Slash told a Flint, Michigan radio station recently that, contrary to what you might think, Velvet Revolver is not dead -- and the band is once again on the lookout for a vocalist. Speaking with Banana 101.5, Slash revealed, "With Velvet, there's no singer in place, and there hasn't been, but we've been, actually, very quietly been looking for somebody who's right for that band."
It's been five years since Velvet Revolver parted ways with singer Scott Weiland, and despite jamming with rockers like Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, the group has never found the right replacement. The last time we asked Slash about it, he said that things hadn't changed: "Everybody asks the same question: 'Where are you with that?' It's really, we're nowhere until we can find somebody who can do that job. Very quietly I've had my ears to the pavement, trying to see if there's anybody that fits that bill, and it's got to be somebody really good, 'cause I don't want to rush into it out of desperation. I want to wait 'til I get the right person."
- Since Velvet Revolver went on hiatus in 2008, Slash himself has released two successful solo records with his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, while bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Dave Kushner have all worked on individual projects as well.
- The Velvets briefly reunited with Weiland for a charity gig in January 2012. Weiland himself was recently fired by his original band, Stone Temple Pilots, and has been doing his own solo tour.
- Slash also revealed the existence of another project that the members of Velvet Revolver have gotten themselves involved with. He explained, "I'm playing some shows in South Africa with Duff and Matt and Glenn Hughes and Sebastian Bach, and that's going to be interesting. It's called Kings Of Chaos, and Duff and Matt and Steve Stevens and Glenn Hughes and Sebastian Bach are the main band, and then they have guys that come up and guest . . . It's going to be sort of like Velvet Revolver with Sebastian and Glenn Hughes singing."
- The South African dates take place next month. Slash plays at Ozzfest Japan this Saturday (May 11th) and has scattered U.S. gigs lined up for the rest of the summer.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you find it hard to believe that Velvet Revolver is still looking for a singer?
- Do Slash and the other members just not want to admit that the band is no longer viable at this point?
- What do you think about Velvet Revolver with either Glenn Hughes or Sebastian Bach on the mic? Could that work?
- Should they get Weiland back?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
syko kyd wrote: "I wish these guys would tell it like it is and admit that this band is done."
Aztec wrote: "Mr. Hughes would e a good singer for VR but i don't see him giving up the bass to do it."
McMan711 wrote: "You know, the guy from Three Days Grace might be a good fit."
Adam West wrote: "how about 'very quietly' calling Axl and doing the 80's thing that you're known for?"
lowrider wrote: "Cmon guys!!! Re hire Weiland who cares if hes a problem guy, rock and roll has been recognized for a tradition of pain in the ass frontmen. Its a part of the charm."
Slash On Finding A New Velvet Revolver Singer
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