Jeff Zito

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 12: Musician Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver performs at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas at Universal Amphitheater December 12, 2004 in Universal City,

Scott Weiland would have been 53 years old today. Today is also the day he was found dead back in 2015.  I’ll never forget the time we talked.

It was 2001 and friends of mine in a band named Cinder, were in LA recording an album for Interscope records with Scott.  They collaborated on a Cinder song together but the album was never released(we’ll get to that part later).  I remember being half in the bag one night at a little place in downtown Ft Myers called Fat Cat’s Drink Shack, when my buddy Roger Young, who was the lead singer of Cinder, gave me a call.  It must have been 11pm or so, and as we talked, I asked how it was going with Scott.  He said “He’s sitting right here, why don’t you ask him yourself.”

I got a little star struck when he came on the phone.  We made some awkward small talk before I asked if they were going to be at the studio for a while.  He said they were, so I rushed back to the radio station I was working at the time, 99x and called him back and recorded a 15 minute interview.  This was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my radio career.