Published Dec 21, 2015Scott Weiland may not have always seen eye-to-eye with his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates, but the surviving musicians clearly don't hold a grudge, as they issued a tribute statement to the late singer following his death earlier this month. Now, they've honoured the vocalist once again, this time with a video that highlights the band's song "Atlanta" from 1999's No. 4.
In this clip, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz sit down and reflect on Weiland's strength as a vocalist. To highlight their point, they listen to the multitrack recording from "Atlanta" and reveal what Weiland's voice sounds like when paired with just the string section or an acoustic guitar. Hearing his singing without all of the other instrumentation highlights its range and power.
The video is called "Memories of Candles and Incense," which is a lyric from "Atlanta." Robert DeLeo called it a "brilliant performance," and said that the band chose it "because we feel it represents one of the times in our career that Scott was truly at his best."
The surviving band members said in a statement to Rolling Stone, "Recently the three of us sat down together to share our memories of Scott and take a moment to reflect on the amazing times we shared. We put the master up of a song called 'Atlanta' from the No. 4 record that we feel really highlights the true brilliance of Scott. We would like to share it with you.
"Together let's honour Scott. ... 'Memories of Candles and Incense.' Having the opportunity to listen to these tracks individually reveal the beauty of Scott's lyrical and melodic gift. This is one of the many musical moments we shared together. It is in this way we would like to remember Scott."
Check out the sombre black and white video below.
Weiland died due to an overdose on cocaine, ethanol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA). He had a longtime history with substance abuse. Read Exclaim!'s tribute for the singer here.