Guitarist reveals he’s “moved on” after Slipknot frontman’s audition – and McKagan hints the band could be over for good
The long-running drama over Velvet Revolver’s future could have fizzled out after guitarist Slash has said he regards himself as having “moved on” from their recent attempts to find a singer.
The band have been on hold since sacking singer Scott Weiland in 2008. Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recorded with the band, leading to speculation, supported by members, that a deal was close to being made.
But Slash says the studio sessions were just a standard VR audition – and the guitarist wasn’t happy with the results. So he’s moving on with his solo career.
He tells Vorterix.com: “Because of social networking that information gets out so quickly now. We did work with Corey, but all we were doing was trying him out.
“Our process is that we take a lot of music we wrote and give it to the guy we’re auditioning, he writes his lyrics, we perform it, record it and see what it’s like.
“So he did come in and do all that – but it just wasn’t right. It didn’t seem to fit to me. He’s great. I love Corey, but it didn’t seem like the answer to the Velvet Revolver problem.”
That problem may never be resolved now. Slash says: “I’m going to make another Slash record and go on tour. So at least for the next couple of years, nothing is going to be happening with Velvet Revolver because I’ll be focused on this.
“I’m just not really concerning myself with it right now. We had all these different guys try out, all really good singers, but nobody has fit the thing. So I have to move on.”
Bassist Duff McKagan admits the remaining members of VR are beginning to think it might best be left alone. He tells Guitar International: “It will happen if it’s supposed to happen. Scott Weiland is a tough guy to replace – you don’t want to go out there and fuck it up. Some things are better left as is.”
But he understands why he’s constantly asked about the possibility, and about the chances of a Guns n’Roses reunion. he tells QMI: “I’ve had to learn to understand it. I could fight it, but there’s no use because there’s so many people on the planet. I did this signing in England and there were 1000 people each day. The first day, I got those questions 1000 times, so the second day the organisers put up a sign that said, ‘No, Guns n’Roses are not getting back together, and Velvet Revolver are not doing anything right now.’ It was hilarious.”
Meanwhile, McKagan hints that despite the name of his solo band being Loaded, he’s not as well off as people might think. “If you were to live my life, you’d see I have to work,” he says. “I have a wife and two kids. Yeah, I’ve been very fortunate – but rich?
“People make his assumptions about the guys in GnR. They think I’m rolling in it. But trust me, you don’t have any idea what I make.”