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Scott Weiland Rejoining Velvet Revolver?

5/14/2012 8:44pm EDT
Rocker Scott Weiland has rejoined Velvet Revolver four years after his bandmates kicked him out of the group following a public spat.

The singer left the band and reunited his former act Stone Temple Pilots for a tour, leaving his supergroup to find a replacement.

After a series of near hires, bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan put Velvet Revolver on hold to concentrate on solo endeavors, but now it appears Weiland is back onboard following a reunion at a benefit concert in January.

He tells ABC News Radio he is writing and recording new music with his former bandmates, stating, "We've all...

Velvet Revolver Close To Landing New Singer?

11/6/2011 8:56pm EST
Duff McKagan
Rocker Duff McKagan is confident his supergroup Velvet Revolver will have a new frontman by the end of 2011.

The band, which also features Slash and Matt Sorum, has been on hiatus since singer Scott Weiland was fired over three years ago, but bassist McKagan insists they're close to finding his permanent replacement.

He says, "I think we may be looking at somebody in December, which is fun to think about (and) I believe in my heart of hearts it'll happen."

McKagan and Slash recently performed with Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco at a benefit concert and after the show, the bassist said, "Ther...

Velvet Revolver Has A Potential New Singer

10/8/2011 11:00am EDT
Velvet Revolver
The members of rock supergroup Velvet Revolver have inched closer to finding a replacement for Scott Weiland after Slash and Duff McKagan were left impressed by a potential frontman at a recent charity show.

The two stars and their former Guns N' Roses bandmate Matt Sorum recently jammed with the unnamed singer during a trip to New York and now bassist McKagan is keen to work with him again.

He says, "There was a singer there we might write some songs with."

Rock website reports the mystery man is Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco, who performed three tracks with McKagan and Sl...

Duff McKagan Launches Financial Advice Firm

8/22/2011 9:55am EDT
Duff McKagan
Former Guns N' Roses rocker Duff McKagan has launched a money management firm to help advise musicians on how to keep their earnings safe.

While recovering from a burst pancreas in 1994, the former hell raising bass player was determined to understand more about his wealth and how the music industry works regarding payment to artists - and he went on to study math at Seattle University.

The Velvet Revolver star says, "When I first got out of the hospital, I was just trying to stay sober so I had to fill my time. One of the things I did was to go through my financial statements and I cou...

Sammy Hagar: 'I Was Asked To Be In Aerosmith'

5/3/2011 4:16pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rock veteran Sammy Hagar has revealed he was offered the chance to replace Steven Tyler as the frontman of Aerosmith, but snubbed the opportunity because it would have been a "difficult" transition.

The former Van Halen singer claims he has been approached over the years to join a string of top bands, and was in the running to front Slash super-group Velvet Revolver in 2008.

He tells Forbes magazine, "I was asked at one time to be in Motley Crue. I was asked at one time to be in Pantera by their managers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit."

Hagar even allege...

Duff McKagan Fears Possible Guns N' Roses Rock Hall Induction

4/2/2011 9:00am EDT
Duff McKagan
Rocker Duff McKagan is beginning to worry about the possibility of Guns N' Roses landing a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction spot in 2012 because he doesn't want the honor to become a debacle as warring bandmates attempt to unite in public.

The rockers become eligible for the hall next year, and the band's ex-bass player fears a repeat of what happened when he was there to induct Van Halen into the fabled museum in 2007, and only former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony showed up.

McKagan tells, "I think it's a real 'cross-that-bridge-when-you-come-to-it' kind of thi...

Mary Forsberg Weiland - 'Fall To Pieces: A Memoir Of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll And Mental Illness'

3/9/2011 2:30pm EST
Though Mary Forsberg Weiland was living a life most people would kill for – worldwide fashion model, wife of modern rock icon – she was still exposed to perhaps the most toxic drug of all on a daily basis – her husband, Scott Weiland. In her new compelling tell-all, Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Mental Illness, Weiland’s takes readers on an emotionally twisted rollercoaster that plays out in the vein of other rock star diaries, Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis’ Scar Tissue and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx 's Heroin Diaries.

Fall to Pieces follo...

Duff McKagan Launches Wealth Management Firm

3/6/2011 8:43pm EST
Duff McKagan
Business-savvy Velvet Revolver rocker Duff McKagan has launched his own wealth management firm for musicians keen to learn more about the financial world.

Meridian Rock will be headed by McKagan and a British investor.

The former Guns N' Roses bass player, who took a brief hiatus from the music business to study the business of money, claims many musicians who break big are misled when it comes to financial advice.

