Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum answered “no” when asked if Scott Weiland was officially back in the band during an online chat with fans at the Musicians Inquiry web site. Sorum was also asked if Velvet Revolver would ever record new music with Weiland, and said “you never know.” He added, “Scott is a great frontman; it’s just hard to be on the road sometimes when things don’t flow.”
Sorum was also asked if Velvet Revolver was still looking for a new singer, and stated “Yes,” before adding, “We are trying out a guy from England now.” Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco, who performed three tracks with McKagan and Slash at the recent Road Recovery benefit, has been mentioned as a possibility. British rocker Royston Langdon, Donovan Leitch also reportedly auditioned for the band last year, and we all know about the well-publicized audion of Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. There was a split between VR band members as to bring Corey into the fold, with Sorum and Duff McKagan for it, with Slash not feeling Taylor as the new singer. It was recently revealed that the group recorded an album’s worth of material with Taylor.
Corey recently told espn.com: “What I would have brought to Velvet Revolver would have been more of the attitude that I think they wanted from Scott, but they got the negative side of it, you know what I’m saying? Scott, to me, has always been the guy who — he’s much more interesting when he’s being a dick to other people than he is onstage, to be honest. I mean, he does the lizard weird-thing-dance and everything, but that gets old after a while. When you need that strong frontman, he just really didn’t do it because he was too busy just being into himself instead of engaging the audience.”
Corey added, “So I would have tried to basically build a bridge between what (the members of Velvet Revolver) had with Axl [Rose during their time with Guns N’ Roses) and what they had with Scott, but with a little more good time feel to it — ’cause I can have an attitude and still smile, all fucking day. I think, in a lot of ways, they could have relaxed a little bit, knowing that they wouldn’t have to worry about, What’s the singer going to do? Are we going to be able to go onstage on time? Are we going to be able to play our show without a fit being thrown? Are we going to be able to play the songs the way they were written?
“I am a firm believer in, give the fans what they want. Do what you do, but give the fans what they want. They’re the whole reason that you are where you are, and they deserve every fucking bit that you can give them.”
Check out Velvet Revolver’s four-song performance with Scott Weiland at the “Love You Madly: A Concert For John O’Brien” event at the House Of Blues on January 12th below. The guys paid tribute to their friend, award-winning ASCAP composer John O’Brien, who was found dead in his Chicago hotel room last August.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
1. Sucker Train Blues
2. She Builds Quick Machines
4. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)