Friday, September 17, 2010

Wanna sing for Velvet Revolver?

“As soon as we find the right guy, we can figure out when we're going to make a record.”
- Slash

Velvet Revolver remains on life support, but the patient may be making a comeback.

It’s been two years since Scott Weiland left VR to reunite with Stone Temple Pilots, leaving the band’s status up in the air, but everyone’s been busy since VR went on hiatus.

Bassist Duff McKagan did a solo project (Loaded ), joined Jane’s Addiction, and then left the group six months later.

Drummer Matt Sorum toured briefly with Motorhead last year, and formed a cover band (Carnival of Dogs) this year with Tracii Guns, Franky Perez and Phil Soussan.

Guitarist Dave Kushner has been writing music for films and television. Kushner collaborated with Bob Thiele Jr., co-writing the theme song for the 2008 FX original series Sons of Anarchy, which earned them both a 2009 Emmy Award nomination for the theme. Kushner also teamed with Franky Perez, releasing songs under the pseudonym of DKFXP, a combination of the initials of Franky and Kushner.

The biggest spotlight has followed Slash, who released his self-titled solo album this year to great reviews; he’s spent most of 2010 on the road. Slash was honored last month with “Slash Day” in Hollywood at the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival, where he was asked about VR’s status….

Artisan News Service – Velvet Revolver story
September 16, 2010

So, it looks like VR singer auditions will start next month, once Slash wraps up his 2010 dates with a couple of shows at L.A.’s House Of Blues early in October.

In an interview recently published by The Toronto Sun, Slash discussed VR’s past audition process – and its results - with the benefit of some hindsight. “Last time, we spent 10 months looking for a singer, six days a week in a rehearsal studio. And we ended up with Scott, which was fine and everything, but at the end of 10 months, we were all so desperate to do something it's hard to say where our judgment was. So this time I don't want to rush it. I just want to make sure that if anything good comes up, we hear it. Because as soon as we find the right guy, we can figure out when we're going to make a record.”

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