GN'R 'Came Close To Reforming', Says Weiland

Former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has revealed that the original Guns N Roses line-up nearly reformed in 2004.

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Former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has revealed that the original Guns N Roses line-up nearly reformed in 2004.

Speaking to Classic Rock magazine before he was incarcerated for drink driving in Los Angeles, the current Stone Temple Pilots singer said that a reformation deal almost went ahead when the band released their 'Greatest Hits' compilation four years ago.

"It [reformation] almost happened," he said. "The pens were ready to sign. With the 'Greatest Hits', there was a possibility [of a reunion], but there was too much stuff being said. But it was a close call.

"I think they should get Guns N Roses back together, to tell you the truth," Weiland continued. "I think that would be the greatest thing that they could do. I think the world would be very happy. If they could stop talking trash about Axl [Rose] in the press. I would love to see that happen, as a Guns N Roses fan. I'd pay to see it."

Credits for the info to NME.com.

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    TheKermal
    This is endless eternal hype based on dreams that has crashed and burned years and years ago!
    MXFNCK
    first time I heard Scott say something nice. as far as the reunion goes, I hope they wont. it wont be like the old days. dont take me wrong i really dig everything they did. even spaghetti
    Korzack
    alliwant wrote: Scott Weiland said it... Therefore it's bs.
    I agree...; A bit sad though, but i don't care for it anymore, IMO.
    JimPrenier_11
    Bull shit...axl's got his head crammed so far up his ass he wouldn't get back with the original GNR and I couldn't picture Slash leaving VR....so It's bullshit
    ibutler
    alliwant wrote: Scott Weiland said it... Therefore it's bs.
    True true....sad though
    EnyoAdonai
    jimmy2579 wrote: How about they get Chris Cornell to front velvet revolver now?
    that would actually be awesome! but then he'd probably screw up another band. Lol zack De la rocha could front them
    Axeman25
    Flariduh wrote: rockontilludie wrote: Scott > Axl. Actually, In talent: Axl > Scott In attitude Axl = Scott
    hahah +1 good call. Axl is cool tho.
    Liam616
    man, i wish they would. ah well at least weiland isnt slamming them in the press
    not_dead_enough
    I'm gonna be the only one here to say it...GnR should NOT reunite because they have a perfectly good band as is! Even without Finck the 2 remaining guitarists beat any pre-1997 Gnr guitarist, and I think it's damn disrespectful on the current GnR members playing their hearts out for the impossible-to-please fans who want the return of a guitarist who's not even as good! Yes Izzy you wrote some good songs (which Slash soaked up the credit for), history won't forget you. But please move on. You want a reunion? REUNITE WITH BUCKETHEAD!!!
    minichibi
    acidfast wrote: Sorry but I can not believe one word that comes out of his mouth anymore. I could write a story saying that a Led Zepplin tour almost happen lets see if anyone believes me!!
    that sort of did happen... so bad example. but that's ok
    acidfast
    Misfit-FTB wrote: acidfast wrote: Sorry but I can not believe one word that comes out of his mouth anymore. I could write a story saying that a Led Zepplin tour almost happen lets see if anyone believes me!! You're not a frontman for a big band, so....yeah... Besides STP is better than VR. GNR should reform. Those are the guys that need to grow up and look past there diffrences. If they weren't blind they could see deep down thats what the majority of people want. Not that it matters to them or anything though. VR sucks ass. Give it up. They had like 3 good songs.
    My point was more that neither of us are believable people, which you solidified by saying im not a front man. He may be a front man but his credibility is about as good as a turd in a bag.
    alex lifeson7
    "and in other recent news, Dave Grohl says that a Nirvana reunion tour almost happened, since Kurt came back to life in 2005....." Sure whatever Weiland, it might be true, but who is going to beleive a word that comes out of your mouth..
    thenextkirk92
    TrUe MeTaL FaN wrote: radioplay wrote: Guns N' Roses almost reunited! At least according to.....someone who has never played in Guns N' Roses! I can see why he would know,but wouldnt you believe someone who was actually IN the band? lol. well he played w/ slash and other gnr membs
    haha shot down buddy
    Archetype00
    "If they could stop talking trash about Axl [Rose] in the press.." coming from the guy that called him a fat, botox-faced, wig wearing ****.
    TrUe MeTaL FaN
    radioplay wrote: Guns N' Roses almost reunited! At least according to.....someone who has never played in Guns N' Roses! I can see why he would know,but wouldnt you believe someone who was actually IN the band? lol.
    well he played w/ slash and other gnr membs
    radioplay
    Guns N' Roses almost reunited! At least according to.....someone who has never played in Guns N' Roses! I can see why he would know,but wouldnt you believe someone who was actually IN the band? lol.
    bmxsulli
