Scott Weiland Explains Velvet Revolver's Split

Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has recently spoke to Blabbermouth.net about the band's decision to break up.

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Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has released the following statement to Blabbermouth.net:

"Responding to our drummer's [Matt Sorum] rant about why the band is in a state of flux:

"Well, first of all, the state of my family affairs is really none of his business, since he is too immature to have a real relationship, let alone children. So don't attempt to stand in a man's shoes when you haven't walked his path. Secondly, 'keeping rock 'n' roll alive?' I've made many attempts to remain cordial with the members of VR, but mainly, the likes of you. Funny though this is your FIRST band, as opposed to being a hired gun. I've been making records (now on my ninth), which have sold over 35 million copies worldwide and have maintained a level of professionalism regardless of how many drugs I've ingested into my system. I have only cancelled one tour during the entire course of my 16-year run and that was the 'make-up' Australia tour. Now, shall I open that can of worms, Matthew? Release the Kraken? Serve... Volley! You cancelled the Aussie tour in the fall because you went to rehab, but I won't say why we'll just let Blabbermouth find out for themselves.

"As for our fans I will sweat, bruise, and bleed for you. And will continue to do so until the end of this tour. However, you deserve to hear VELVET REVOLVER playing not certain individuals singing along to get a muddied up sound. God forbid could one imagine if I grabbed a guitar and started soloing along with Slash? That would never happen because I know my place. It's a shame we were a gang. But ego and jealousy can get the better of anyone. I wish the best and plan to annihilate the stage in the last few shows.

"On a separate note, we did an STP [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] photo shoot before this tour and it was fun, inspiring and it gave me that thrill that feeling that got my rocks off from the get-go."

According to several fan accounts and online media reports, Scott Weiland stunned fans at last night's (Thursday, March 20) VR concert in Glasgow, Scotland, UK by dropping a huge hint the band's time may be up.

He told the sell-out crowd: "You're watching something special... the last tour by Velvet Revolver."

In an online posting from earlier today, Matt Sorum stated about the Glasgow concert, "So last night was interesting. Had a little band turmoil on stage, as you probably all could tell.

"Being in a band is a lot like being in a relationship. Sometimes you just don't get along. I guess there has been more turmoil lately, I guess, with the cancellations and all. It has been frustrating, I am not going to lie.

"My career and life in rock 'n' roll has come with its ups and downs. Unfortunately, some people in this business don't realize how great of a life they have. Touring the world, meeting great people and fans all over the world. And just playing music for a living. I feel truly blessed. But sometimes the road can be draining for some. Being away from home and family does grind on you sometimes. With all the travelling and different beds. Personally, I love this shit and sometimes can't believe I am so lucky to still be doing what I do for a living.

"Everybody could see who was unhappy last night, but all I can say is let's keep the rock alive, people!!!! In this life, you just pick up and keep moving. And don't ever let anybody stand in your way."

Weiland, who recently spent time in rehab at an undisclosed location, has struggled with substance abuse problems for more than a decade, although was reportedly clean for nearly four years until a few months ago. Questions about his condition flared in January when he missed a Velvet Revolver performance at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, claiming transportation problems.

Weiland will reunite with his STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bandmates for the first time this spring/summer for a number of shows, including an appearance at the Rock on the Range festival, to be held May 17-18 at Columbus, Ohio's Columbus Crew Stadium.

