it needed to be said. My buddy and I remained a little lounger just to chill out and talk about the whole experience. While we did that, Tommy Black came back to the bus. This isn’t long after Scott disappeared for the night. Tommy was with 3 girls. Apparently coming back from the local bar. The girls asked Tommy for money for a package he purchased off them. My buddy and I looked at each other. Tommy went on the bus, got some cash from one of the handlers and paid the girls.

And that was that. My last Scott Weiland event. I’ve seen Scott live at least once every year since 2005. I’ve seen him perform in the STP glory days as early as 2000 as well. I’ll miss him. I’ll miss the greatness, the complexity and the craziness. From top to bottom, he was and will always be, my music idol.

Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone also saw Black after the show with the three women mentioned in the article, when they were headed to the bar.

Tommy Black Reacts To Being Cleared Of Drug Charges In Scott Weiland’s Death

Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black had his first social media activity yesterday since Scott Weiland’s death on December 3rd in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black shared Alternative Nation’s article on Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley announcing that they would not pursue drug charges against him because it was too difficult to prove the drugs belonged to him.

He also shared People’s report on our story, seemingly confirming Hartley’s announcement.

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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis reported yesterday that Scott Weiland overdosed on cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA; also known as “sally” or “the love drug,” and chemically related to the drug ecstasy) and ethanol. The report also indicates heart disease and asthma were “significant” conditions. The test results also revealed Scott’s “multi-substance dependence” was a factor. TMZ also are reporting that alcohol played a role.

Police also found Xanax, sleeping pills, Viagra, and meds to treat bipolar disorder on the bus — but those drugs did not play a factor in his death.

Wildabouts guitarist Nick Maybury has posted more comments on his bandmate Scott Weiland’s tragic death in the last few days on Twitter in response to mourning fans.

Maybury tweeted, “I miss him too I couldn’t speak for a week in a zone of loss and heartache bummed wel never play music.”

He also said, “Been a tough time indeed – grateful to be apart of something this legendary – what an awesome artist ”

Maybury and Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo also showed moral support for each other last week on Instagram, with Castillo commenting a tribute post with ‘Love you Bro⚡️⚡️RIP Scotty.’

Maybury responded, ‘Love you too man @theejoeyc can barley talk.’

Police Make Announcement On Investigation Of Scott Weiland’s Bandmate

Bloomington police said they found a small amount of cocaine in Scott Weiland’s bedroom and elsewhere on his tour bus on the night of his death on December 3rd. They briefly held Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black, who was traveling with Weiland.

Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley has announced that authorities won’t pursue a drug charge against him because it would be too difficult to prove the drugs belonged to him.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis reported yesterday that Scott Weiland overdosed on cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA; also known as “sally” or “the love drug,” and chemically related to the drug ecstasy) and ethanol. The report also indicates heart disease and asthma were “significant” conditions. The test results also revealed Scott’s “multi-substance dependence” was a factor. TMZ also are reporting that alcohol played a role.

Police also found Xanax, sleeping pills, Viagra, and meds to treat bipolar disorder on the bus — but those drugs did not play a factor in his death.

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Wildabouts guitarist Nick Maybury has posted more comments on his bandmate Scott Weiland’s tragic death in the last few days on Twitter in response to mourning fans.

Maybury tweeted, “I miss him too I couldn’t speak for a week in a zone of loss and heartache bummed wel never play music.”

He also said, “Been a tough time indeed – grateful to be apart of something this legendary – what an awesome artist ”

Maybury and Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo also showed moral support for each other last week on Instagram, with Castillo commenting a tribute post with ‘Love you Bro⚡️⚡️RIP Scotty.’

Maybury responded, ‘Love you too man @theejoeyc can barley talk.’

Major Update On Scott Weiland’s Autopsy, Bassist Released From Jail

Scott Weiland’s Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black was released from a Bloomington city jail on Friday afternoon “pending further investigation” into Weiland’s death, following his Thursday night arrest for suspicious of possessing a small amount of cocaine, Deputy Police Chief Denis Otterness said Tuesday according to the news report. Black was arrested and booked for 5th degree felony possession of drugs. Otterness said his department is awaiting toxicology results from Weiland’s autopsy. “We could be looking at four to eight weeks” before the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has details to release, the deputy chief added.

Scott Weiland’s widow Jamie Weiland told TMZ last week that her husband had not been doing any drugs for years, although she admitted that he has been drinking socially. Drugs were found on the bus, but Jamie insisted they were not Scott’s. Jamie said there was a pact among the band not to do drugs, but with reports of Tommy Black’s arrest that pact seems to have been broken by someone on the bus. Jamie also vehemently denied TMZ’s report that several prominent musicians have told them they were alarmed in Weiland’s final days, saying Scott had been deep into crack cocaine Jamie, who says she was touring with the group but left just under a week prior to Weiland’s death, said, “He [Scott] was the best he has ever been.”