Studio Manager Denies Refusing To Give Scott Weiland’s Son His Guitar

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TMZ, along with SPIN and Blabbermouth, reported yesterday that Scott Weiland’s ex-wife Mary and 15-year old son Noah went to his studio, Lavish Studios, last week to get one of Scott’s guitars that Noah wanted. Their report stated that an argument between Mary and someone at the studio ensued, and police were called. The report did not state who was working at Lavish at the time, but studio manager Rocco Guarino told Alternative Nation on Facebook that the story didn’t get the facts straight. He told us, “This was not about a guitar, and the TMZ story is almost entirely false.” He also sent us the following:

“I was the studio manager at Scott Weiland’s Lavish Studios in Burbank. Mary and I were scheduled to meet on Thursday at Lavish, but she arrived two days early with her son and the Burbank police due to false information that gear was being taken from the studio prematurely.

When I opened the door, two Burbank cops forced themselves inside uninvited and without a warrant. They tried, along with another pair of cops, then a third pair of cops, to convince me to let her in. I refused, locked up the studio and left.

There’s a hearing scheduled for Feb 5 and until then I wasn’t comfortable letting anyone into the studio without written consent from all parties.

On Thursday, as scheduled, Mary and I met amicably at Lavish, and she took possession of the studio.

At no point was a guitar in question.

I planned on writing a proper eulogy for Lavish and I regret (and resent) having to write this first. Lavish was my creative home for many years. And Scott was my friend for many years. While others had the benefit of eulogizing him in the press, my name is now associated with a lie regarding his son.”

Scott Weiland’s Lavish Studios closed last week, and is now for lease. Weiland opened the studio in 1997 in Burbank, CA, recording his solo albums 12 Bar Blues (1998), Happy in Galoshes (2008), The Most Wonderful Time of Year (2011), and Blaster (2015) at the studio. Weiland also worked on his vocals for Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Art of Anarchy at Lavish. Lavish was a private studio until 2014, when it was opened to the public to record with Rocco Guarino heading up the endeavor for Weiland. Guarino continued to run the studio in the two months following Weiland’s death on December 3, 2015.

The 2,400 square foot studio is up for lease for $4,200 per month.

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  • Corndog

    So, did Mary just make the thing about the guitar up then or what?

    • valhalla

      I am not trying to get flamed, but, yesterday people were blaming Jamie for not letting Noah have the guitar. People on another website were going so far as to accuse Jamie of trying to sell Scott’s possessions to fuel her drug habit when there is no evidence that Jamie is using drugs. Pure speculation. Of course, people also accused Mary of being on drugs. Again, pure speculation. I am not sure why Mary chose to put Noah in that situation involving police trying to force their way into the studio two days ahead of the scheduled meeting.

      • dakotablue

        Don’t know her current condition but she was on drugs. She and Scott were both using together. It’s in her book.

        • valhalla

          Yes, (and didn’t she say she was misdiagnosed?), but, the other day, people were accusing Jamie of all sorts of nonsense when Jamie wasn’t even involved. Just trying to be “fair” by saying that people were also saying Mary is back on drugs. No info that either one is using…guess the studio guy kinda set the record straight that Jamie wasn’t involved.

          • dakotablue

            Yeah, she’s now saying she wasn’t bi-polar (although something like that was the title of her book), but Scott was. They both were on meds for it, Scott until he died, I believe. Probably messed up his system–wouldn’t be surprised if they helped lead to his death, especially mixed with booze, other drugs.

          • Curley

            She’s a nut case, she was no better than Scott, at least he admitted he was a junkie he said she got as bad as him in a short time.
            What kind of mother would write that shitty letter and say on behalf of her kids? Sounds bipolar. The kids just lost their father, damn where was the grieving period???? she said scott gave up and they lost hope.
            Has it occurred to Mary that after 20 years of abusing drugs, being a alcoholic, taking prescription drugs while drinking. His body couldn’t take it any more, lights out. RIP Scott
            And Mary wants to finish school so she can help others on drugs, what a joke.

