Slash on Scott Weiland + Velvet Revolver: ‘He’s a Great Guy When I’m Not in a Band With Him’
Slash has further refuted Scott Weiland's claims that the singer is returning to the Velvet Revolver fold to record a new album and to embark on a tour. He essentially said that while he loves Weiland, he doesn't want to be in a band with him ever again. That sounds pretty definitive!
Last week, Weiland went on record to say that he was back with the band and making new music with them, despite being booted four years prior. The singer went as far as to reveal that his former bandmates gave him new songs, and that he and guitarist Dave Kushner and bassist Duff McKagan were getting ready for a writing session. He also confirmed that a tour would be taking place in late summer, since Slash would be promoting his solo album 'Apocalyptic Love' in the meantime.
Sounds pretty official and like Weiland was in the know, right?
Wrong. Slash was the first person to deny the reunion, saying, "He’s out of his mind. There’s been a common rumor going around. I know that he’s been positive on that subject. Maybe they know something I don’t. I have absolutely no intention of going back to that."
Slash further shot Weiland's claims to hell last night (May 18) on Eddie Trunk's 'Friday Night Rocks' radio show (quotes courtesy of Blabbermouth.) Turns out the guitarist was prepping for an interview with a Minneapolis radio station when the you-know-what hit the fan.
Slash said, "And [the radio show host] starts saying something at one point where he goes, 'So Scott Weiland's back in Velvet Revolver. And how does that feel?' And I was like, 'Woah! What?' And he goes, 'Yeah, Scott said you guys are writing together and you're gonna be on the road by the end of the year.' And I was just like, 'Am I delirious? What are you saying?'"
The guitar god continued, "Anyway, then, which was a good thing, he played me a tape of the actual conversation with Scott saying all this stuff. I was like, 'What the f---?' And that was it. And I called Duff, and I was like, 'Duff, do you know anything about this?' And Duff says, 'I have no idea.' So that was it. I was just in a state of shock."
Slash then went to the other source – Kushner- who told him that he and Scott "had some conversations at some point about getting back together. But I remember that was sort of Scott's M.O. when we did that reunion thing." The band played a benefit show earlier this year, where Weiland took his place behind the mic for a one-off.
Slash continued, "So he's been interested in burying the hatchet and getting back together and sort of juggling this whole STP/Velvet Revolver perfect-world thing. And I'm, like, there's no way that's gonna happen. I love Scott — he's a great guy when I'm not in a band with him. I'd just like to keep it that way. So there's no truth to this whole thing. [It's been given] way more attention than it even deserves."
That's the latest in this saga. Stay tuned, as there is bound to be more.