Slash: 'Scott Weiland Is Speaking Out His A-s'

The former Velvet Revolver singer claims the band want him back, but guitarist Slash has made it clear that Weiland burnt all his bridges back in 2008.

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Slash has officially shut the door on former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, who has tried multiple times to slip back into his role as frontman.

Weiland was booted from the supergroup in 2008 because of his disruptive personal problems. In May he claimed that members of the band had invited him back after a long and fruitless search for a replacement, but upon hearing the news Slash claimed Weiland was "out of his mind."

In November, Weiland made more claims that he was secretly being brought back, but now Slash has had enough and wants to set the record straight.

"None of us have a clue what he's talking about... We're not buying it," he told Classic Rock. "I don't even want to give him this attention, to tell you the truth."

Scott is completely speaking out of his a-s [about the VR reunion]. Nobody at this end has had any conversations with Scott on this subject, except maybe Dave Kushner, because he was the only one in the band who was really close to him. And all things considered, we don't have a good professional relationship with Scott."

Slash cites his current happiness as one of the reasons he wouldn't recruit Weiland again, saying life has "been great... since I got my shit together and stopped touring with Scott. Even if I didn't have my solo thing going on, I still wouldn't work with him."

Will Velvet Revolver ever reunite? Nominate your dream frontman for the band in the comments.

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    SynysterShaves
    Izzy Stradlin
    EoinOwnage
    ALL OF MY YES. Izzy would be great!
    dewitt
    They wouldn't need a great singer because they'd have great songs, but Duff and Izzy could do good enough anyway.
    hidd4n
    They wanted Izzy, but Izzy only wanted to do it without a designated lead vocalist, he thought he and Duff could share it. To be honest I think that would have been a great idea, Nothing like some good old Izzy and Slash riffs
    Selkies345
    As batshit crazy as Scott Weiland is, he's a the unique vocalist that they needed for THAT band. Contraband was a great sex,drugs,and rock n roll album
    Slackerbitch
    Absolutely. Of course we can never have the same perspective as Slash, or any other VR member, but I friggin love Scott Weiland, and Contraband is one of the best rock albums of the last 10 years.
    val.rios
    I agree with you but I'm ok with his departure. Now he can focus only on STP, that is one of my fav bands.
    Nickpocalypse
    "Slash has bad professional relationship with frontman" "Will VR ever reunite?" Velvet Revolver is the new Guns n' Roses (as well as of course being the old Guns n' Roses).
    val.rios
    So is it a bad karma or Axl's is not the only one to blame? (ppl always blame Axl for what happened to GNR).
    cypherdid
    Myles Kennedy is 5x better vocalist and he's amazing guitar player.
    dewitt
    I guess I can't blame Slash. He can either work with a great singer who's a pain to work with, or he can have somebody who's easy to work with and everyone seems to think he's a great singer.
    LotusBrommel
    I'm not saying Myles sucks as a singer, but I do not like his voice. I didn't think he was even a halfway decent replacement of Axl for the RNRHOF. I'm not sure if you were meaning Myles or not, but thats how I took it...
    dewitt
    I agree completely. And yeah, I meant Myles is supposedly easy to work with (but I think that's partly due to the way his projects don't seem to have much thought put into them - they just crank out whatever and move on to the next thing); everybody else seems to think he's some iconic modern vocalist, but I think he's really bland/generic-sounding, and his voice doesn't appeal to me at all. Scott Weiland, on the other hand, has a great voice, he's a pretty good songwriter (I think he is an iconic singer from that era), but he seems like a pain to work with sometimes.
    val.rios
    Now seriously: I don't know if it's possible, but it would be dope if Josh Todd from Buckcherry sang for VR.
    badfish_lewis
    That would indeed would be quite dope
    Mrguitarguru
    You probobly know this but, josh and keith were actually in an earlly carnation of vr
    val.rios
    I didn't know! Just thought: what crazy hard rock mother****er would fit in VR? Todd came to mind right away. I'm gonna tweet Slash right now. haha
    Zoltan1251
    they had problem with his lyrics..... they dont really want to do music about hookers and nasty sex..... watch documentary on youtube
    sonofgkex
    I mean, anything with those guys would be great, but I really miss Weiland a lot. Guy has huge talent. Probably drug stuff. He was still a junkie last I heard. Sad really.
    dewitt
    Yeah, their working together is what sparked Velvet Revolver, as well as the revamped Buckcherry; it made both sides realize they wanted to be in a band again. Also, Keith Nelson is credited as a co-writer on Dirty Little Thing (and maybe another one, but I can't remember).
    BradTheBluefish
    They tried it before and were writing some songs, some that eventually got onto Buckcherry's 15 album, but it wasn't to Slash's liking and the abandonded Josh Todd and went with Scott Weiland.
    EoinOwnage
    That's been tried before, ages ago... apparently it didn't work out. It's in Slash's book.
    RealUnrealRob
    Just forget about replacing him. Velvet Revolver had some great releases, let the people go on and do new great things.
    Fronomore
    Rod Jackson from Slash's Snakepit, great singer
    suicidehummer
    Rod Jackson was great on Ain't Life Grand but unfortunately his voice could't handle the touring that followed. Same goes for Scott actually, which is probably why Slash likes Myles so much. He sounds great live at just about every show. I think Slash is just gonna ask Myles to front VR eventually.
    FRAQ@AQ
    I would love to see Lenny Kravitz doing some real Rock n Roll singing again. Like "Mama Said" and "Are you gonna go my Way". He became too soft for my taste.
    kirchev
    I don't know, dont you guys think this is not the first time he has problems with the front man? P.S. Axl...
    Josh Reubenking
    I don't see why there's so much hype over Velvet Revolver. They came along, released two albums, and decided to call it a day. Let it go. Just enjoy what they've already released. It's not gonna happen, so forget it. Accept it already and move on.
    67_67
    Slash comes across as a bit of a douche about all this. Scott knows he ****ed up and wants to make amends, but Slash keeps slagging him off.
    devillord404
    Todd Kerns would be awesome fit!
    vanic
    I read somewhere Todd actually did audition for VR, but no details on how that went. Having seen the different bands live (except GNR), I'm glad Slash is with Myles and the Conspirators now, they sound amazing, I see no point on going back to VR
    BlameTheDrugs
    it appears as if Slash really hated this Weiland guy. I read about this "erratic behaviour" stuff but I would like to know some details - Slash does not talk this way even about Axl. and Axl is a major d1ck when it comes to personality. I liked VR very much, especially contraband. Scott's vocals and lyrics fitted just perfectly. It was my sort of music. what a shame.
    Dhclark92
    I love slash and I think VR was a really great band. But there are two sides to every story and it sounds like scott is getting the blunt end of the stick and being held responsible for slash's personal problems, just a harsh interview is all it came out as.
    Anjohl
    How about replacing Kushner with Izzy, and Scott with Axl? Or if.we HAVE to have a.band named Velvet Revolver, just get Myles Kennedy and be done with it. I don't get why Duff and Matt aren't in Slash's solo group.
    BradTheBluefish
    Weiland wants to move on from his "Greatest Hits" tour he always does with STP. The man has been signing "Crackerman" for 20 years now. With VR it is all new stuff and he probably made more money with them too.
    GenerationKILL
    Scott Weiland's performances lately as the frontman for his own band have been terrible. He's washed up and I am glad the VR is moving on. They should release the material they did with Corey Taylor, because I for one, think it will be amazing.
    Agent51
    Dave Grohl
    blackzeppelin68
    please dont everything grohl has done as a lead singer were a couple of decent songs at best.(foo fighters) While on the other hand everything he has done as a drummer was just amazing rock n roll. (Nirvana QOTSA Them crooked vultures etc.)
    jaybrink101
    Nobody could really front VR. Guns was Guns, VR was VR, Slash is now doing Slash. That said, I would trade everything that all members did post-1993 for another 2 Guns albums.
    Slave_
    I really don't think you could ever vocally replace Scott. But Chris Cornell would be a cool replacement for VR. Not that that'd happen with the whole Soundgarden thing.
    freebirdman
    No one has ever complimented Slash the way Duff does on Bass. The songs Izzy contributed to on Contraband were amazing. I don't think it matters all that much who fronts VR when the core of G n R is behind them. All they need is a non-offensive singer with a broad range to cover their old work. Myles Kennedy would be perfect.
    godking69
    Slash "dont have a good professional relationship with Scott."? how many copies of Velvet Revolver's Contraband were sold? Libertad? there's a reason his two solo albums haven't sold as many copies. SCOTT'S TOO GOOD FOR SLASH NEWAIZ!!1
    millarso
    Yes, because Scott has done so well in his solo efforts as well... pffft.
    DoubleBassCrash
    I don't know what you're on about pertaining to his solo efforts, 12 Bar Blues was an amazing record, "Happy" in Galoshes preformed well, too. So you're gonna knock the man for one Christmas album? 'Cause that right there is his entire solo discography barring the covers record.
    millarso
    I'm not saying that the stuff was bad, sorry. But I feel like it would be a stretch to say that his solo career has worked out THAT much better than Slash's. I like Scott's stuff actually.
    withachainsaw
    I thought Rick Astley was the obvious choice... But seriously, Ted Williams would be a good addition. He would give VR a more aggressive sound which I think would be great.
    Irwin Navarro
    M Shadows from A7X for new VR vocalist. !
    Axl_Styx1
    He has to stay in Avenged Sevenfold, he can't leave, although I do like his style of vocals, they're to unique to Avenged's style of playing. Hence why people said that 'Nothing to Say' on Slash's 2010 solo album, that the guitar sounded to much like Synyster Gates. In my opinion, it did and it didn't. It was a bit of a hybrid, you can hear Slash's sound and Syn's sound coming out
    jjbarnes
    I'm sorry, but as a vocalist he's complete shit. I kind of liked A7X as a band until I heard whatever shitty acoustic song they did and I realized that his voice is terrible.
    aureliusgtr
    couldnt agree more...whats up with these terrible vocalist suggestions on this thread? first Josh Todd, now this hack?
    bradd101
    Unfortunately not, I remember they considered him but didn't quite fit the mold. Still, would be awesome
    rickjarzy
    The Buckcherry singer didn't fit cause it was not the style of singing slash was lokking for .... thats what he says in his biography
    jhart08
    Duff McKagan...thats right, he can sing and sings well. Forget the frontman and have him sing.
    Logan_B
    Weiland needs to get real and stop drinking the cool aid that is the hard drugs he's obviously on
    Daburcor
    Scott Weiland singing with guys from Guns n' Roses was the entire draw to Velvet Revolver for me. I don't really care who they replace him with (if anyone), I more than likely won't be very interested.
    Slave_
    Or even Mark Tremonti, but again, for the time being at least, he's taken.
    Sleaze Rocker
    I still think Simon Cruz from CrashDiet the guy has a wicked set of pipes of him, he can hold his own on a stage and he has a good image. He can bring a bit of aggression to the fold to so they can make a heavier album without straying away from being a hard rock band.