Velvet Revolver Will Not Be Looking For A New Lead Singer On CBS This Summer

May 27th, 2008 // 11 Comments

blogphoto.jpgMatt Sorum, who has turned into something of a self-styled spokesman for the 20%-less-supergroup Velvet Revolver recently, has publicly nixed the idea of his band finding its lead singer via the Rock Star reality-show franchise. “[The band] basically said ‘No!’ to that,” Sorum said. “We didn’t feel it was right for us. No disrespect to him but it just didn’t feel right for what we want to do. As many years as we’ve tried to keep our integrity intact we felt that wasn’t the right forum for us to do it so, we got some ideas and we should have that news in a couple weeks.” What could those ideas be?

A YouTube contest. It’s classier than anything hosted by Dave Navarro, and hey, it’s what all the kids are doing these days. Even that young whippersnapper Neal Schon!

Getting Kevin from Plush on board for a gig or two. At the very least, it should give Weiland something to worry about once that first blowup with his STP bandmates hits.

Hiring Sebastian Bach. This way, they can really fuck with Weiland’s head.

Making nicey-nice in the press about Axl Rose, because honestly, who on earth is going to buy a third Velvet Revolver album? Didn’t you see Libertad‘s numbers? Which would explain Sorum waxing poetic about his “newfound liking and love” for the G N’ R frontman, which is due at least in part to the fact that he usually sold out the venues he was headlining–and that they were big enough to get Sorum his own valet. Sometimes, olive branches have the strangest shapes, right?



  1. beta.rogan

    I was so looking forward to watching Slash and the other members of Velvet Revolver sit on a couch with a shirtless Dave Navarro while they all vaguely praised some terrible “rocker” performance. God I loved that show. I was honestly hoping for them to be on it.

    Note to Velvet Revolver: Justin Hawkins should be available…

  2. Anonymous

    Is there such a thing as a Velvet Revolver fan? Is there anyone out there who’s really just dying to hear these guys make more music?

    I submit that there is not. Swallow your pride and crawl back to Axl, guys.

  3. Anonymous

    Who are the Velvet Revolvers?

  4. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Superawesomerad: Swallow your pride and crawl back to Axl, guys.

    That’s basically what Scott Weiland recommended to them in the pages of some old Entertainment Weekly I just got around to reading. Maybe after Chinese Democracy sells one copy per million spent, a reunion tour will be in the offering. Maybe they’ll combine the recent reunion craze with the playing-an-entire-album craze and play Appetite like Maura wants.

  5. Anonymous

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: Just because Weiland’s a dick doesn’t mean he’s not right.

    Incidentally, is there some reason Izzy Stradlin has had zero involvement with VR? Is he Team Axl?

  6. FionaScrapple


    Insightful. Concise. Accurate. Except for one thing…Axl is better off without them, musically.

    Slash and Duff are highly overrated. G’n'R was always mostly Axl and Izzy.

  7. Empire

    @FionaScrapple: Maybe musically. But Slash was integral to GnR’s image. He was as much of a frontman as Axl.

  8. FionaScrapple


    Yes and Slash has done so much for VR’s image in between VW commercials and the like.

  9. Anonymous

    @FionaScrapple: I have no particular love for Slash – I thought his “autobiography” was 400 pages of whining about how we shouldn’t think he’s a selfish douchebag just because he acted like one for 20 years – but I agree with Empire. Sure, he’s sold out mightily, but name one other rock star who hasn’t these days – hell, even Axl’s done video game voiceovers.

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