    UUUUUGGGGGHHHHH. Idk why, maybe im the only person on this page who likes Scott anymore, but i think he is better than axl rose. Don't get me wrong hes good too, but his voice is not that repeatable. And how does every single news article about VR/STP/GnR turn into either Scott VS. Axl or Slash Vs. STP? Can't any of you just like VR STP and GnR for their different styles and accept them, and not compare them to eachother constantly as if it's some battle on who can trash a member of the band first? Personally i think its pretty big of Scott to say this in a story, seeing as how Slash and the rest of VR gave him the cold shoulder for the end of the tour. For him to wish them the best of luck on a reunion is pretty cool i think. Idk, i guess everyone just hates the guy cuz he has a substance abuse problem. Or because he may come across as an ***** sometimes. Who the hell cares, just enjoy the music. He's a great songwriter and frontman. And im sure some of you probably disagree with me, just stop bickering like a bunch of nine year olds.
    food&liquor
    OMG please, all you bitches, shut up. Seriously. So Weiland said that he likes GNR. I don't love the guy, but the fact that you guys are hating on him just because he said what the majority of us want is ridiculous.
    alliwant wrote: Scott Weiland said it... Therefore it's bs.
    "I think that would be the greatest thing that they could do." - That quote is not bs.
    SmashThings
    BlueOyster23 wrote: Scot Weiland and his "drink driving," when will he learn that it's pronounced "drunk driving?"
    Britain invented the English language and therefore it's 'drink driving'.
    layne
    kevinm4435 wrote: tomorrow's news: slash denies gn'r reunion rumors.
    roflol! +100000
    slash=king
    Jk3y wrote: odd that Scott said that...either way GnR getting back together is just a dream, and VR without scott isn't VR, GnR with just Axl isn't GnR
    yep and to everyone badmouthing scott, and saying they're sick of hearing about gn'r/vr/weiland, why do you read these things?
    Redneck1991
    I would love a Guns N Roses reunion. Guns N Roses are not the same band without Slash and Duff McKagan and the rest of the old guys.
    cancer919
    i want!! i want!! i want a GNR reunion!!!!! slash and axl have this chemistry which is soo impt btw a front man and lead guitarist and im sorry but i never saw that with slash and scot.god when will they grow up and get back together!! and actually i really wish the media wuld just give it a rest all these 'would be' reunions are pissing me off! whats the point fo reading them when theres nothing to it!
    guilty
    If they stop talking about and get on with it I would be appreciating them a lot... It would be amazing, a new GNR album!!
    Ian T Masters
    Scott Weiland is more talented than all involved. I agree with him, it would be cool to see. Of course, Axl is a bloated, balding, (and someone still cornrowed) plastic faced, psychopath so who knows.
    ]\/[R. EM0
    magefredrik wrote: buckethead is much better than slash, but he doesnt fit in GnR. and its a good thing scott weiland split from VR. VR isnt good anyways, and STP is amazing
    yeahj, i love buckethead, but slash has his own unique style, and GnR wouldnt be GnR without Slash. thats a fact.
    magefredrik
    buckethead is much better than slash, but he doesnt fit in GnR. and its a good thing scott weiland split from VR. VR isnt good anyways, and STP is amazing
    jshwak
    You want a reunion? REUNITE WITH BUCKETHEAD!!!
    Nice to see some love for the Bucket in here :
    MonsterOfRock
    not_dead_enough wrote: I'm gonna be the only one here to say it...GnR should NOT reunite because they have a perfectly good band as is! Even without Finck the 2 remaining guitarists beat any pre-1997 Gnr guitarist, and I think it's damn disrespectful on the current GnR members playing their hearts out for the impossible-to-please fans who want the return of a guitarist who's not even as good! Yes Izzy you wrote some good songs (which Slash soaked up the credit for), history won't forget you. But please move on. You want a reunion? REUNITE WITH BUCKETHEAD!!!
    You Sir, are a visionary. I couldn't agree more. Izzy Stradllin doesn't get enough credit for his songwriting and rhythmworks. And plus, the new line-up kicks ass, and I'd take the ole' Bucket over Slash anyday.
    silent_suicide
    guitar_hero999 : I THINK THAT IT WAS GOOD THAT G'N'R NEARLY REFORMED BUT IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER IF THEY ACTUALLY DID IT! I THINK THAT WEILEND HAD A RIGHT TO TELL US ABOUT THIS, COZ IT WAS HIS BAND THAT COULD HAVE BEEN RUINED BECAUSE OF THE NEAR REFORMATION
    Surely if G 'N' R had reformed, there would have been no Velvet revolver? So technically, Scott's band would never have been in trouble because it never existed???? Nd damn, love G'n'R, Appetite fordestruction still kicks ass to this day
    N031
    stevezy wrote: didn't the original, Appetite for Destruction, Slash, Duff, Adler, Stradlin, line-up of GnR reunite and play a show last year or the year before without a singer?
    Yea, but I think it was played as Adler's Appetite
    nick_b
    i dont think they were ever was going to get back together. axl's too stubborn and the VR guys won't go back to working with an egomaniac like him