Scott Weiland Was Confronted By Rock Legend: ‘You Look Terrible, You’re Going To Die’

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Former Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron discussed trying to save Scott Weiland’s life in a new Fox News interview.

When Weiland’s mother asked Chuck Negron to meet her son, he didn’t think twice to say yes. However, he was shocked by what he saw.

Weiland, front man of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was at a photo shoot in the Four Seasons. Negron thought the fellow rocker would be in rehab for his drug addiction. And he didn’t believe Weiland had quit cold turkey, as his mother allegedly insisted.

“I [told her]… ‘Look at him. Trust me, he’s got something,’” the 75-year-old told Fox News. “He’s doing a photo shoot for God’s sakes. When I kick [give up drugs] I’m in a corner throwing up.”

Negron originally achieved fame with ‘70s rock band Three Dog Night thanks to hits such as “One” and “Joy to the World,” among others. Having fought his own battles and nearly losing it all, he approached Weiland that day with a startling revelation.

“… I said, ‘You know, you have to understand, you look terrible,’” Negron recalled. “He didn’t like that. And I said, ‘You know, I’ve never said this to anybody, but… I think you’re gonna die.’

“And he died. He was very upset that I said that to him, he never wanted to speak with me again. So now I won’t say that again, because it’s too real for some people. But, in fact, he looked like he was gonna die and he did.”

Weiland died from a drug overdose on December 3, 2015 at age 48.

  • Allison Auld

    It would have been nice if the journalist gave a timeframe for this story. Was it the late 90s? Or was it toward the end of his life? A photo shoot at the Four Seasons doesn’t give a timeframe. If it was soon before he died, the last time he looked well was in 2010 (even though he was drinking). Anyone who couldn’t see he was on death’s door the last year of his life was either blind or turning a blind eye (for their own selfish reasons.)

    • Nicola

      I would think it was long before his actual death because his last tour was on a rented bus hitting small town dives. Seems like his Four Seasons days were over. And yes just watched his last interview: he was barely responsive and looked horrible. The only solace in Chris Cornell’s untimely death was that we did not have to see him deteriorate and be reduced to playing dives because he had a massive alimony check to write. I think that is what kept Scott on the road when clearly he was not physicaly or mentally fit.

      • makingconnections

        It is so sad to think of him carrying on trying to perform when he was obviously so sick by the end of his life. One of the commenters on here informed us that Scott had had a stroke a few years before he died as well.
        Who knows what the proper thing is to say to an addict who can’t stop. A woman I know who is very healthy and an addict with 5 or so years of recovery time in told me that she was in an alley in this City and her Mom and Dad came down to take her food and said: “Honey, don’t you think it’s time to leave this party now and come home?” She went home with them and has never looked back. I’ve met her parents in her shop and they are very kind elderly people and she certainly watches out for them now.

        • Nicola

          I believe that is true about the stroke. There’s a video on YouTube of him and the last wife at an airport. He seems to have trouble w/one leg. Sad because in his day he was such a flexible and vibrant performer.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, it’s a sad ending to such a gifted performer. At times like this I’m so glad for U -Tube and the fact that his children can see that he was healthy and talented and have their memories of him that are not just how he was as he got sick.

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      • Allison Auld

        I’m thinking it’s two different timeframes – first, Scott’s Four Seasons days, when Chuck was talking to Scott’s mother and then years later, when he told Scott that he looked terrible, soon before Scott’s death. The way Chuck Negron says, “I told him that he looked like he was going to die and then he died.” That doesn’t make any sense if almost twenty years separated Chuck’s warning and Scott’s death. The way he says it makes it seem like one event came quickly on the heels of the other. Either way, it’s pretty poorly written if it’s that confusing.

        • dakotablue

          I’m also wondering what the time frame for this story is. Should’ve said.

  • Kay B

    Yea this guy isn’t special for telling Scott he was going to die. We all knew that a yr before he did at least. Quite sad. I do think Scott had a stroke and his facial muscles didn’t recover fully. Either way I’m sure it hurt to be told you look like shit. Especially since he was considered a sex symbol…well he was to me anyway. And I know Scott didn’t look well. But I wouldn’t want to talk to that “rock star’ again either. They were big in the hay day but come on Three Dog Night? It’s like when people tell you… you look tired….Great! Thank you. So I look like shit thanks.

