So Much For Velvet Revolver Opening Up For Led Zeppelin

noah | March 24, 2008 9:30 am

While his bassist, Duff McKagan, was jawing about maybe being the support act for that Led Zeppelin tour that probably isn’t happening anyway, Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was seething inside, angry that the reunion of his first band was being pushed to the side by the press and the dudes who were supposed to be his bandmates, at least until said reunion took off. He finally began the popping-off process last week, telling a Glasgow audience that they were witnessing the band’s final tour. VR drummer Matt Sorum posted an apology for Weiland’s actions on his blog, saying that being in a band was “a lot like being in a relationship” and indirectly implying that Weiland was behaving like the crazy one–a theory that gained a little bit of traction when the skinny frontman fired off a statement to

“Responding to our drummer’s [Matt Sorum] rant about why the band is in a state of flux:

“Well, first of all, the state of my family affairs is really none of his business, since he is too immature to have a real relationship, let alone children. So don’t attempt to stand in a man’s shoes when you haven’t walked his path. Secondly, ‘keeping rock ‘n’ roll alive?’ I’ve made many attempts to remain cordial with the members of VR, but mainly, the likes of you. Funny though — this is your FIRST band, as opposed to being a hired gun. I’ve been making records (now on my ninth), which have sold over 35 million copies worldwide and have maintained a level of professionalism regardless of how many drugs I’ve ingested into my system. I have only cancelled one tour during the entire course of my 16-year run and that was the ‘make-up’ Australia tour. Now, shall I open that can of worms, Matthew? Release the Kraken? Serve… Volley! You cancelled the Aussie tour in the fall because you went to rehab, but I won’t say why… we’ll just let Blabbermouth find out for themselves.

“As for our fans — I will sweat, bruise, and bleed for you. And will continue to do so until the end of this tour. However, you deserve to hear VELVET REVOLVER playing… not certain individuals singing along to get a muddied up sound. God forbid — could one imagine if I grabbed a guitar and started soloing along with Slash? That would never happen because I know my place. It’s a shame… we were a gang. But ego and jealousy can get the better of anyone. I wish the best and plan to annihilate the stage in the last few shows.

“On a separate note, we did an STP [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] photo shoot before this tour and it was fun, inspiring and it gave me that thrill — that feeling that got my rocks off from the get-go.”

And how did Slash, Duff, and Matt respond? By leaking photos of them hanging out with Robert Plant sans Weiland. Somehow I don’t think that photos of STP chilling backstage with 3 Doors Down will have as much of the same punch.

Glasgow gig []SCOTT WEILAND Fires Back At MATT SORUM: ‘Ego And Jealousy Can Get The Better Of Anyone’ [Blabbermouth]VELVET REVOLVER Hanging Backstage With ROBERT PLANT; Photo Available [Blabbermouth]