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Scott Weiland: Performance Makes Public Question Sobriety

Singer-musician Scott Weiland had a questionable on-stage performance in Texas that left the public wondering if he was back on drugs, despite his reported claims of being clean for 13 years.

Is Scott Weiland Using Drugs?

On Tuesday, May 5, singer Scott Weiland, who has a history of abusing drugs, performed with his new band The Wildabouts in Texas.  He claimed technical difficulties were the cause of his bizarre performance of the Stone Temple Pilots’ song, “Vasoline.” .  Representatives for Weiland claim the singer had only a couple of drinks prior to the evening’s performance, and that he was feeling tired.  A spokesperson for Weiland also claimed a faulty earpiece made it tough for the singer to hear the song accurately.

History of Drug Use

Scott Weiland began struggling with substance abuse at a young age..  According to Esquire Magazine, the singer went to his first treatment facility after his parents found drugs in his bedroom.  Weiland was arrested for drug possession in 1995.  He and Courtney Love were allegedly using together when he was living in Los Angeles and hooked on drugs.  In 2003, Scott Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, a band formed by individuals from Guns N’ Roses.  He was arrested in May 2003 and spent five months in jail.  In October 2003, on his birthday, he was in a severe car accident while under the influence.  He was mandated to attend treatment by court.  Despite Weiland enjoying success with Velvet Revolver throughout the years, he left the band for rehab in 2008.

Scott Weiland Accused of Drug Use

Scott Weiland rejoined the Stone Template Pilots in 2010.  However, in February 2013 the band broke it off with Weiland, claiming he was late and having substance use issues.  “Past demons are past demons; that’s stuff that I dealt with 14 years ago,” stated Weiland about the matter.  “I mean, I guess Keith Richards [from The Rolling Stones] gets asked about [drug use], so why shouldn’t I?  But it’s not something that I think about, ever.  Those days of my dope abuse, and use, are long since by me.”

Since a spokesperson for the singer claimed Weiland had two drinks prior to his performance on Tuesday, it should be clarified that alcohol is still a drug.  Although it’s commendable that Scott Weiland has been able to abstain from abusing other drugs for 14 years, a person isn’t sober if they are drinking alcohol.  Only time will tell whether Scott Weiland’s performance was truly due to technical difficulties or if the singer is in denial of being back on drugs.  What do you think?

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