          • Ann Anderson

            I have read her book and there is NO WAY that she is not bi-polar. I am bi-polar and she exhibited classic mania and depression and was diagnosed by several different doctors. She was so bad that she had to be taken to psychiatric hospital against her will. She lit all of Scott’s clothes on fire in their driveway walked around in a dress that she cut up with scissors and went to Scott, who was staying in a nearby hotel because she asked him to take the kids there because she was “losing it”. His assistant had the kids in another room fortunately. He tried to talk her down but instead she ran around the room drinking everything from the mini-bar and swallowing a stash of Vicodin she had in her purse. Then when Scott left she trashed the hotel room and was arrested. She couldn’t settle down, stop her racing thoughts or sleep for days. And there were several other episodes. And Scott was actually doing okay at the time. And prior to that she had bouts of depression since she was in her teens. So it is complete BS that she was misdiagnosed because of being immersed in Scott’s multiple illnesses. That didn’t help matters but it did not cause her mania and depression. That part of the letter was designed to further trash Scott. He loved her and went with her to therapy and treatments. And she was a total drug addict and serious user, matching Scott in quantity and severity. But she got pregnant after her 7th trip to rehab and never went back to that life. She focused on raising the children. And Scott continued to relapse and go back to rehab. But in 2015 after losing his close friend and band mate, he gave up on trying to control his alcoholism and relapsed on cocaine as well. He had a backstage rider specifying a bottle of organic vodka (and likely other types) in his dressing room. He no longer brought a sober coach/companion with him on tour. And worse, he had hepatitis C from the years of IV drug abuse and drinking alcohol with that, along with his prescriptions, was a recipe for disaster.

          • valhalla

            I am aware of all of this information and more. Please do not assume that I am uninformed simply because I prefer to use diplomatic language regarding this situation because it involves Scott’s minor children, and like it or not, Mary is their mother. I am just as appalled as most reasonable people about the vitriolic open letter; however, I can be objective enough to accept that Scott was not able to maintain long-term sobriety due to a variety of factors.

          • Curley

            Well said

          • Ann Anderson

            I had never made any such assumption so I am sorry if you somehow got that impression from my words. I actually felt that you were well informed on the situation with Scott. So I’m truly continuing to scratch my head over this one. It is incredibly obvious to us all that Scott could not maintain long term sobriety. Tell me what “diplomatic language” that you I guess substituted for some reference I made about the kids because I am totally lost on this one.

          • Curley

            He probably couldn’t afford a sober coach.

      • Ann Anderson

        Jamie has had nothing to do with this. And she does not use or abuse drugs. I have not read one thing about her going to Lavish Studios at all. Rocco Guarino is the studio manager and a close personal friend of Scott’s. He is in charge of everything there and it is also a probate matter. Sadly I am not surprised about Mary doing that. She does not always show the best judgement and should not have involved Noah in this.

        • valhalla

          Yes, I know that Jamie had nothing to do with this. I was merely pointing out that other people immediately jumped to the wrong conclusions. I try to be diplomatic, but it is very obvious as to who is causing the drama. TMZ happily accepts that it is a celebrity gossip website. More often than not, TMZ gets the “scoops” because they can afford to have paparazzi stake out certain hot spots and can afford to pay for information.

          My humble opinion is that there is a lot more truth to the original story that Mary showed up, with Noah in tow, to demand the guitar. That is what I was trying to say in diplomatic terms, as I try to avoid engaging in pointless flaming wars. If you read my other posts, I state that I am glad that the studio manager cleared up the misconception that Jamie was involved.

          • Ann Anderson

            I knew from the moment I read that trash and that it came from TMZ that there was no credibility whatsoever. Rocco managed Lavish and was a personal and family friend. So I knew that he would never create that sort of drama and hurt Noah. But as far as Mary goes, nothing would surprise me.

          • Ann Anderson

            That is interesting. What Rocco said was that he was already scheduled to meet with Mary on that Thursday at Lavish and she showed up on Tuesday with police in tow . Because she had heard that there were some of Scott’s property being removed. It was found to be untrue and Mary and Rocco met on Thursday then as originally scheduled.

    • dakotablue

      Either she did or TMZ did, or both. Don’t trust either one for the truth.
      She seems to be trying her hardest to stomp on Scott after his death. Using their son to help do this is really low.

