Taylor says he’d have taken the best of Rose and Weiland if he’d been given job as GNR offshoot’s singer

Corey Taylor

Best of both worlds: Taylor

If Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor had got the job of singing with Velvet Revolver, he’d have “bridged the gap” between Axl Rose and Scott Weiland, he insists.

And he believes it would have allowed the band to enjoy themselves much more than when they worked with the two wayward singers.

Taylor tried out with the Guns n’Roses offshoot act in 2010 and wound up recording almost an album’s worth of demos. But guitarist Slash wasn’t comfortable with his delivery, and so bandmates Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner let him go.

VR have been without a frontman since they sacked Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland in 2008. But they’ll reunite with him tonight for a one-off charity performance.

Taylor tells ESPN: “What I would have brought to Velvet Revolver would have been more of the attitude I think they wanted from Scott. But they got the negative side of it.

“Scott, to me, is much more interesting when he’s being a dick to other people than he is onstage. He does the lizard weird-thing dance and everything, but that gets old after a while. When you need that strong frontman, he just didn’t do it because he was too busy just being into himself instead of engaging the audience.”

Taylor says it’s important to give fans what they want, and that’s what he’d have done. “I would have tried to basically build a bridge between what they had with Axl and what they had with Scott, but with a little more good-time feel to it.

“I think in a lot of ways they could have relaxed a little bit, knowing they wouldn’t have to worry about, ‘What’s the singer going to do? Are we going to be able to go on stage on time? Are we going to be able to play our show without a fit being thrown?”

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