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.

Scott Weiland Explains Velvet Revolver's Split
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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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    hellfire21
    Man, Scott, deal w/ it and can UG post this stuff up earlier, I knew about this story yesterday
    shut_up_n00b
    I kinda do wish they break up. VR sounds kinda repetitive and they would probably come up with better stuff with new members.
    qotsa1998
    Just because you spend sixteen years singing for STP, and Matt hasnt spent that long doing something, to me at least, way more physical and instrumental to a band, does not put you that much higher than him. You both have been to rehab, so u have no room to talk there. To me, there is no reason for you to start another Axl Rose-style beef with Matt or anyone else in VR, for that matter. Either get over your ego and your anger, or just leave.
    guitarguru4
    to kris323: you got to get along with bandmates, man. especially when you're on the road for the number of shows they are. If any of you have read slash's book "Slash", you know that before VR came together, Scott wanted to make it work with STP. He didn't want anything to do with VR until STP broke up for sure. Well now that STP's on the rise, we're only seeing Scott's loyalty to STP come back.
    kris323
    i wish people would stop bitching and play music who ****ing cares if you like each other make music
    thedarkblues06
    What I particularly love is how Weiland is throwing credentials in Sorum's face...when Slash has seen limelight before Weiland was even born (probably), and could laugh at his record numbers. Sorum's 'rant' was intended to be diplomatic...and Weiland has to act like a douche. What a pissy way to repay them. I actually MISS Axl.
    Vrstone87
    Slash, Duff and Matt own the band, not Scott dump Scott and get someone else with a lil more chops
    Gunpowder
    I really don't like Weiland. Not his voice, and not his attitude. All the best to the other members of VR. Let's hope that this isn't the end of the road for them.
    GS246836
    i don't think that VR will split. There is too much magic between the guys to stop now. Maybe there will be a new singer, but there is no way that slash and matt and duff should break up. we know that they wont go back to GNR so why should they break up? i think that there are plenty of singers out there that they could use. Guys like Chris Cornell or others. I think that this is just the begining of a new chapter for slash and the gang.
    System4321
    Let duff front VR, he can sing, he does backing rather well. that way they can really really rip it up bigtime
    duke2446
    scott talks like people actually think he's stilla 20 year old rock star, he's calling out his drummer like kids do in high school and its pathetic, just stand up and say you dont like your baand-mates and quit being a bitch about it
    GN'R Dude
    Why does he complain about Matt singing, its called BACKGROUND vocals, something he and Duff do pretty well.
    deadlyMETAL
    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.
    I shake my head at you. I guess drugs and arrogance go hand in hand, Scott.
    Reckd
    damit scott u got some really good musicians dont f it up man
    RCGAYLER
    Slash, duff and Matt are what make VR .....the vocals arn't on the level of Slash playing guitar.....
    whitestrat279
    This is among the most immature things I've seen.
    yeah, he says not to bring up his (scott's) family matters, but then goes on to say matt was in rehab. kind of contradicting. scott kinda sounds like he's a stuck up dick talking about how many albums he has sold and how many tours hes been on but whatever, didnt really listen to em that much, first album was good but didnt listen to the second
    koolfoolinapool
    Imagine VR with Chris Cornell. (with Cornell at his 1990 prime vocal peak) Dude that would be sick. Cornell wailing out those powerful high notes and Slash's sweet guitar licks and riffs.
    3sr8jr
    Thispart here* makes the whole thing sound very fake. ...blabbermouth? *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.
    thedarkblues06
    VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash has dismissed reports that the band will split up following its current European trek. During the band's March 20 concert in Glasgow, singer Scott Weiland apparently told fans they were "watching something special ... the last tour by VELVET REVOLVER." Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, Slash said, "Well, let's put it this way this is not VELVET REVOLVER's last tour."
    It would help a lot of idiots keep their mouths closed if UG actually followed-up on the articles. This is all I need to read.
    Lost_Rose
    Sooo who do you all reckon will be the new frontman of a band with Slash/Duff/Matt/Dave? I cant see the 'band' splitting, just a replacement frontman and a new name me thinks.
