Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo discussed Scott Weiland turning to drugs in a new Songfacts interview with Greg Prato.
Songfacts: Why do you think Scott, Shannon [Hoon], and so many other talented musicians from that era wound up turning to drugs?
DeLeo: I think that goes back to childhood. I’m not a psychologist, but I think everyone’s got their own issues. I can’t even explain what it’s like being in a band, and being in a band that has had success. It’s not really normal.
You have to remember who you are. That’s a constant reminder along the way – it has been to me. That’s really a Native American way of looking at things: Remember who you are. And that goes back to before any of that happened, meaning signing a record contract and making money, joining the circus and doing whatever the hell you want to do.
I think you have to remember who you are. Some people don’t and they can get consumed by it. In the end, it kind of compounds and there’s no stopping it. It’s a blueprint of people in entertainment. You can watch it and see it. That – like addiction – turns into the same thing. You either die or you go to jail.