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    kris323
    i wish people would stop bitching and play music who ****ing cares if you like each other make music
    Surfer Rosa
    Vrstone87 wrote: Just me but I think Dave Grohl would sound awesome with VR but it'd be a shame to take him away from Foo Fighters right now..
    Why would he even consider leaving the Foo's for a much lesser band.
    Vauxite
    kmchipower wrote: when he refers to someone singing with him to get a muddied up sound...hes talkin about sorum again right? lol. he wails on sorum here. and im kinda glad...sorum talks way too much for someone who was just a hired gun and has zero songwriting credit for gnr. hes not even a good drummer...he is quite crappy actually.
    Nah Sorum is a phenomanol drummer compared to most bands, check his drum solos from the Use Illusion tours, they're damn impressive.
    mercurymay
    Hell, Sebastian bach wanted the job back when they started, maybe they should get him on the line.
    he is a good singer, but he's too washed up for people to give a shit about him anymore. after they break up, i don't think we'll be hearing anything from Slash, Matt or Duff in a while, and Dave... well, he'll just sink into oblivion. At last we have Chinese Democracy to look forward to... yeah right
    RHCP603
    When Chinese Democracy comes out, i'll break down and cry. I looked up the members of GNR now, and some of the members are members he fired from the band when the original line up was there. I see how Axl Works.
    Roland Medina
    wow this truly sucks i love vr they were going to be the revitalization of rock and roll.
    Quikslayer666
    I thought Velvet Revolver had more class than that, and to think I actually thought they could last 5 albums or more. I knew this was going to happen but not so soon, well if it brings back STP and original GNR I will be one happy camper. Just goes to show supergroups can't last more than 3 albums.
    Waterboy799
    wow that sucks, i really like Velvet Revolver. Weiland does sound like a bit of a prick in this article though, i don't see why he's taking stabs at Sorum, it's not like Sorum said anything bad.
    uberphreak
    GreekRockr9 wrote: Wow, Weiland really is a prick. Maybe moreso than Axl?
    Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Anyway, I would prefer to have STP back over VR. Contraband was awesome but Libertad was mediocre at best. Maybe Slash's Snake Pit will do some shit. Also, Weiland seems like a giant bag of douche. Yeah you're REALLY professional by lashing back at Matt like that. It's not even like what Matt said was really that offensive.
    lilscooter11
    I have to agree, not liking Weiland at all. Although the Axl Rose dispute was big, at least it was over passion of music, even if it was a bit too posessive of Axl. However this just looks like straight down tension and bitchyness from Weiland. And he knows he can cos he now has STP as his safety net! Just the way I perceive the situation of course, although I'm probably wrong!
    SixStringDemon
    Good So
    Nekrofagist wrote: velvet revolver should ger axle rose and replace dave kushner with izzy stradlin, that would be a pretty sick band right!?
    I agree that would be an epic lineup. VR would kick ass then i bet. =P
    RHCP603
    Bach has a great voice. I don't know if he would do it now though. he's working on that solo album and he's doing alot of stuff with Axl.
    Warheart1188
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    SixStringDemon wrote: Good SoNekrofagist wrote: velvet revolver should ger axle rose and replace dave kushner with izzy stradlin, that would be a pretty sick band right!? I agree that would be an epic lineup. VR would kick ass then i bet. =P
    Yea, we would have the classic GNR lineup again...not good... unless Axl wants to be cool again like he was in the Appetite days.
    Aplanken
    damn, looks like Scott's has an equal ammount of selfishness, just like axl rose.... not that gnr should get back together, they were great back then, but axl musicaly sucks ass these days (his voice is not what it was)... but a new singer for VR, that's an option! Maybe someone like Toby Jephson ?(whom did a GREAT job on the last Fastway-tour)??
    OrangePossum
    jrob816 wrote: Wasn't this exact article posted yesterday, only in a slightly different order???
    As a matter of fact, yes it was. Oh well. No big loss to me, I only liked them for Slither.
    estranged_2003
    i was at the carling last thursday in glasgow i could hardly make out what scott was saying but his actions where speaking louder than words as it has been said he didnt look interested at some points during the gig and he had his back to the crowd a few times aswel plus during patience he disapeared to the back of the stage and although he was singing he let duff and crowd do the work. I am sure slash and co will be back rocking with a new line up maybe a different band altogether.
    sowhat360
    when i saw gnr last year (new gnr) they were flat out amazing...they did come on late, not till about midnight, but that almost made it even better....is he gonna show up or isnt he? sebastian back opened and played a huge set, basically said "this is the last one go nuts" about 5 times and then just said well you all know axl, we're gonna play some more....once gnr did get on stage, the place went nuts...scott weiland couldn't pull that off....i think a guns n roses and led zep reunion tour would be the biggest 2 band show of all time. (and the best)
    recliner33
    I took Weiland seriously until he said that he sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Like why would you say that to back yourself up? Saying something like that makes you look like you are in it for the money and fame over the music. And Weilands little speech seems to be more of a rant then Sorums.
    mp3stalin
