Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Velvet Revolver drummer says album with Corey Taylor is ready to go

There hasn’t been much talk about Velvet Revolver in a few months, given that Slash continues to tour his 2010 solo record.

But the subject has reared its head again as part of a recent interview with VR drummer Matt Sorum.

In South America to perform with Brazilian band Kiara Rocks on July 13 at naMATAcafé in São Paulo, Brazil, the Revolver situation came up during an interview with Lokaos Rock Show.

"It was funny, because when we did [the debut album] Velvet Revolver, we had our relationships with certain singers, but we wanted to make a modern rock album, and we had to figure out a way to make that work,” explains Matt. “We didn't wanna be like Guns N’ Roses. We knew we had that in us anyway, especially the Slash and Duff sound was the initial sound of “Appetite For Destruction,” the way they played together and everything. Part of that chemistry was there, and when we added Scott [Weiland], it brought it into a more modern rock element. He came more from grunge — the Seattle [sound like] Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and bands like that. So it took it sort of forward. We became more of a modern rock band and we were on modern rock radio. Guns N’ Roses wasn't even being played on those radio stations in America.”

"When we asked Corey Taylor [Slipknot, Stone Sour] to join, that was my idea,”
continued Sorum. “I said, 'Why don't we get Corey Taylor from Slipknot?' And he's a great guy, number one - he's an absolute sweetheart - and he rocks. Slash just didn't see it like the rest of us did. We liked it. We had ten songs. [We] could put the album out tomorrow. It's done. I said, 'Let's go.' But Slash wasn't feeling it. If we're not all feeling it together, we can't do it."

Sorum explained further that Slash’s tour isn’t the only reason Revolver continue to be on hiatus.

"Slash has been on tour almost two years now, [but] it's not the reason [VR is inactive]. I think the reason is that is hasn't fallen into place yet,” says the drummer. “After [we parted ways with singer] Scott Weiland [in 2008]…We had such a great first record, especially. The second album is still a good album, but… It's hard to replace Scott for that particular band, I think. It's a bit of a gray era.”

"Velvet Revolver, we really felt that we were… Especially Slash, Duff and myself, we were the three main guys that started Velvet. 'Cause Scott came in much later. So to replace Scott, we felt, could be possible. And we tried a couple of guys and it didn't work out. [But] I don't wanna say it's over. It's just on a hiatus. We'll make music again together at some point."

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