The name, however, already belonged to a blues musician, so the band chose Shirley Temple's Pussy as an alternative.
After signing with Atlantic Records in 1989, the band was pressured to rename again, settling on Stone Temple Pilots to maintain the STP initials.
The song, fuelled by Weiland's straightforward, emotive vocal, went on to be their only song to chart on the Evan Agostini/Getty Weiland got married for the second time, tying the knot with model Mary Forsberg.
Their son Noah was born that November and their daughter Lucy followed in July 2002. Forsberg recounted their tumultuous marriage, marked by drug and physical abuse, in her 2009 book, Kypros/REX Shutterstock In the early hours of November 20, 2001, Weiland was arrested at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas — where Stone Temple Pilots was performing — on domestic violence charges, following an incident in which the singer repeatedly pushed his wife Mary into a wall in their hotel room during an argument over a prescription medication.
"Life doesn't make any sense unless you can enjoy the journey, and sometimes I take that for granted. I try to learn from my mistakes." Kevin Mazur/Getty This OD served as the third probation violation on Weiland's 1997 conviction for heroin possession.
Under California's "three strikes" law, this meant a mandatory prison stint.
"Scott called and said, 'I'm fucking up — I need help,'" STP guitarist Dean De Leo told Jeff Kravitz/Getty Stone Temple Pilots' hiatus led to no shortage of musical output: The Weiland-less musicians, alongside Ten Inch Men lead singer Dave Coutts, put out a record as Talk Show in 1997, and Weiland soon followed with his first solo LP.
After recruiting De Leo's brother Dean on guitar and Eric Kretz on drums, the group recorded a demo as Mighty Joe Young.Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library The future alt-rock chart-topper was born Scott Richard Kline in San Jose, California.His parents, Sharon and Kent, divorced two years later, and Weiland took his stepfather Dave's last name when he was five.Dec 7, 2015 : AM Scott Weiland, the troubled and gifted lead singer of alt-rock icons Stone Temple Pilots passed away on Friday at the age of 48.Here is a look back at a tumultuous lifetime of hits, arrests, restarts and indelible music.