The rock world was hit hard last night when whispers that former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland had passed away started bubbling up. Details, to date, are still hazy: Weiland's official Facebook page announced that the 48-year-old had died in his sleep, later reports pointed to cardiac arrest, and it's unclear if other factors were involved. While Weiland's extensive career was mainly characterized by his work with STP — not to mention a brief 2003 to 2008 hiatus with Velvet Revolver — he was in the middle of embarking on a tour with his now band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts before it tragically became the last tour he'd ever embark on. And, whether it's to look for answers or because of morbid curiosity, I'm sure you're all wondering: what was the last performance Weiland had on this tour?
Weiland's last show with the Wildabouts took place December 1 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Adelaide Music Hall, and it's disheartening to say that reviews of this particular gig are virtually no where across the Internet. Likewise, the official setlist is barren, with likewise set lists from the tour featuring only one or two memorable tracks. But thank god for YouTube and camera phones. We do know, to the great credit of modern technology, that Weiland unearthed plenty of Stone Temple Pilots crowdpleasers like "Crackerman," "Meat Plow," and "Vasoline." There was also this amazing performance of the Stone Temple Pilots' 1996 track, "Big Bang Baby."
Thus far, reviews of the tour have been mixed. Though a recent stop in Montclair, New Jersey was received favorably (with plenty of revitalized STP covers along the way), another gig in Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania was decidedly more tepid. Allegedly, the band played to a crowd of less than 300 and Weiland remarked, “Look at this huge crowd… smallest crowd of the tour.”
Despite the fact that his final performances opened to such inconsistent reception, the world has lost one of the last epic musicians of rock n' roll, and everyone knows that. A simple glance at Twitter, or any social media, will unearth people lamenting the loss, while listening to their favorite Weiland songs on repeat. Though he'll be missed terribly, his legacy will reign on through his music.