Since the death of Scott Weiland a little over two weeks ago, friends and family have paid tribute in a variety of ways. From covering his music to asking fans to remember him for the flawed person he truly was, there has been the full gamut of responses. When the surviving members of Stone Temple Pilots recently got together to commemorate their old frontman, they did so by revisiting one of his most powerful tracks.
“We put the master up of a song called ‘Atlanta’ from [1999’s] No. 4 record that we feel really highlights the true brilliance of Scott,” guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz told Rolling Stone. “We would like to share it with you.” They added, “Having the opportunity to listen to these tracks individually reveal 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.”
The trio have shared a video entitled “Memories of Candles and Incense”, a name taken from the lyrics to “Atlanta”, in which they sit down to revisit the track from its original master. “We chose this song because we feel it represents one of the times in our career that Scott was truly at his best,” DeLeo explained in the video. “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.”
“This is one song in particular that hits me the same way that it did the day that we recorded it,” added Kretz. “I love how he crafts such great lyrics, the melody, and the true and honest tone in his voice. It’s truly something special.” To highlight this, they frequently cut away the instruments in the track, focusing simply on Weiland’s vocal performance. The most touching moment may come right at the end, when there’s nothing left but the late frontman’s whistles.
Watch the touching tribute below to experience what the band feels when they revisit “Atlanta”.