      • Corndog

        If that is what’s she’s doing ten i agree with you completely. Can’t get much lower.

        I have a psycho hose beast ex and i know what it is like to have her use my son to get at me.

        • valhalla

          Sorry to hear that. Parenting 101: dont use kids to get back at the ex. It generally back fires. But Ive seen people get annihilated for even suggesting that these kids are gonna end up resenting Mary.

          • Corndog

            Thanks, i appreciate that.

            I think it already has backfired on her, because my son has got to see for himself over the last 4 years since we split what a complete and utter nutjob she is, and sad as it is to say it, he really doesn’t seem to like her at all.

          • valhalla

            Oh my. Best wishes to you and your son.

          • Corndog

            Cheers:)

          • dakotablue

            If the kids are old enough (and I think they might be) they will be able to remember their dad as he really was and not through Mary’s condemning eyes. And smart enough to make their own judgments about what’s going on. I hope so, anyway.

          • Ann Anderson

            And they will resent their mother for not allowing them to attend their dad’s funeral. That was really wrong to take that away from them. She probably tried to make it seem like it was partly their decision. I have heard that Lucy has an amazing voice and perfect pitch. It would have been nice for her to have connected with Scott’s former and present band mates at the funeral.

          • dakotablue

            Glad to hear the vocal gift is going on through the family line. I think I read that Scott’s vocal talent was recognized pretty early, too–he was in the tip-top choir at his high school.

      • valhalla

        Yeah, not cool to put Noah in that situation. Mary isn’t doing herself any favors by first saying how much the kids are hurt and then going ahead and putting the kid right smack in the middle of serious drama.

  • Jimmy Intense

    Disgusting that she is trying to claim everything of Scott’s in his death just as she did in his life.

    It seems more likely that Scott never updated his will nor named Jamie the executor. That whole mess just seems very strange.

  • Jesse Bukal

    Well, well, we’ll… The plot thickens.

    Mary took possession of the studio? That sucks that Rocco got drug into this drama.

    • valhalla

      Agreed. I wish that Mary would exercise a little more impulse control. From the updated report, it sounds like the studio manager was Scott’s long-time friend and that Scott trusted him. It also seems like Mary could have contacted the studio manager to express her concerns and to get information about what was going on before involving
      the police. That was an aggressive action that placed Scott’s friend and studio manager in a legally awkward situation, not to mention the stress of having several police officers trying to push their way into the studio. And, I have to ask, at whose insistence were the police acting? And, why put Noah in such a volatile situation with the police repeatedly trying to get into the studio with no warrant and no agreement signed by all parties?

      I sincerely hope that this entire family can resolve their issues in a civil manner. Not just for the kids’ sake, but for the sake of Scott’s cancer-stricken parents, his half-brothers, other family members, and the fans.

      • Nicola

        She seems to be setting a terrible example for the kids, at a time when they need stability. She seems to thrive on chaos.

        • dakotablue

          Agreed. And greed and publicity (shades of Courtney).
          I really hate when a parent disses the other parent to their kids, making the kid feel like a part of himself is crap. I’ve seen grandparents do this, too, talking down a child’s mom (their son’s ex-wife) right in front of the kids. Shame on you.

          • Nicola

            and it sounds like Scott’s parents aren’t long for the world due to cancer, so the kids will lose their grandparents: one of the few sources of positive memories of their dad. With the drama their mom inflicts upon them, plus possible inherited genetics, I fear their future may be repeated history.

          • Curley

            Agreed.