    • makingconnections

      I think the appropriate time to talk to someone about dying is when they’re in rehab…”We though you might die.” Someone who’s messed up and using or drinking isn’t going to hear you with the tough love. Maybe it works sometimes but I can’t imagine it. They’re too busy killing themselves.

      Scott Weiland was the ultimate sex symbol; however, in one interview during the latter stages of his life, he said he wanted it to be known he’d only loved two women. I find it touching for some reason that he wanted people to know that.

      • Kay B

        I think he wanted to live his life to the fullest and if that was with drugs so be it. Many of STP and VR songs ha drug references in them. It was one of his best subjects. I think about how the guys of STP now….how different touring is. I don’t want to say they are glad but how different it must be to have a singer show up on time and sing the songs. I however prefer the old Scott live. I didn’t care if he was high or drunk. It was his choice. He moved like liquid on the stage and always put on a great show. The new singer sounds good but can never match that. I remember one time he started singing “Piece of Pie” when I saw them in Milwaukee and the band stopped him because they knew he would not be able to muddle through it. So in this low, kind of horror movie voice Scott went to the mic and said “Ohhhhh no pie for youuuuuuuu…”
        I thought it was so damn funny.

        • makingconnections

          You are so lucky to have seen him live…I watch him and STP on U Tube and wonder what it would have been like to be in the crowd.
          Yes, it’s amazing STP did the performing they did if he was so high so often…the roller coaster and then the downward spiral was hard for fans to see, never mind members of a band he’d been in. He had a weakness and a love for Heroin I think, didn’t he? I remember reading something he wrote about the role it played in his life and it did seem like a choice, for part of the time anyway. I always imagine that if you still have it sort of together at first, it’s probably pleasurable and then your body and mind are affected and what a terrible price to pay. Yes, lucky you to have seen him on stage…what presence he had. I love watching modern dance, all forms of dance actually and I think Scott was so in tune with his body and could pull of the best moves…perfect with the songs. I could watch him move around to “Interstate Love Song” over and over. I’ve always thought he seemed to have such a deep and strong voice for someone who looked quite slight….not a big guy. Was he a big guy?

          • Kay B

            Earlier in his career he was actually pretty muscular. He played football in HS. The video for Sex Type Thing shows that. But the drug abuse really took his weight away. Esp in the video for VR Slither. It is hard for me to even look at him there. Such a difference in the videos. I believe he was 5’11.

          • Olga Stewart

            I was mesmerized by the way he was moving in the “Sour Girl” video.

          • makingconnections

            I love that happy video and yes, the dancing is a big part of it.

          • Kay B

            Big bang baby video was made with the video for Toni Basil’s Mickey song. That explains the white background and colorful clothes. Has an 80s twist to it.

          • makingconnections

            Why didn’t you tell me I’d typed “Bang Bang Baby”….God, that’s embarrassing. I shouldn’t stay up so late!

          • Kay B

            I didn’t notice!

          • makingconnections

            Thanks for the suggestion re lush……I’m all smooth and happy after a cocoa butter infusion!

          • Kay B

            Oh nice. I have so much of that stuff I don’t know where to put it. At least my bathroom smells good all the time.

          • makingconnections

            Great Idea…our place will be for sale in a few weeks. I think I’ll leave some products about.

            The last time we sold a house I brewed intense Chai Spice Tea and we got an offer the three times I did that!

          • Kay B

            I have a friend who takes their bath bombs and puts them in a decorative plate in the shape of a pyramid in her bathroom for the smell.

          • makingconnections

            Good idea…the sense of smell is such a powerful thing. I remember reading that the shop owners in Japan use cinnamon fragrance and other spices to give people a sense of well being and relax so they’ll shop happily.

