Former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan spoke to Billboard.comabout the current status of VELVET REVOLVER, the band that released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004’s “Contraband”and 2007’s “Libertad” — before dismissing singer Scott Weiland back in April 2008.
“We talk about it every now and again. Slash [guitar] and Matt [Sorum, drums] and Dave [Kushner, guitar] and I played in South Africa at the beginning of June…and of course we talked about it. We’ve tried out a bunch of singers, but I think we’re just waiting for the right person to come along. It’ll just happen. But the chemistry of Matt and Slash andDave and I is really good, so you don’t want to let that just go away.”
McKagan also commented on Weiland‘s recent split with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, noting that, “You could kind of see it coming, I suppose. It’s a sad situation any way you look at it. That guy…You hope [Weiland] pulls it together; I shared enough good times with that guy that I wish him nothing but the best.”
VELVET REVOLVER reunited with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2012 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O’Brien, but the band has otherwise remained inactive.
At one point it was reported that VELVET REVOLVER was going to team with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Slash. The group and Taylor recorded demos of 10 songs together.