    i think Axl would be crazy not to come crawling back to duff and slash. it's been what? 10 years since a G'n'R album? i think its safe to admit he let slash and duff do ALOT of the writing if not all.
    j-boy199
    CapnKickass wrote: well, if anything, at least they left us with the riff from slither "nananananana..."
    lol well said. =P
    farcry
    VR news: -VR to plan new album -VR to headline Zeppelin tour -VR to split one of these does not belong
    DaveGilmour1189
    Intersting wrote: Kinda sounds like the rant Chris Cornell had when he left Audioslave, saying "he did all the work".
    when its more than obvious Morello and the rest of the band wrote 95% of the music. I get the feeling that's the case here. On the flip side, its not quite like guns and roses vs axle. i think slash and the gang could ditch weiland, pick up a new singer or let duff sing and it would work out just fine. Slash, Duff and the rest are all great muscicians so anything they put out should be good. Hell, Sebastian bach wanted the job back when they started, maybe they should get him on the line.
    [x]Huffy[x]
    Say hello to the new Axl Rose. Is it just me, or is it obvious that Weiland has done this so he has free time for STP? Once STP breaks up again, I'd be surprised if VR didn't reform.
    RnFnR100
    bring izzy back in. izzy helped write all the good music on the first album. izzy and duff have both done good jobs singing in their own bands let them sing.
    RHCP603
    Nah, it's a diffrent article. It has scotts response to the "rant". VR picked up scott because they couldn't find a singer. I've almost finished Slash's book and they couldn't find a singer and they liked his voice. I mean, i'm not for or against him as a singer, but he sounds like a jerk just thrashing matt. It does sound like Axl Rose all over again. Oh, and everyone who wants gnr back. Axl owns the name, the only way is if he wants it. He does...with diffrent members.
    DANZIG767
    The head line says Scott Weiland Explains Velvet Revolvers Split. Uhh why would the whole band split up just cuz Weiland is leaving, wouldnt they just search for a new frontman? Im a fan of VR and dont want them to completly split up
    Intersting
    Kinda sounds like the rant Chris Cornell had when he left Audioslave, saying "he did all the work".
    Nekrofagist
    velvet revolver should ger axle rose and replace dave kushner with izzy stradlin, that would be a pretty sick band right!?
    metalifan
    Well I am sure they can find an even better front man Chris Cornell would be brilliant but he wants to stay solo Slash is the image of VR not Scott
    mitch rite
    someone mentioned Mike Patton. That would be an absolutely epic collaboration. Patton is the most talented man in the business, bar none.
    Jonny616
    and have maintained a level of professionalism
    yeah because ranting about the fact that your drummer went to rehab is so professional... he sounds like an idiot in this article..
    metalifan
    They should keep going withou Scott because I bet they could find an even better front man. Chris Cornell would be my first choice
    Lotz222
    This is the reason i like bands like Pearl Jam that can keep their egos to themselves. People can have dissagrements of course but come on little boys.
    RHCP603
    Cornell wouldn't fit at all i don't think. The band has always been about melodic soulful lyrics. I don't think Cornells voice would fit, it's more...grunge? It's less refined.
    kmchipower
    when he refers to someone singing with him to get a muddied up sound...hes talkin about sorum again right? lol. he wails on sorum here. and im kinda glad...sorum talks way too much for someone who was just a hired gun and has zero songwriting credit for gnr. hes not even a good drummer...he is quite crappy actually.
    RHCP603
    It's also funny how he considers VR to be Matt's first band. Matt wasn't a starting member of GNR, but did tour with them when Adler couldn't contiune. Oh, he was in the Cult before then so i guess neither of those bands count. I don't see him as a hired hand when he went on tour with them.
    sofubar
    Slash on the matter: On march 25 2008 Slash dismissed reports that the band will split with the following statement "Well, let's put it this way this is not VELVET REVOLVER's last tour." He also added on the rumors about the band opening for Led Zeppelin "I think as far as ZEPPELIN doing a tour, that remains to be seen, I saw Robert last night [Saturday, March 22] and he's got his solo thing going on and as far as VELVET REVOLVER is concerned, we've got another record to do and we're not even thinking about that." Source: Wikipedia.
    losbarqueros
    MAYNARD wrote: ^ Mike Patton is easily the most overrated underrated singer I have ever heard. Alotta the shit, that he does, that get deemed as genius, is just noise.
    True, but he was originally approached by the rest of the band to be their singer before they tapped Weiland. He turned it down to do his weirder stuff. Patton's kinda the Les Claypool of vocalists: He does stuff occasionally purely for the hell of it. As for Chris Cornell, I think he needs to hang it up. He's pretty much destroyed that killer scream/growl that he had back in the old Soundgarden days, which makes me all kinds of sad. :[
    -Rock-N'-Roll-
    GreekRockr9 wrote: Wow, Weiland really is a prick. Maybe moreso than Axl?
    Yeah I was actually surprised, he isn't that great to me I find, and hes being so cocky? whats with that dude?
    strat0blaster
    In response to qusetions regarding Velvet Revolver's imminent split, Scott Weiland simply replied "It's mainly my family DRUGS, and DRUGS also my personal DRUGS life. That is DRUGS all. We're verry sorry to the DRUGS fans." Afterwards, Axl Rose could be heard in the background cackling loudly "Nothing lasts forever in the cold November rain!" This writer feels it noteworthy that it was March.
    latinosuperstud
    stone temple pilots are better anyway... and for those hoping for a gnr reunion i dont think slash would do it