He says, "You think the money is going to keep coming. When you get that big contract, or your record goes platinum and you're selling out concerts, you don't see that it's go...

Duff McKagan: 'I Have Not Relapsed On Cocaine'

12/17/2010 11:16am EST
Duff McKagan
Former Guns N' Roses star Duff McKagan has undergone sinus surgery to remove scar tissue which built up during years of cocaine abuse.

The Velvet Revolver rocker - who turned his back on substance abuse in the mid-1990s - checked into a hospital this month for a mystery operation, prompting some gossips to suggest the musician was once again taking drugs.

McKagan has now spoken out to dismiss rumors of a relapse and he's revealed the procedure was necessary to repair the damage caused by his battle with illegal substances.

He tells, "Thank you all for the very nice well-wi...

Axl Rose Suing Activision Over Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

11/24/2010 3:05pm EST
Axl Rose
Axl Rose is suing the bosses behind popular game series Guitar Hero for more than $20 million for alleged breach of contract and fraud.

The Guns N' Roses frontman filed a lawsuit on Tuesday at Los Angeles Superior Court claiming Activision Blizzard chiefs "fraudulently induced" him into authorizing the band's song Welcome to the Jungle in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Rose claims bosses promised him the game wouldn't feature any reference to his former bandmate Slash or the guitarist's band Velvet Revolver, before releasing a cover featuring "an animated depiction of Slash, with his s...

Scott Weiland To Release Memoir In March

9/13/2010 5:00pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Rocker Scott Weiland is set to reveal all about his battle with drug addiction and his newfound sobriety when his long-awaited autobiography is released next March.

The singer has talked about the tome for three years - and he's finally agreed with publishers at Simon & Schuster on a tentative release for Not Dead & Not For Sale. Weiland was kicked out of rock band Velvet Revolver in April 2008 and has since been touring as a member of the reunited Stone Temple Pilots.

However, in the months before the split, he revealed he was overwhelmed by the prospect of chronicling his life. He tol...

Scott Weiland Wheezes In Colorado Altitude

8/14/2010 4:00pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was left out of breath during the band's opening tour stop in Colorado on Tuesday after struggling to adapt to the higher altitude.

The reunited band kicked off their first big road trek in two years by hitting the stage in Morrison, a venue a mile above sea level.

The thin air caused Weiland to wheeze after rocking out to old hits like Plush, Between the Lines and Cinnamon. Taking a quick break, he told the crowd, "The altitude in this place is very interesting."

But Weiland refused to let the altitude problem slow him down and he later laun...

Slash's Guitar Gets Destroyed After On-Stage Attack

6/12/2010 2:19pm EDT
Rocker Slash has laughed off a stage invasion during a concert in Milan, Italy, on Thursday night, insisting he's fine but his guitar was broken in the fracas.

The guitar great was forced to halt his show when an over-zealous fan climbed onstage and tackled him as he started up a rendition of Guns 'N Roses anthem "Sweet Child O' Mine."

The burly fan almost knocked the rocker over as he lunged at him and then was tackled off the stage by security.

Slash composed himself and tried to play on, but realized his guitar neck had been snapped and had to call for a replacement instrument.


Axl Rose Declares War On Ex-Manager

5/18/2010 8:54pm EDT
Axl Rose
Axl Rose has waged war against former Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff, accusing him of attempting to sabotage the rocker's career after he refused to reunite with the band's original members.

Azoff, the CEO of management firm Front Line, originally filed suit against Rose in March, claiming the singer reneged on an oral agreement giving him 15 percent of his earnings from a big money concert tour - a deal said to be worth $2 million.

But Rose has fired back at Azoff, accusing the music mogul of failing to properly promote the band's 2008 album "Chinese Democracy" in an alleged bid to f...

Slash: 'I'm A Twitter Junkie'

5/17/2010 12:00pm EDT
Legendary guitarist Slash has become addicted to since signing up to promote his debut solo album. The Velvet Revolver and former Guns N' Roses rocker at first resisted joining the social networking site to publicize the new self-titled record, as he feared he would lose his mystique.

However, he was stunned by how effective his efforts were to reach out to fans - and now the star can't stop posting up-to-the-minute 'tweets' about his thoughts and whereabouts.

He tells, "Doing this record, I did an independent distribution deal (and) I started using social networ...

Scott Weiland: 'I Wish Velvet Revolver All The Best'

5/12/2010 5:30pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Rocker Scott Weiland refuses to feel bitter about his dismissal from Velvet Revolver, insisting he wishes his former band mates "all the best."

Weiland was kicked out of the group in April 2008 following a series of arguments with founders Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan. The drama has played out in the press, but Weiland is eager to clarify he holds no "resentment" towards his former co-stars - and hopes they can move on from his firing.

