Stone Temple Pilots perform their debut album "Core" in its entirety, live from Mates Studios in North Hollywood, California. Part of the Coda A Family Affair Theme.
Even in death, a charismatic singer’s light can never be snuffed out. That said, God help the person stepping in to fill those boots. That’s exactly what Jeff Gutt has done for Stone Temple Pilots, whose original vocalist, Scott Weiland, defined ‘90s alternative rock with his deep, commanding vocals.
Groundbreakers innovate and originate. They’re the artists by whom we measure music’s before-and-after evolution. There was reggae before Lee “Scratch” Perry and reggae music after Lee “Scratch” Perry, acid-rock before and after Pink Floyd, guitar playing before and after Jimi Hendrix. They’re among the groundbreakers who build new roads for all who come after to travel.
It’s fascinating to watch great artists evolve over long and prolific careers. But what of the artists who die young? When the greats don’t live long enough to see their 50th birthday, let alone their 40th or 30th, we all feel the loss. Whether it’s John Lennon, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley or countless other talents who died prematurely, it’s not just their families and friends who mourn the loss, but the world.