Jeremy Brown, Scott Weiland Guitarist, Dead At 34
March 31, 2015 at 12:55 PM (PT)
JEREMY BROWN, the guitarist for SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS, has passed away at the age of 34 from undetermined causes. The group's album, "Blaster," comes out today. BROWN had performed with WEILAND for the past seven years.
WEILAND posted the following message on his FACEBOOK page:
"We received a call today about my friend JEREMY BROWN that has shaken me to the core. We were all concerned this afternoon when JEREMY didn’t show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight’s album release show at SCHOOL NIGHT. An hour later, JEREMY’s family called us to say that he had passed away. I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius. It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts. A post on FACEBOOK feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts."
BROWN first worked with WEILAND in 2008 when the singer recorded his solo album "'Happy' in Galoshes." BROWN, along with WILDABOUTS bassist TOMMY BLACK and drummer DANNY THOMPSON, also joined the singer on the road for his PURPLE TO THE CORE tour, where WEILAND performed STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' "Core" and "Purple" live. WEILAND then took the band into the studio to record "Blaster."
"The sound we were getting felt original and infectious and brought me back to the feelings I had when I made my first couple records. Just excitement, feeling invigorated. Youthful," WEILAND told ROLLING STONE, while revealing to LA WEEKLY that BROWN "came up with a majority of the riffs" for the new album.
WEILAND cancelled the band's album release gig last night at LOS ANGELES' SCHOOL NIGHT after learning of BROWN's death.
ALTERNATIVE NATION journalist DOUG McCAUSLAND added: “I met JEREMY briefly in ATLANTIC CITY last year after his tight performance, and he was very laid back and personable. His crunchy guitar riffs on 'Blaster' really brought new life to THE WILDABOUTS. I give nothing but my deepest condolences to JEREMY’s friends and family.”