If there's one thing Gen X likes, it's an over the top rock star. That's Scott Weiland, lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots.
Being Gen X means that at some point in your life, you wore flannel - a lot of flannel, mostly influenced by the Seattle rock scene with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, etc. Eventually we all grew up and got jobs, but something had to fill the void of over the top, conflicted rock and roll as we went to work in the 90's.
Today, Gen X thinks about their own mortality because the lead singer of STP, Scott Weiland, is dead. More from the Daily Beast:
Scott Weiland, the flamboyant lead singer of celebrated rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was found dead on his tour bus on Thursday evening.
Weiland, 48, who suffered drug addiction for decades, was due to perform at the Medina Entertainment Center in Minnesota with his band Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. The show was cancelled earlier in the evening, and his body was discovered at around 9 p.m. local time.
Stone Temple Pilots were one of the seminal grunge rock bands of the ’90s, selling over 40 million records worldwide and taking home a Grammy Award for their hit song “Plush.” Following the band’s split, Weiland formed the supergroup Velvet Revolver with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan. Their debut album, Contraband, sold four million copies worldwide and earned the group a Grammy.
Weiland led a hard life. Lots of sex, drugs and rock and roll. I saw STP live three times. One of those times was on Halloween in Birmingham and Weiland came out in a sombrero and poncho and proceeded to dance as only Weiland can in a substance-induced way. It was an unbelievable show.
That's the thing about being Gen X. Whether we want to admit it or not, we always winked at the over the top rock stars. They were there to entertain us, and let's be honest, anyone who appreciated STP also winked at the lifestyle of Scott Weiland. We smiled at the multiple rehabs. We laughed as STP had to cancel shows due to Weiland being in a light coma on the bus.
We never thought he would die - I thought he would still be drugging it up and dancing at 80. He's dead at 48, and if you're like me, it causes a bit of reflection and like the other people our age we see sick around us, reminds us of our growing mortality.
Will our kids ever remember Drake in this way? Don't insult Gen X by saying yes.
RIP Scotty. Video below - That's Weiland in the fur coat and using a megaphone.