Scott Weiland Says He Was Raped as a Child
We all know the antics that Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has gone through, including drug and alcohol abuse. However, in his new book Not Dead & Not For Sale, which was released earlier this week, Weiland made some shocking revelations.
Excerpts from Not Dead & Not For Sale were posted by SPIN. Weiland revealed that he was raped when he was 12 years old living in Ohio.
“A big muscular guy, a high school senior… [who] rode the bus with me every day to school… invited me to his house. The dude raped me. It was quick, not pleasant. I was too scared to tell anyone. ‘Tell anyone,’ he warned, ‘and you’ll never have another friend in this school. I’ll ruin your f____ reputation.’ Adds Weiland, “This is a memory I suppressed until only a few years ago when, in rehab, it came flooding back. Therapy will do that to you.”
The autobiography also discusses Weiland’s not so warm and fuzzy feelings about Velvet Revolver:
Guitarist Dave Kushner, “put some songs on a CD [for me] … it sounded like Bad Company and I never liked Bad Company. A week or so later another CD arrived with songs custom-designed for me… I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to hook up with these guys. Duff said, ‘There’s soundtrack stuff we’ve been asked to do, and the money’s great.’
“The money attracted me. [But] I can’t call it the music of my soul. There was a certain commercial calculation behind it. Velvet Revolver was essentially a manufactured product… we came out of necessity, not artistic purpose.”
Weiland shed some light on his dismissal from VR after picking up his drug habit again.
“I was running wild during the second Velvet Revolver tour [in 2007],” writes Weiland. “At the beginning of the tour, I was okay, but then a single line of coke in England did the trick. I snorted it. And soon the demons were back. Thus began another decline… I was out there again, going to dangerous places to buy substances.”
“All this was done in secret; the guys in Velvet Revolver didn’t know I was using. When I told the guys that we’d have to miss a couple of gigs because I needed treatment, their reaction shocked me. They told me I’d have to pay them for those cancellations — in full. I reminded them that when they had relapsed and needed rehab, I had supported them completely. It made no difference to them…. It didn’t matter that Velvet Revolver had sold some five or six million records. I was out.”
Other sections from the book touched on Weiland’s shared drug habits with Courtney Love and the first time the singer did heroin while on tour with Stone Temple Pilots.
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