Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota on December 3, with his cause of death recently confirmed to have been drug-related.
The singer parted ways with the group in 2013, later briefly replaced by Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, but now the three other founding members – Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz – have uploaded a tribute video in which they focus on Weiland’s songwriting in their song ‘Atlanta’.
“Recently the three of us sat down together to share our memories of Scott and take a moment to reflect on the amazing times we shared,” the remaining members said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “We put the master up of a song called ‘Atlanta’ from the No.4 record that we feel really highlights the true brilliance of Scott. We would like to share it with you.”
“Together let’s honour Scott… Having the opportunity to listen to these tracks individually reveals the beauty of Scott’s lyrical and melodic gift. This is one of the many musical moments we shared together. It is in this way we would like to remember Scott,” they added.
“Dean and Eric and I wanted to honour Scott, and we thought the best way to do that would be musically. We chose this song because we feel it represents one of the times in our career that Scott was truly at his best,” Robert DeLeo says in the video (see below). “When you hear this track, we hope to share in the same feeling and spirit each of us had while recording it. The four of us, in a room, capturing a moment in time on tape. So enjoy this song and the depth of this brilliant performance from Scott.”
“This is one song in particular hits me the same way that it did the day that we recorded it,” Kretz added. “I love how he crafts such great lyrics, the melody, and the true and honest tone in his voice. It’s truly something special.”
Following Weiland’s death, his former bandmates posted an open letter, saying: “You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse. With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.”
Weiland’s funeral took place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on December 10 and was attended by members of Stone Temple Pilots and the singer’s other former band Velvet Revolver.