Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is not your typical rock star. He records vocal tracks separate from his bandmates. When on tour he travels separately from the band. And when he is in a crowd of people, he is not comfortable.
Weiland's social anxiety dates back to a time when the band was not yet a household name. In a recent article at bloginity.com, Weiland talks about how he turned to drugs to deal with the discomfort. Using heroin took away the fear, but unfortunately led to several arrests. Ironically, Weiland's fears were greatest when offstage; when onstage he viewed himself as a performance artist playing a part.
What do you think? Could a rock star who performs in front of millions of people really suffer with social anxiety?
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