News Segment


July 13, 2005

Rehab has been good for Scott Weiland.

Because the Velvet Revolver frontman successfully completed a stint in a court-approved treatment facility, a Pasadena court commissioner dismissed drug charges against the rocker Tuesday.

Weiland could have faced up to three years in prison for a 2003 arrest for heroin and cocaine possession, but California’s Proposition 36 allows low-level offenders to enter rehab to circumvent jail time. Weiland pleaded no contest to the felony drug counts and was ordered into treatment.

The 37-year-old rocker has long and sordid history of substance abuse dating back to 1995.

His repeated arrests in the late ’90s, typically followed by extended stays in rehab or jail, effectively killed his previous band, the platinum-selling Stone Temple Pilots.

Most recently, he was arrested on his 36th birthday in 2003 for driving under the influence. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to six months in an aftercare program.

The newly sober Weiland has been fronting Velvet Revolver for the past two years. The group, which also includes ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, played a well received set July 2 at Live 8 in London. Velvet Revolver’s latest single, “Come In, Come On,” is featured on the Fantastic Four soundtrack.

Revolver’s debut album, Contraband, debuted on top of Billboard’s album chart when it was released in 2004.

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