Filter’s Richard Patrick: ‘Will Be Sober’ Because Of Scott Weiland
Filter singer Richard Patrick says he’ll learn from Scott Weiland’s mistakes and will use the former Stone Temple Pilots singer’s recent death as an inspiration to stay sober.
Writing on the Filter Facebook page, Patrick — once played in the short-lived act Army of Anyone with STP’s Dean and Robert DeLeo — said: “I’m sorry, Scott. You know, I was trying to help.
“You were mad at me when I went public with my comments on your addiction, and [I] pissed you off just to get you to hear. I figured if I lost a friend in order to help him, it was worth the risk. I figured if the shoe were on the other foot, maybe one day you could hit me back somehow if I went out. People think it was lame or a publicity stunt, but all I wanted was for you to hear me, if not all of us.
“Bless you, Scott. I will learn from your mistakes. I will be sober because of you. Your death won’t be in vain.
“Whenever I feel the temptation to use, I will say to myself: ‘For Scott, not today.'”
Patrick said in an interview earlier in the year that STP fans were the “biggest enabler” for Weiland. He explained: “The amount of shit that [the fans] give the band for trying to have a normal life… [The fans are] just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of [what is going on] behind the scenes.” He added, “They’re pushing him into his death, because they’re making him believe that, ‘Whatever I did is acceptable. And I can be as high as I want. And I can do as much drugs as I want.'”
Weiland, who has had a long history of drug problems, arrests and stints in rehab, was found dead on his tour bus on December 3 at the age of 48. The suspected cause of death is cardiac arrest, although an official report has yet to be released.
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