    TDAJGuitarist
    I serioulsy lost all respect for this guy...What a shame...I thought he was better then Axil...And although he sings better, His personality and ego is clearly just as bad....
    fattypumbaa
    I saw VR when I was in 8th grade it was their 1st tour I think. Well anyways Scott was extremely disappointing. He couldn't sing for shit. The band was fantastic but he really ****ed the whole thing. My buddy went and saw he a few months ago and he said I was right and that he shouldn't couldn't sing worth a damn. Oh well. Maybe the boys will get a new singer and start kickin' some ass.
    Aaron-Maiden
    Johnny Trash wrote: This is pretty bitchy from Scott, I don't think Axl Rose was even stoop that low as to start an internet war with his own drummer.
    Read Slash's autobiography
    SummertimeBlues
    'I wish the best and plan to annihilate the stage in the last few shows.' going to see them on thursday... should be interesting
    MTVget0FFtheAIR
    it's pretty clear to me that this is just Scott saying he doesn't need VR anymore, he has STP again. i've never been a big fan of scott, so no big loss for me. i'm sure whatever happens with velvet revolver, slash will keep playing, so that's really all that matters to me. i think what's going to happen is VR is just going to find a new singer. Izzy would be great, but they really don't need a third guitar player.
    psychokiller99
    scott316 wrote: a Guns reunion is well on the cards now. money talks and the situation they are in just now will make it happen, especially if there is a Zepplin tour and they are asked to do it, it just cant be refused, will be too much money to make. i'm actually glad, the new VR album is very average and i think the singer had a lot to do with its direction
    if the original GN'R open for Zep, i won't even be able to go cuz i'll have a heart attack upon reading the headline. but there's like zero chance in hell of that kind of a show actually happening, so i think i'm safe
    lesismore91
    OzZY-RuLE5!!!!! wrote: i sence snake pit revial.
    That would be a dream come true. HELL YES!
    psychokiller99
    sofubar wrote: 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.
    i'm interpreting that comment as "Velvet Revolver is gonna move on, with or without scott weiland". Hope they can get a good singer. the singer from snakepit is cool. having izzy and duff share lead vocals would be cool too.
    Rocker_94
    Hopefully this is the end of Axl and Friends so we can return to real G n' R, and some Stone Temple Pilots.
    Johnny Trash
    Aaron-Maiden wrote: Johnny Trash wrote: This is pretty bitchy from Scott, I don't think Axl Rose was even stoop that low as to start an internet war with his own drummer. Read Slash's autobiography
    I have, well all bar like 10 pages, and yeah Axl did some pretty outrageous things, but he didnt make comments about Matt Sorum's relationships.
    Shread_6009
    its the drugs talking, this guys gets to work with some of the best musicians in the past 20 years, and now he's starting shit with everybody. Either that or hes got this fuking huge ego cause everyones making a huge deal about the STP reunion. theres a reason STP broke up.
    _TheWorst
    Sheesh. We don't want drama, we want music. It's better if VR splits if the members are going to embarrass themselves like this.
    nirvanafan20
    He doesnt say VR will absolutly break-up but we will see after the STP reunion. Everyone knows being on tour is hard on the rockstars which includes being away from their families
    perilouspete
    Oh wow, he totally tore Sorum a new one.....that's crazy. I just really hope STP works out now.....that's who I really wanna see!!
    Rusty_axe
    Guys VR Havent Split!! look on www.velvet-revlover.com and thats all u need to know!
    cap'n curry
    i don't really see what matt said that could get Scott that mad. I mean, yea, he implied a littel bit about scott that he was a bit upset with him, but scott, IMO, took it to a new level and overreacted. I used to kinda like him despite the drug issues, but now, i really dont
    scarfacesuit
    GooseMcShred wrote: Weiland sounds like a bit of a dick..... I wouldnt call what the drummer said a 'rant' either to be quite honest
    Yeah, I think Sorum may be an immature douche, but he didn't sound offensive in his alleged "rant" to me...
    False_God
    means more time for STP. and STP > VR and could possibly have more of a positive influence for a G'n'R reunion.
    cmac32
    Intersting wrote: Kinda sounds like the rant Chris Cornell had when he left Audioslave, saying "he did all the work".
    This scenario is nothing like the Audioslave breakup. Chris Cornell cited personality conflicts and musical differences as the reason for leaving AS. At no point did he ever start a fight with any of his bandmates, and he wished them all the best when he left. In my opinion, he took the high, high, high road in comparison to what Weiland is doing here. Also, Cornell never said he did all the work, that was just a rumour.