During a recent performance, Scott Weiland botched “Vasoline” so badly he was nearly booed off the stage. Witnesses who attended the show at the Brewster Street Icehouse in Corpus Christi said the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman appeared to either terribly confused or drunk.
Although Weiland performed the popular hit countless times, he fumbled over the lyrics during the Tuesday’s show. Fans were also appalled, as the performance was terribly off-key.
As reported by TMZ, Scott Weiland’s botched version of “Vasoline” led to speculation about the singer’s drug use. However, his rep said drugs were not a factor.
According to a representative, the subpar performance was the “perfect storm” of exhaustion, a few cocktails, and an equipment malfunction. The representative insists Weiland’s earpiece stopped working during the performance, making it difficult to maintain the correct pitch.
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Although the explanation seems logical, fans are not convinced. In a 2011 interview with Spin, Scott Weinland discussed his struggles with heroin addiction.
“The opiate took me to where I’d always dreamed of going. I can’t name the place, but I can say that I was undisturbed and unafraid, a free-floating man in a space without demons and doubts.”
Although the singer insists he overcame the addiction, fans are concerned recent events may have pushed him too far. In addition to an unfortunate case of mistaken identity, Weinland is also mourning the death of his Wildabouts bandmate and friend Jeremy Brown.
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Throughout his career, Scott Weiland has appeared in numerous bands, including Velvet Revolver and Art of Anarchy. However, he found his greatest success with Stone Temple Pilots.
Between 1993 and 2010, Stone Temple Pilots was nominated for four Grammy Awards. In 1994, the band was honored with a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for their song “Plush.”
“Vasoline,” which was botched during Scott Weinland’s Corpus Christi show, was one of Stone Temple Pilots’ most popular songs.
In 1993, the single made it to the number one position on the United States Billboard Album Rock Tracks list. “Vasoline” also came in at 39 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay the same year.
Although the former Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman is touring with a different band, fans were looking forward to seeing and hearing Scott Weiland sing “Vasoline.”
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