Scott Weiland (born October 27, 1967 in Santa Cruz, California) is an American musician, lyricist and vocalist. He was the lead singer of the popular hard rock band Stone Temple Pilots throughout the 1990s and is currently the lead singer of Velvet Revolver.
Weiland was born Scott Kline but his name was changed when his stepfather, David Weiland, adopted him. Though born in Santa Cruz, he moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio by age 5, and lived there until he was 15, at which point he moved to San Diego, California.
Weiland met bassist Robert DeLeo? at a Black Flag concert, and shortly thereafter formed the band Mighty Joe Young with DeLeo?'s brother Dean on guitar and Eric Kretz on drums. The band's name was changed to Stone Temple Pilots when it was discovered shortly after signing with Atlantic Records that "Mighty Joe Young" was already taken. The name "Stone Temple Pilots" itself has no significance other than forming the acronym "STP" which Weiland remembered having a sticker of on his bike as a child. Origi...