Only a day before Scott Weiland and his new band, the Wildabouts, were set to release their new album, its guitarist, Jeremy Brown, was found dead in his California home.
Brown was 34. No cause of death has been determined, the Los Angeles Times reported. He died on March 30. Weiland expressed his grief on Facebook.
“It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius.”
Jeremy began his musical career in Minnesota in 1992, when he started playing guitar. After high school, he headed out to L.A. to be a musician. For seven years, Brown played Stone Temple Pilots’ tunes with Scott after he was kicked out of Velvet Revolver in 2008, Hollywood Life added.
As the guitarist for the Wildabouts, Jeremy was lauded for his ability to “to play with tones both volcanic and cavernous,” the Times added. For Weiland, his pairing with Brown was “original and infectious and brought me back to the feelings I had when I made my first couple records,” he told Rolling Stone.
The rock legend learned of Jeremy’s passing when he and the other Wildabouts were rehearsing; his family called to let the band know what had happened, the New York Daily News added.
“We were all concerned this afternoon when Jeremy didn’t show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight’s album release … I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated.”
Brown is survived by his wife, Cara, sisters Ashley and Jamie Brown, and his mother, Brenda Bonura. The Brown family hasn’t been immune to tragedy – both his father and two other brothers previously died.
Weiland has cancelled a gig marking the release of the Wildabouts’ new album, Blaster, in light of Jeremy’s death.
“A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts.”
[Photo Courtesy Scott Weiland Facebook]