Slash Confirms Corey Taylor Velvet Revolver Rumors

Slash has admitted the rumours about Corey Taylor being involved with Velvet Revolver are true but a final decision has yet to be made.

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Slash has admitted the rumours about Corey Taylor being involved with Velvet Revolver are true but a final decision has yet to be made.

The guitarist had been avoiding making any comment on the gossip, while the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman simply said: "To be continued."

Now it seems that's an accurate picture of the situation: due to Slash's touring commitments the band ran out of time to decide whether to bring Taylor on board as replacement for Scott Weiland, who was saked in 2008.

Slash tells the Charlotte Observer: "There was truth to the rumour that we were looking at Corey but then I left for tour. So there's nothing being done at the moment. No decision has been made."

Weiland's wayward behaviour and drug issues prompted his removal three years ago, after which the band went on hiatus. Slash previously commented that it was "just bad luck" he'd had problems with his frontmen referring to the collapse of the original GnR lineup when Axl Rose took over the outfit in the mid-1990s.

Now the guitarist says: "Beggars can't be choosers. The most important thing is to find people who are musically capable, then you have to take their personality into account. It's something you need to accept within reason if they play the way you want them to play.

"A lot of musicians are crazy that's what makes them great musicians."

The ruling doesn't seem to apply to Taylor, however, widely regarded as a well-balanced character. McKagan last week described him as "a cool guy and a cool musician."

Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

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    Ponchibego
    PlayFreebirdNow wrote: I am quite interested in how this turns out. Hopefully it'll be good.
    That's what I was thinking. I feel like this might create a new vibe for VR. I hope they have not exactly heavy heavy, but a heavier feel than what the original VR was. It was weird how their music turned out knowing Weiland's past with STP and basically the rest with GN'R. Maybe this will give them a second wind and allow them to redeem what a let down VR was for me. Contraband was awesome though, but Libertad at best was "Mehhhh".
    Patty-cakez
    Hmm... I love Corey's vocals, and I love Velvet Revolver... but I don't see them together. I've never really seen Corey Taylor as that "rock n' roll to the bone" kinda dude, and that's the kinda vibe i get from VR.
    GNRfan32
    miahdoll wrote: 2Megadeth7 wrote: im sick of slash Then go **** yourself and look at a different page dumbass!
    +1?
    miahdoll
    2Megadeth7 wrote: im sick of slash
    Then go **** yourself and look at a different page dumbass!
    miahdoll
    CrackTheSkye wrote: hudsonstradlin wrote: prac23 wrote: Honestly at this point who are VR to tell Corey Taylor he's not good enough or doesn't fit the band? Who's out there right now, willing to sing for your band that's better than him? Couldn't have said it better. Hopefully he'll kick the band into overdrive, and they can put out something heavier than Contraband. Let's just forget that Libertad ever existed. Heavier? I wouldn't count on that unless Slash wants to go that way. I doubt Corey pushing them towards heavier music. Have you heard Slipknot and Stone Sour's latest efforts. Becoming less heavy with every new album. Although I like Corey I don't think he'd got with VR. He can only do two things, heavy singing or slow ballads. Not sure of his abilities outside of those two.
    Slash originally wanted VR to be heavier, but once they got Scott they couldn't go that way.
    metalmaniac90
    You underestimate him. He can sing any genre. Just because hes been mostly heavy in his career doesn't mean he can't just rock. When he played with Corey Taylor and the Junk Beer Kidnap Band(something like that) @ rockfest they did all sorts of variety. I also saw him do "Its So Easy" with Duff McKagans loaded and he rocked it.
    Daburcor wrote: The real draw to Velvet Revolver (for me, at least) was getting to hear Scott Weiland and Slash work together. I'm quite the opposite of a fan of Corey Taylor, so I guess I'm not going to be very interested in future VR stuff. Oh well!
    metalheadsmith
    superstud_zat wrote: VR should hire Adam Lambert
    I would lose all respect for Slash and anyone associated with that band then
    metalheadsmith
    Could be kind of interesting, but then again he should stick with slipknot and stone sour, both of which are better than VR.
    SmittyMan90
    OMG could it be true?? At least its a direction towards a vocalist instead of this wishy washy stuff! Taylor on a VR record could be interesting.
    thedevil
    does anyone else not get the whole "I'm angry at my parents and I'm gonna make a career out of it" aspect of why slipknot is so popular? or do a lot of people just hate they're parents as like, a hobby. i know i suck/don't get it/should stfu but whatever. just needed to get that out of my system
    MT in Austin
    "who was saked in 2008" DEATH BY RICE WINE? Crap! Those guys are tougher than I thought.
    shredder3386
    I am honestly not a fan of VR and I dispise Slipknot and Stone Sour....but somehow the prospect of Corey Taylor in VR seems like it actually might be good...I would be interested to see what they came up with
    Skuzzmo
    prac23 wrote: Honestly at this point who are VR to tell Corey Taylor he's not good enough or doesn't fit the band? Who's out there right now, willing to sing for your band that's better than him?
    Probably thousands of better vocaists out there just waiting for a break.
    -Annihilation-
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: they should just get back with axl and go into counseling to fix their problems.
    That they should...
    sheppo
    KingSquall802 wrote: i suggest... John Bush??? i dont know if it was good or not but just a suggestion.
    heres some an inside scoop for ya my mates band supported Armoured Saint and Death Angel here in australia when they played and john bush blew his voice out and couldnt even perform when they were meant to go on so no i dont think hes a good choice
    CydoniaKnight95
    This would be really interesting Although I don't think Corey will be able to give the same vibe as their first albums, Hopefully the next couple will come out a lot heavier
    Jackhawk9000 wrote: Justin Hawkins!
    Hahaha I wish, but i think they're pretty sick of boozed up drug addicts, even if they have amazing voices
    miauwmjam
    Hmmmm Rob Zombie doing a creepy VR would be much more fun. I can imagine it already. Slighty slower bpm, "hands are shaking, got my finger on the trigger, muhahahah"
    Daburcor
    The real draw to Velvet Revolver (for me, at least) was getting to hear Scott Weiland and Slash work together. I'm quite the opposite of a fan of Corey Taylor, so I guess I'm not going to be very interested in future VR stuff. Oh well!
    chaoticfables
    Eh, Corey might not sound right for VR... but then again I am looking forward to their next release and see how the band pulls it off.
    bullseye187
    i just pray he doesn't start with his emo stone sour-ish lyrics...and his vocals arent all that great either.
    sheppo
    prac23 wrote: Honestly at this point who are VR to tell Corey Taylor he's not good enough or doesn't fit the band? Who's out there right now, willing to sing for your band that's better than him?
    theres a million singers that are better than Corey Taylor. I think hes a pretty good singer but you forget they could pick up some noname thats studied singing. Ripper would be a good choice he has a way better rock/metal voice than Corey the list is endless
    bmxsulli
    idk how i feel about this. I do like Corey's vocal ability, but idk how it will fit into VR. For me at least, the thing i liked about VR (besides the music) was weilands swagger he brought to the table. say what you want about the guy, but he's one of those frontmen who just has the ability to have a persona completely unique to himself, kind of like bowie and jagger IMO. i doubt Corey can bring the same attitude and appeal to the table that scott did. i do trust their judgement though, how bad can it be. im just happy i have music to look forward to
    Wolfinator-x
    NUUUUU!!! How could you turn down Michael Matejavic AND Sebastian Bach, only to consider COREY TAYLOR as your next vocalist??!!!
    slaveskinJACKET
    Skarson wrote: Irrelevant musician confirms irrelevant musician irrelevant band rumors
    That's why you clicked and took the time to log in and comment, because they're irrelevant. I also enjoy wasting my time on things I have no interest in. We should be friends.
    Guynametyler wrote: I want to hear some demos with them both.
    There's 9 of them around somewhere. Come on, leaky internet, start leaking.
    Shread_6009
    Heavier? I wouldn't count on that unless Slash wants to go that way. I doubt Corey pushing them towards heavier music. Have you heard Slipknot and Stone Sour's latest efforts. Becoming less heavy with every new album. Although I like Corey I don't think he'd got with VR. He can only do two things, heavy singing or slow ballads. Not sure of his abilities outside of those two.
    have you seen live slipknot videos? corey doesn't really scream that much compared to the album, he does aot of singing orderingon growling, not like on the studio releases, at least from what i've seen
    carlos_almighty
    i loved contraband, and just slash in general. by no means am i a slipknot fan, but i wouldn't mind hearing some demos if they release them. i have nothing against corey taylor, but i just don't see him fitting in very well with VR's hard-rock sound.
    blake1221
    I hate slipknot and stone sour so much....so this is very disappointing for me..
    Romper Stomper
    HMMM, we will have to just be patient, I like Stone Sour and some Slipknot but I loved Scott's style of singing, he's one of my Favs. Anyway, Corey is very talented and hopefully he can add something to the band....
    Eifler121
    I don't know why Corey Taylor gets so much hype. Everything he's done has either sucked, or been mediocre at best. His vocals are alright, he can do that death metal growl, and he can sing like the guy from 3-days Grace and a bunch of other guys out right now.
    p_a_morgan
    I'm not a huge fan of VR, but unless Slash just keeps doing his solo stuff, they need to find a decent frontman. What is it about Slash that just attracts terrible bandmates? Judging by the comments on here, some people like Weiland and others hate him. I think the guy just looks like a douche and he's not really that good in the first place. He can easily be replaced by any random guy on Youtube doing a STP vocal cover. He's a good performer, but it's not worth all the crap they went through with him. People are saying "Myles Kennedy!! Myles Kennedy!" I like Myles. He's a good singer. His skill is slightly over rated, but he's still one of my favorite singers. (Seeing him and Slash with Ozzy on the 22nd. Yes!) I just think Myles should stick with Mark, Brian, and Scott and keep doing the Alter Bridge thing. I feel like he has more creative pull with AB then if he was to join VR. There's no doubt that he could sing the songs, but AB has been cranking out some good material and it keeps getting better.
    mtllica
    This is very interesting news indeed. I think Corey is a very talented vocalist, and while I've never been a fan of VR and am over my whole Slipknot-phase, this sounds like something to check out.
    ifc69
    "...as replacement for Scott Weiland, who was saked in 2008" Saked? Sounds painful.
    TheHammer
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: they should just get back with axl and go into counseling to fix their problems.
    Freud might say thats what they need...
    vaca11
    Nooo.. VR & Corey... please not.. Start slipknot again ! that would make 100x more people happier