Members of Staind, Extreme, Shinedown Perform Separate Acoustic Tributes to Scott Weiland
It's been one week since the passing of former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland. The adage of "the music will live on forever" continues to ring true as more and more musicians perform covers of some of Weiland's best-known songs.
The performances posted here include Aaron Lewis of Staind and Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt each performing the Stone Temple Pilots classic "Creep," plus Brent Smith and Zach Myers of Shinedown covering "Big Empty." All three renditions are performed acoustically and are an emotional tribute to the late singer. Lewis performed the song one day after Weiland’s death in Indianapolis, Ind., while on his acoustic tour. Opting for an a capella beginning, Bettencourt gets to the second verse before slinging his acoustic back around and finishing the song mirroring the original a little more closely.
The Shinedown frontman and guitarist are currently on an acoustic tour together, promoting their 2014 EP Acoustic Sessions, which came out under the name Smith & Myers. The stripped down version works well as the song is rather moody and Smith’s low croon lends itself well to a cross between the original and acoustic cover.
Weiland was found dead on his tour bus late Dec. 3 while on tour with his solo act, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. Since his death, police have searched his tour bus and found a mix of substances and pills including cocaine, Xanax, synthetic opiates, sleeping pills, Viagra and medication used to treat Weiland's bipolar and schizophrenic diseases in the singer's bedroom. Cocaine was also found in bassist Tommy Black's room. He was brought into custody under possession charges and has since been released as police continue their investigation.
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