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 in the interview that Scott Weiland had a drug ‘psychosis’ that made him believe at times that aliens were after him. He also discussed the dangers of prescription drug abuse, a problem that tragically plagued Weiland.
“The reason I put the SciFi in there is because Scott used to get to the point pretty much every day where the chemicals in his bloodstream would trigger some kind of psychosis, every fucking day. None of them were illegal, they were legal drugs, but they were prescription drugs, and he would take too many of them. At about 9PM almost every day, he would start to experience some signs of psychosis. This went on for like 15 years, it went on until the day he died. I know all the drugs that he was taking, but I don’t want to mention them because I don’t want to get murdered by the pharmaceutical companies.
So over the years he had a lot of different psychosis, he would get one and it would last for a year, then he would move onto another. At one point when we were making the Velvet Revolver he thought that the aliens were following him. That’s why they have that song on the record ‘Loving The Alien’. Around that time, his psychosis was aliens. This is the really interesting point, we didn’t know what to do, because it’s not necessarily illegal for a guy to abuse his medications until he acts psycho, that’s not necessarily illegal in America. So, we had to just sit there and let him do it.
You can’t throw them in rehab against their will, you can’t do that in America, you can’t cut off their supply of drugs, you can’t do that in America. We have a prescription medication epidemic in this country right now of epic proportions. This is one story in a big ocean of other stories about prescription medication abuse that ended with people dying.”
You can contact Doug McCausland at firstname.lastname@example.org.