Late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland’s former solo band guitarist Doug Grean gave his first interview since Weiland’s December 2015 death on the AlternativeNation.net affiliated podcast Appetite for Distortion, hosted by Brando. AlternativeNation.net reporter and freelance writer Doug McCausland co-hosted the episode. Grean worked with Weiland for 15 years, including recording Happy in Galoshes and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Their working relationship ended a few years before Weiland’s death.
Grean has a new web series called ‘Starman’, loosely based off his experiences working with Weiland, with the character being a drug addicted British rocker in his 60’s who believes aliens are after him.
Grean revealed that Scott Weiland went to the Exodus rehab facility after Kurt Cobain died. Exodus is the rehab facility where Cobain infamously jumped the wall in April 1994 before return to Seattle and dying by suicide a few days later. Alternative Nation transcribed Grean’s comments.
“I’m a drug addict, I’m a sober drug addict. I went to the rehab that Scott met my brother in a year before. It’s also the same rehab where Kurt Cobain jumped the wall and a few days later killed himself. It was a famous rock star rehab, but it wasn’t fancy, it was really dirty.
Anyways, so yeah, I know all about drugs. I think one of the reasons I was able to stay around Scott for so long was because I didn’t do drugs with him ever. If you came into the family or the organization, which was very small, and you started doing drugs with Scott, the management and the record company would see you as the enemy because you are enabling.
Look, misery loves company, and he had a better shot at staying sober without having another drug addict who wants to get high with him. So if I had been getting high with him, I would have been gone after a year, because it was that hard to keep him on the straight and narrow.”
You can contact Doug McCausland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to “Ep. 96 – Doug Grean talks Scott Weiland, Drugs, and SciFi” on Spreaker.