Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Dec 12th 2009 4:00PM by Steve Baltin
"He actually died of cardiomyopathy and his family he left behind are having a real rough time with it financially," Weiland tells Spinner. "His widow was recently laid off from her job and she worked two jobs previously. And the first thing I did was I wanted to create a foundation in his name to help them out. I'd always helped my brother out over the years through difficult times and helped their family out."
Weiland admits, "It's not the easiest thing for me to part ways with clothes, I'm kind of a clotheshorse, you could say, or clothes whore."
But as attached as he is to his wardrobe, Weiland realized it could do a lot more to help others. "I looked through a lot of stuff and there was stuff I just hadn't worn, and felt like it would be better served auctioning off to my fans in order to help my sister-in-law and her two girls," he says. "I've given stuff away to churches before when there are clothing drives, but I saved up most of the stuff for this auction because it means a lot to me to help my nieces."
As one would expect, these clothes have seen some real rock history. "There's a blue three-piece suit I had that was hand-tailored in New York with maroon piping ... I was wearing that when I met Neil Young after the Grammys," he says. "So that was kind of cool."
One of the most prized items in the auction is a guitar signed by Weiland and his STP band mates.
To bid on that and other pieces, and learn more about Weiland's ArchAngel Organization, head to the SoftDrive Records website.