Thursday, September 20, 2012

Duff McKagan updates status of Velvet Revolver

There’s been no word on the status of Velvet Revolver for some time now, as the band continues its hiatus since the 2008 departure of singer Scott Weiland, who returned to Stone Temple Pilots.

Earlier this year, the group released a new DVD, “Let It Roll - Live in Germany,” that featured a March 2008 performance filmed at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany for the legendary German TV series "Rockpalast."

In January, Velvet Revolver reunited for a benefit show in Hollywood, a tribute event and fundraiser for the family of composer and music supervisor John O'Brien, who passed away last year.

In late 2010/early 2011, the band recorded demos with Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, but reports indicated that Slash was unable to commit to adding him to the lineup, and the project was put back on hold as the guitarist continued his endless touring in support of his debut solo album.

In a new interview with Australia’s Faster Louder, bassist Duff McKagan was asked for a Velevet Revolver status update.

As for who might fill Weiland’s shoes as frontman, Duff said “I have no idea.”

And the group? “Um … I think it's at nowhere,” he replied. “I think everybody just kind of got sick of talking about it, because there's really no guy, so there's nothing that me or Slash or Matt [Sorum] or Dave [Kushner] could say that would change the course of this question. So there's nobody now, I think the longer that Slash is out touring, and that I'm out touring, people will stop asking as much. Maybe once it's settled down, we'll find the guy.”

McKagan was asked if it is more intimidating being in a "supergroup" than a regular band, to which he replied, “All bands are super. The intention is, when Slash and Matt and I were first writing songs and there was a murmur around L.A. and the music industry that we were writing songs, it wasn't called a supergroup, it was just three guys from Guns. So as soon as you add that other guy from another band, suddenly [it's a supergroup] ... I mean when I think of the word "supergroup," I'm an older guy, so I think of Asia, and that was the first time I'd ever heard the word. And we're not like Asia.”

“But it was no more intimidating playing with Slash and Matt in 2003 and 2004 when we started that thing than it was in the '90s,”
continued Duff. “We're just fellas. Scott, I'd already been friends with for quite some time, so it was just another buddy. From the outside, it's like, ‘Oh my god! The superpowers are coming together,’ but it's more like ‘not really,’ but you can't really argue with that.”

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