      • Ann Anderson

        She definitely has issues. Like submitting that scathing letter to Rolling Stone before Scott’s funeral was even held. And the decision that their children did not attend his funeral was not really theirs I’m sure. They missed an opportunity to receive love and support from Scott’s family and close friends. And to hear the eulogies and watch the lovely slide show with music. And then Mary submits a scathing letter about Scott to Rolling Stone before the poor man’s funeral was even held. The ultimate in bad taste and judgement. And someday Noah and Lucy are going to resent their mother for all of this. No wonder Chris Kushner (Dave from Velvet Revolver) made the statement on her Instagram account. She said ” It’s a sad day when you bury a friend. Don’t believe everything your read. He was a good man. Remember we were all there.” And then Mary insists that she is the executor of Scott’s will/estate. Wasn’t the $15 million she got in the divorce enough ? And poor Scott was struggling to pay her $60,000 a month in child support. And he was in such poor health and should not have been on tour at all. I don’t blame Mary for being angry with Scott for not getting help for his alcohol and drug addiction so that he could be a better father. But she also moved the kids away from Scott and made it difficult to see them even though Jamie would accompany Scott and the kids.
        She really exhibited poor judgement in bringing Noah into that volatile situation. My heart goes out to him and Lucy. Scott may not have been the best father but he loved them dearly and spoke about them all the time. I hope that Mary makes sure that the kids get to spend time with Scott’s family members especially his parents.

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  • Raj

    What a mess, I am more inclined to believe the studio manger’s story. Can’t blame him for not lettiing anyone in without it in writing. Sounds like Mary fabricated a story to the cops and tried to force her way. Maybe she gets the studio but not the guitars? In any event she took possession of the studio. Smh.

    • valhalla

      I wonder if there is a police report, especially if that many officers were involved?

  • Curley

    How could Mary take possession of the studio?????
    The greedy junkie has been Scott’s ex for 9 years.
    Scott’s 1st and 3rd wife never wrote a tell all book,
    by the way Mary why is there no pictures of your modeling years??
    You always look like you have a pickle up your ass.
    Glad Scott found love again with Jamie.

    • Ann Anderson

      I am also grateful that Scott found and fell in love with Jamie. She loved him for himself and not what he had. He was so in love with her and wrote several beautiful songs on “Blaster” about her. So at least he was in love during the last several years of his life. My heart goes out to her.

      • Curley

        Yeah but he still died alone on a bus. Sad.

  • Felonious Punk

    Hold Scott responsible for failing to update his will to include benefactors who actually give a shit. Mary just wants the money the studio will bring her, and probably nothing more.

    • dakotablue

      Maybe Scott wanted everything to go to his kids, and since Mary’s their mom and they’re minors, she has to supervise. Just hope she doesn’t spend all his sweat-soaked cash before the kids come of age. RIP Scoot, you are missed.

      • Felonious Punk

        He should have specified that in his will then: everything goes to the kids as soon as they turn 18. Half to Noah, and half to Lucy.

        I honestly think he just didn’t care about it at the time of his death. He had a new wife and everything, but that will was still stating Mary as the benefactor of whatever he had left.

        • Ann Anderson

          It was mentioned that there is money in a trust fund as part of his will. It makes sense that that is for the children. And it would make sense that there would be a structured disbursement. Like them receiving a fixed amount to pay for college at age 18 and then some at age 21 and the rest at age 25. But yes, Mary would probably be named as the person in charge of the disbursement. But I also read that Jamie said that Mary was saying there is $2 million in the will, not including the trust. And Jamie said that there isn’t anything like that. That, in fact Scott was broke. There is a $147,000 tax lien on his property. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a big drawn out dramatic mess.

          • Felonious Punk

            I think it already has, unfortunately.

  • valhalla

    Why, oh why does Richard Patrick continue to give his explanation as to “why” Scott Weiland died?

  • Seahorse1020

    There is way too much speculation going on in all the comments, no one, absolutely no one knows what’s going on other than Mary, Jamie and families attached. Just like everyone jumped to conclusions regarding the previous article that ended up being completely wrong. Scotts kids supposedly had no relationship with Jamie and Mary is probably fearing Jamie taking what is rightfully the kids, she may be overreacting but so be it. Geesuz it’s no one business anyways. You all speak of Scott as though he was some angel, he was a druggie and a drunk up until the end, no one wants a father like that. I am sure his vices and mental illness tormented him but he was not what a father should be, far from it and this is his biggest failing and one I’m sure he had a hard time living with but not enough to change. And don’t get on your bandwagons about how hard it is to quit, I’ve seen family members and friends do so, it’s hell but it can be done.

  • Ellen Georgian

    what a shame it comes to this with all that he gave us….I think the manager deserves to stay and nuture the studio….and maybe pass the torch to the next person that forms a connection with the place….no, instead the vulture tears it apart as the vulture did with the rest of his life and his name….