Scott Weiland: Five Great Onstage Meltdowns Before His
For more images from Sunday's ill-fated show, see our slideshow here.
As most of the continental U.S. knows by now, Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland (above) had some... issues... at the band's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion show Sunday. Arriving late and opening their set with a lengthy, slurred rant, he admitted to having started drinking again following his brother's death in early 2007.
Weiland did not specifically say if he had been drinking on the way to Texas, but amid rumors that the whole tour has been scratched, STP have since cancelled Tuesday in El Paso, tonight in Lubbock, Saturday in Austin and Monday in Corpus Christi. This morning rollingstone.com picked up the report.
Weiland is hardly the first rock star to take the stage in questionable condition. Shockingly enough, we're told that the use of recreational drugs backstage is very common in the world of rock and roll, sometimes even occurring right before the artist's set. We know, we couldn't believe it, either.
Here are some great onstage meltdowns by some of our most beloved rock stars. Of course, we can't personally vouch that every single one of them is due to drugs or alcohol. Maybe it was just "exhaustion." But then again, maybe that exhaustion was the result of having been up for several days blasting rails of cocaine and ground-up painkillers. Or just good old-fashioned insomnia.
Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray "Oh, for God's sake, Elphaba. So the roof leaks a little, suck it up and finish the set."
Sly Stone: Earlier this year, Sly Stone had some problems onstage at Coachella. The notoriously unreliable front man babbles unendingly, gets completely lost mid-song and seems like he might not even know where he is. Stone is one of rock's famous recluses. This video shows that some people should stay reclusive.
KISS: Paul Stanley confronts a fan who won't quit bothering KISS with a laser pointer while they're trying to perform. Threatening "you take it out again, I'll put it up your ass," Stanley even tries to get the crowd to pass the guy up to him for proper execution of justice. The lynch mob fails to materialize, however, possibly because no one wanted to be the first to grab the offender. Even though they immediately segue into "Detroit Rock City," we wouldn't be surprised to find out that this happened in Houston.