David Bowie Tried To Save Scott Weiland Shortly Before Death


Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s musical hero was David Bowie, and shortly before they both died in December 2015 and January 2016 respectively, Bowie reached out to Weiland offering help with his demons through former MTV 120 Minutes host Matt Pinfield. Pinfield documents the story in his book All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.

“The last time I saw David, at the end of our conversation he pulled me aside and said, ‘I know you’re friends with Scott Weiland. Please let him know that I’m here to talk if he needs someone.’ I think he spotted in Scott a kindred soul. Not only musically – you can hear the Bowie influence so powerfully on STP songs like ‘And So I Know’ on their third album, and ‘Kitchenware & Candybars’ on Purple – but in terms of the demons he was fighting. So backstage at one of his solo shows I passed along that offer to Scott, and he said, ‘I’d love to talk to him.’ That was my final encounter with Scott. By the start of 2016, both he and Bowie were gone.”

Weiland died from an accidental drug overdose in December 2015, while Bowie died from cancer just a month later in January 2016. Weiland covered several Bowie songs throughout his career including “Jean Genie,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Andy Warhol,” and “Fame.” Weiland told Alternative Nation in a November 2015 interview, “Most of my favorite David Bowie songs were from Low, Lodger, and Heroes.”

When I suggested he cover “Panic In Detroit” he seemed game, but thought my idea of a David Bowie covers album was a bit much.

“Yeah, that would be cool, but it seems a little too obvious, though.”

  • Allison Auld

    Hmm… I think Pinfield is a liar. First, he said Scott reached out to him right before his death. Then, he said Chester B. reached out to him right before HIS death. Now David Bowie is reached out to Scott through him. Bowie and Weiland are both dead, so no-one to confirm or deny this story. He seems like a bullshitter to me.

    • Patricia McDonald

      This was unlikely during the last six months of David’s life,as he was very ill. Why didn’t he contact Scott immediately,knowing how much Bowie meant to him? It might have made a difference. I did read somewhere Bowie did check up on a few old friends during his last months including checking in on sobriety issues.

      • Allison Auld

        Scott said in an interview one month before he died that he had never met Bowie, that someone was going to set up a dinner for them to meet but it didn’t happen. I highly doubt, with Bowie being so ill, that he contacted Scott two months before he himself died. I really think Pinfield is a bullshitter.

        • Alternative Nation

          Pinfield’s a good dude, he’s telling the truth. He loved Scott, listen to his tribute from when he died talking to Matt Sorum.

          • Allison Auld

            I listened to it when it first aired. It’s weird how he just happens to be one of the last people these rock stars talk to right before they die (Scott, Chester, now Bowie). And they’re all dead so no-one can verify or deny these stories. Maybe they’re true but it seems like a big coincidence and more like he’s inserting himself into their death narrative.