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Ongoing History Daily: Scott Weiland’s heroin

While he was alive and a member of Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland had a serious relationship with heroin. In 1997, he was out of the band while he tried to get clean. That seemed to work and he was readmitted. But then in 1999, he spent five months in jail for violating his probably after he was convicted of heroin possession. Four years later, he was arrested again and sentenced to six months of rehab, leading to him being fired again. After one more reunion, he was fired for good in February 2013.

The problem? Heroin.

One more thing. You know the artwork of the Purple album with the baby riding the dragon? That’s based on the artwork found on a package of Chinese heroin that Weiland bought in LA.

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Alan Cross

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Scott Weiland’s heroin

  • such a waste of a beautiful voice. but he clearly was not alone. what I wonder Alan, is why so many wonderfully gifted musicians seem to be so self destructive……..great work as always – former CKUW listener and escapee from Selkirk MB. Perhaps if not already done….an episode on the relationship between talent and hovering near death from substance abuse………


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