Gloriana‘s Mike Gossin revealed on Instagram that he was with rock legend Scott Weiland only two weeks before he was found dead on his tour bus. Gossin, who plays guitar and sings in the country band, said he was hanging out with Weiland on his tour bus when his band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts played in Nashville on Nov. 21.
— Gloriana (@glorianatheband) December 4, 2015
On Dec. 3, Weiland was found dead in his sleep just before his band was scheduled to take the stage. Although the official cause of death has not yet been determined, Weiland was confirmed to suffer from cardiac arrest. He was 48.
Weiland sold more than 50 million records as the lead singer of 90s rock legends Stone Temple Pilots and the mid-2000s supergroup Velvet Revolver. Weiland had recently embarked on a solo career with his group Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts and was scheduled to play several Texas dates this week.
Despite his status as a veritable rock god, Weiland on multiple occasions expressed his admiration for classic country music. His recent release Blaster also featured a song called “Circles”, which he described as flirting with country and bluegrass.
When asked if he’d consider doing a country album, Weiland told LA Weekly: “I thought about it before, but the country market isn’t what it was when I grew up on country. Merle Haggard and Jerry Jeff Walker and Johnny Cash. There’s Americana, which is a little truer to form than Nashville country today. [“Circles”] was the first song that we wrote with the band and I just think it ties together some of the themes of the album, like Appalachia and moonshining and stuff like that. It just happens to be a love song about my wife.”
Not unlike many country legends of the past, Weiland had a very public battle with drug abuse that included stints in both jail and rehab. He claimed to have kicked heroin in 2002, though a small amount of cocaine was found in his bedroom on the tour bus. His bassist Tommy Black was arrested for possession of a controlled substance following Weiland’s death.
It certainly would’ve been interesting to see what Weiland would’ve done with a full country album, but it’s a shame to lose any artist before their time, regardless of genre — though country has had its fair share of “died too soon” tragedy as well. In similar news, be sure to check out the trailer for the new Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light.