Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan claimed in a new Rolling Stone Interview that his late bandmate and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland had two separate funerals. Duff McKagan discussed attending Weiland’s funerals
“Falling Down” and his own addictions on “Wasted Heart,” a song he previously recorded with his band Loaded, presenting both from a compassionate perspective. On the gospel-tinged “Feel,” though, he sings about his friends and people he looked up to, including his onetime Velvet Revolver bandmate Scott Weiland, Prince and Chris Cornell, who have died in recent years. McKagan had been close to Cornell. Since his wife and Cornell’s ex-wife had both given birth around the same time, the two new dads grew closer. “I had this hangover still from Scott, not processing it,” he says. “I went to two different funerals for him, both quiet, and I just didn’t know how to process it. It was one of those things, like, you could see it coming, but when it happens, it still hurts. That sense of loss.”
It was reported that about 50 people attended Scott Weiland’s funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary in December 2015, including his former Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots bandmates. Slash, Duff McKagan, Dave Navarro, Rocco Guarino, Jamie Weiland (Scott’s widow), and Tom Vitorino (Scott’s manager) spoke at the funeral. It’s kind of strange that Matt Sorum wasn’t reported as attending the funeral, but it was known they had a pretty bad falling out once Velvet Revolver ended.
Velvet Revolver released the following statement following Weiland’s death:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experience a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.
Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.
It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.
Rest in peace Scott.
Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave