Velvet Revolver fans sure are a patient bunch. The California-based supergroup hasn’t released an album since 2007’s Libertad, and has been without a singer since 2008, the year frontman, Scott Weiland, left the band. Since then, Weiland has revived Stone Temple Pilots (even releasing an album last summer), but his Revolver bandmates – Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner – haven’t been as lucky.
They have been auditioning new singers, and while Lenny Kravitz and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington were rumored to be in the running, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor looked like he had had the best chance of making the cut. On April 1st, McKagan confirmed the the 37-year-old Taylor had recorded with the band, but now Slash has revealed that the man also known as No. 8 just wasn’t the solution to what he calls the “Velvet Revolver Problem.”
“We did work with Corey, but all we were doing was trying him out,” he said in an interview with Argentinean website Vorterix, “[he] didn’t seem to fit to me.” He also elaborated on the audition process explaining that potential frontmen get handed “ a lot of music [that] we wrote” and are asked to write lyrics before joining the band to perform and record the material.
Slash added that more solo work is on the table and that Velvet Revolver are in no hurry to make another album. He says he is constantly thinking about potential singers for the band but the right one hasn’t turned up. “In the meantime, I just keep doing what I do,” he said, “I’m having a lot of fun but if a great singer comes and says ‘I wanna sing for Velvet Revolver,’ then we’ll make a record, but I don’t have to go back and do that unless it’s good enough to do it.” Hey, there’s always the revolving door at the Guns N’ Roses camp, guys.
Check out the Vorterix interview below.