          • Kay B

            My daughter is so funny she is really into smells too. We go into stores and we have to smell candles and air freshers, deodorants….. she just follows suit. On a much darker note, I was watching a doc on Robert Pickton. And then I was thinking of a video from Depeche Mode called “Wrong.” It’s kind of disturbing but I thought it was done well and the song is great too. I was thinking how a video like this gets little recognition, besides the dark side of it, but then we have shit videos that get so many awards today. I know my mind skips all over. I can’t tell if that’s a good thing or a fault yet.
            https://vimeo.com/4435893

          • makingconnections

            It’s is very ironic that you bring this topic up!
            Yesterday we went to a funeral for a bright young person, loved by so many, a charismatic person, a nutty person, and so able to reach out easily. We’ve lost so much. He died in a car accident.
            Today my husband and I are depressed, upset and wrung out after 3 hours of friends speaking of him and truthfully, ever one of them made me cry.
            Today I’m thinking that we go along in our modern lifestyle in North America and we don’t have to look at the dark side often. You do in your work and are probably much more at ease recognizing darkness and accepting it, than the average person. I thing music is a tremendous way for us to get in touch with the fact that life is not “a bowl of roses”. In times gone by, before antibiotics, people died more easily and there was much more darkness to cope with. We live in a strange time. We have huge posters up at bus stops here, with pictures of attractive young people..a young man with long hair who looks like the most well adjusted teen and a girl who’s beautiful and the words with the poster says: “Friend, cousin, drug taker, student, son.” It speaks volumes of the losses people are going through here….being totally “slammed” by their loss of a child that they had no idea was endangering their life.

            P.S. I think you’re intuitive!

          • Kay B

            I see I was late to the last Vic article. I wish she would stop messaging/tweeting under his name. They aren’t his thoughts.

            Anyway, my co-worker found out last night her niece died of an OD in Chicago last night. She said her niece started running with the wrong crowd and it was bound to happen you just don’t know when. Reminded me of how I felt about Weiland his past few years. I think our kids futures are going to become more hard with the drugs, bullying. suicides and a lot of other stuff. I was just reading the other day how the choke out game is back. I remember this in like 5 th grade. I was too smart to participate, but some of my friends would do it. Very scary.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, it’s difficult not to feel anxious for our kids with all of the edginess of their day-to-day lives, especially as they move towards adulthood but aren’t there yet. Sorry to hear about your friend’s niece…It’s like being slammed I imagine. One of mine had someone make them a slave at school…literally tying their sneakers up etc. I was going to talk to a counselor and was told: “You’re not saying shit to anyone! I’ll get through this….and they did.” I was looking through some of their elementary school journals this evening and they’re so innocent: “Do you like anyone in the class? No, I don’t like boys, just as friends, not as you-know what.” That changed. HaHa!

          • Kay B

            The sour girl video is fantastic. So is lady picture show.

          • Olga Stewart

            I need to watch the ‘Lady Picture Show’ video then. :).

          • makingconnections

            I just watched Lady Picture Show…wasn’t Scott Weiland the coolest guy and what an easy approach the band took to this song.
            I’m fascinated by their drummer that always seems so laid back and glad to be doing what he’s doing.

          • Kay B

            No one can pull off a crushed velvet suit like him.

          • makingconnections

            That’s for certain Kay! Seeing as how we’re hopeful for young new artists coming along, maybe someone like the singer for “Greta Van Fleet” will do something interesting with his style of dressing.

          • Kay B

            I saw STP 11 times. It never got boring. I drove to different states to see the band. Miss those days.

          • makingconnections

            You are very lucky Kay and I’m sure you’ll carry those memories with you your entire life…being that devoted a fan defines a person.

            I was listening to “Meadow” tonight and liked it but made me miss
            Scott Weiland being with us….I had some things altered yesterday and the seamstress was telling me about her belief in alternate universes…maybe Scott is just over there….

          • Kay B

            I keep thinking of how my daughter being 6 will probably have no good concerts to see as she gets older. I am really dumb founded by music these days. I was going to concerts every week in high school and it was so fantastic. Now we have such crap on the radio for the most part. Our youth will miss out.

          • makingconnections

            I know what you mean….my kids are older than yours and although they don’t see concerts so much, they are at lots of outdoor music events and are passionate about different things. One of them likes dancing to musicians that come to the city and perform in hokey small venues with Just Your little girl will find things to feel like you did about Scott Weiland….I know she will!

