According to a recent interview with Voterix.com in Buenos Aires, legendary ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is claiming that, contrary to the popular rumors, Velvet Revolver is not recording with Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor.
In the interview, Slash addressed the Taylor rumors, stating: "Because of the social networking, and the way that information gets out so quickly now... We did work with Corey Taylor, and as soon as that rumor [got around], next thing you know, everybody is saying Corey's the new singer. And all we were doing was just rehearsing with him and trying him out - auditioning him, so to speak. So, in order to do that, our process is to... we take a lot of music that we wrote and we give it to him and he writes his lyrics and he comes in and we just perform it and record it and see [what it sounds like]. It's just an audition process; it's the way that we do it. So he did come in and do all that. But I just wasn't... It just didn't seem to fit right to me. And he's great - and I love Corey - but it didn't seem like the answer to the Velvet Revolver problem."
According to Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, recordings were made of the Taylor rehearsal sessions. McKagan seems to support Taylor's involvement in Velvet Revolver, recently telling Music Radar: "We recorded a bunch of songs with Corey. I think he's f--king great. Whether he's in Velvet Revolver or not... I think he's the best voice of a new generation. The best rock 'n' voice out there. He's got a lot of positive energy. I'd be proud to do anything with him."
McKagan briefly addressed the timetable for Velvet Revolver reforming and finding a new singer, saying: "But the truth is... I can't see Velvet Revolver happening till fall, maybe. Slash is touring, I'm just starting to tour... We'll just see. I just don't have an answer. I don't."
Slash plans to make a new solo record in 2011, and Duff McKagan plans to tour with his band, "Loaded".
Corey Taylor is touring with Stone Sour and Slipknot this summer, and has recently been spotted sporting an "I am not the new singer in Velvet Revolver" T-shirt.