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Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s custom urn was revealed in a new People article, and it depicts his trademark megaphone that he used onstage at concerts throughout his 30-year career. The urn was designed by Foreverence, who also designed Prince’s custom urn. Weiland died on December 3, 2015.
Weiland’s close friend and former Lavish studio manager Rocco Guarino told Alternative Nation on Facebook, “I love that Jamie [Weiland, Scott’s widow] had them make it with the black gaff tape on it like I used to do. He would throw it on stage at every show and I’d have to pick it up and put it back in the drum riser. The latch would come undone and the batteries would fly out, or the rubber rim would come off, or the volume knob would turn, so I just taped everything down with tons of black gaff tape. One day I decided to do a little design with the tape, and he liked it so I kept doing it. And now it’s immortalized.”
Foreverence CEO Pete Saari discussed the custom urns his company has created, “Bob Casale, from the band Devo, was the first celebrity family we worked with. We were still in the concept stage of our business when I saw that Mr. Casale had passed. I was reflecting on the fact that; here is a guy who’s so associated with not only his art but also this very iconic object in the Energy Dome hat. I even thought, it’s the perfect geometry for an urn. So I decided to stop daydreaming and reached out to his management team, expressed my regrets and told them that I have a very unique suggestion about how to honor Bob, his life, his art and legacy.
The manager listened, liked the idea and told me he’d share with the family to get their thoughts. It was a spirited conversation but not one that I thought would lead to an immediate call back. Ten minutes later he phoned me back and said he shared the idea with the family and they loved it. They said it was perfect and it was “the first ray of light for them in a very dark period of time.” They said the only issue was that half of his family was in Los Angeles and half in Akron, Ohio and would it be possible to order two. They even sent me one of the original Energy Dome hats and invited us to be their guest at a San Francisco show.
The Devo story received a lot of press which made us very ‘findable’ for other high profile families looking for something very special. Since then we’ve had the honor of helping the family of Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead, the family of Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots and, of course, Prince. The Devo piece is clearly a replica of the Energy Dome hat, but the real honor has come from being asked to design each of the other celebrity pieces we’ve made from the ground up.”