          • makingconnections

            One regret of mine is never having seen David Bowie during the “China Girl” era. I know people who saw him perform then and he was at a beautiful stage with his music. I love it all….especially “Suffragette City”!
            It seems wrong to speak of him on a discussion about Scott Weiland but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.

          • Kay B

            Scott really channeled Bowie at some points of his career. Look at this album cover. I can see a lot of Scott in it. Scott said he was a huge Bowie fan.
            https://www.allmusic.com/album/bowie-at-the-beeb-the-best-of-the-bbc-radio-sessions-68-72-mw0000619751

          • makingconnections

            Wow!

            They both had the ability to reinvent themselves somehow and have looks that allow that. It’s true artistry.
            Have you watched “Babylon Berlin” on Netflix? I thought it was terrific and loved the way it portrayed the cabaret scene in Berlin before the war. I loved the dancing in it as well. The singers and performers did the same thing with their appearance I think.

          • Samsoni

            “Channeled”?!?… I call it for what it is.. copying; stealing; imitating;.. no offense but as much as I love Scott, he was never really original. He went his whole career always trying to be like somebody else.

          • Olga Stewart

            Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

            And I think Scott was very much like himself.

            No one else was like him.

          • Kay B

            I disagree. Look at the beginning when he was known for wearing his 7up vendor jacket then he matured with his style very much from there. The cover of Rollingstone in 1997 and his video for Lady Picture Show. His style went from there to 1940s style for his Christmas videos. Then later in his career he again changed into a sheek style with he also had a clothing line for called English Laundry. Not many rockstars have their own clothing line. He got that privilege because of his style. I suggest you look up some images.

          • Olga Stewart

            I watched that “Lady Picture Show” video.

            Loved the song (especially how Scott’s voice sounds at the end of it).

            And I also loved the suit that he was wearing in the video.

      • dakotablue

        So his first wife, second wife and final fiancee–who’s the odd one out?

        • makingconnections

          Oh Jeez, he’s up the creek, even at the stage of the game!!

  • makingconnections

    Would someone please tell Brett Buchanan that Vicki Cornell’s crying and screaming is of little interest to people. This site would be so much better if we never saw another post from her again.

    • Kay B

      Ha! I was wondering who was going to post elsewhere.

    • Olga Stewart

      What again?

    • Olga Stewart

      If she thinks it’s just about impossible to get through each day, does she even realize how Chris must have felt?

      • makingconnections

        I keep thinking of a time that I was working with a little girl who’d lost her mother in a horrible way…6 years old. A therapist told me to take her out on our deck (in the middle of nowhere) and for us both to scream at the top of our lungs. We couldn’t. Only the smallest scream would come out. Trauma.

  • Olga Stewart

    Chuck, you were a wanker for saying that to Scott.

  • Joe Costigan

    Can’t bash this guy for telling Scott the truth. His STP bandmates also dealt with Scott’s addictions in a manner that was too confrontational for Weiland to deal with which led to the breakup of the band and Scott surrounding himself with people who would not give him grief about his unhealthy habits.

    When I was younger I used to think partying, boozing, popping pills, smoking weed were all fun things. Now in my mid 30s and along way away from that lifestyle I was able to kind of move on with my life and look back and realize it is not a sustainable way to live. Obviously many addicts abuse drugs/alcohol as coping mechanisms which I cannot speak too. It’s such a thin line between those who are able to come out of that lifestyle and those who succumb to it. I try not to judge but I think it is only human to judge people to a certain degree. Personally, I just hated to see Scott’s decline and his reluctance to get clean. I just thought it was a waste of talent and his natural abilities – the same way I feel about Layne. I don’t judge that they were using drugs but I do judge them in the fact that they really squandered their artistic ability because of their dependency on drugs. It’s very much a Catch 22.

    An addict’s personality is an interesting thing – I remember reading articles/stories about both Layne and Scott – both stated that at a time they were addicted to working out/running – to go from that to using hard drugs just goes to show the wide swath addiction covers.

    • makingconnections

      I like reading honest posts like this….thanks.

      I think Scott said towards the end of his life: “I don’t understand how I could quit heroin but I can’t stop drinking.” I think for some the addiction becomes so deeply entrenched that they become permanently lost and are focused only on trying to get high. I think when you liver is compromised and everything is breaking down, a person doesn’t even get that high….