He tells Kerrang! magazine, "It was a great experience until near the end. I think we made some great music - and I actually prefer our second album...

Perry Farrell Dances The Night Away With His Wife At Coachella

4/16/2010 11:32pm EDT
Perry Farrell
Perry Farrell helped kick off day one of the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA by bringing wife Etty Lau Farrel onstage for some dancing.

The Jane's Addiction singer played a set "vs." DJ Steve Porter.

This past January Jane's Addiction headed back to the studio to write their first new material in seven years despite bits of in-fighting between band members that led to bassist Eric Avery leaving.

Reports that former Guns N' Roses / Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan joined the group to replace Avery were confirmed in early March, but still no word on a new alb...

Slash Calls Off Ozzy Osbourne Single Release

3/9/2010 5:00pm EST
Slash has axed plans to release his collaboration with Ozzy Osbourne as the first single from his solo album - to avoid clashing with the Prince Of Darkness' new material.

The Velvet Revolver guitarist recruited a number of stars, including Fergie and Kid Rock, to lend their vocals to his first solo effort, Slash, and had picked Crucify The Dead, a track with Osbourne, as his debut release.

However, he's now promoting By The Sword, sung by Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale, since Osbourne is planning to put out his own solo disc in June.

And he admits the star-studded collection is alread...

'Behind the Music' Returns to VH1 - What Are Your Favorite Episodes?

4/9/2009 10:00am EDT
Behind the Music
Last month, VH1 announced plans to revive its iconic series, "Behind the Music," this summer. The network has ordered 10 new episodes which will focus mainly on newer artists, including Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver.

This news got me thinking about my favorite installments from the series, so I'd like to submit this list of the Top 10 BTM episodes for your approval and/or ridicule. As always, a list like this is entirely subjective and will, hopefully, spark some spirited discussion.

10. Heart

This episode may not have the classic "rock bott...

Guitar Center Sessions Presents: An Evening of dialog and Insight with Slash

8/30/2008 10:00am EDT
Guitar Center is pleased to announce the next installment of Guitar Center Sessions: An Evening of dialog and Insight with Slash. Taking place Wednesday, September 3 at the Guitar Center in Northridge, CA, the evening is free and open to the public, and will include a book signing for 2008 Pop-Culture Book of the Year "Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction" (Real Deal Media), the definitive visual history of the band's early days in Hollywood. The evening will be powered by Gibson, Ernie Ball and Real Deal Media.

Slash is more than just a musician. He ...

'The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself,' Due June 24

6/19/2008 7:00pm EDT
Billy Idol
Billy Idol has recorded two brand new songs for The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a new career-spanning CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and digital collection to be released June 24 by Capitol/EMI. The two songs, "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon," will be exclusively available on the new release, which features all seven of Idol's Top 10 hits among its 18 tracks, including two #1s. The Deluxe Edition adds 13 music videos making their DVD release debuts, including two alternate video edits that have never before been released in any format. The CD and CD/DVD packages are both des...

Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

4/22/2008 10:33am EDT
Jerry and Slash
It's not every day that you are given the opportunity to witness performances by top notch musicians including Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), Slash (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros, Jane's Addiction) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), as well as numerous other talented musicians all on the same stage. However, on Thursday evening, April 17th, thousands of music fans gathered together at the Nokia Theater in New York City, to watch these artists rock out in celebration of Road Recovery's 10th year anniversary.

Road Recovery is a pro...

Most Popular Rock Bands of The 21st Century. . . So Far

2/26/2008 10:32am EST
There are many rock bands out there that have evolved over the past eight years, but only a few of them have really made a difference in the music world today. Of course, everyone has different tastes when it comes to rock music, but when researching to see which bands really made an impact on the 21st Century, these five bands seemed to appear wherever I looked.

1. Audioslave: Audioslave caused quite a hype when they first came together. The band consisted of former Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, and former Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, so for anyone who was a...

Shadows Fall Garners Grammy Nom For 'Best Metal Performance'

12/10/2007 9:00pm EST
Shadows Fall
Atlantic recording artist Shadows Fall has received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for the song "Redemption" off their critically acclaimed label debut, Threads Of Life.

Clearly a leader in their genre, this marks the band's second Grammy nomination in the category, following their nod at the 2006 awards for "What Drives The Weak" off of their Century Media release, The War Within.

Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair said the following, "We walked off stage in Milan Italy last night after a killer set on the Black Crusade tour and my phone started buzzing. After cr...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 27

10/27/2007 3:00am EDT
Kelly Osbourne Bad Hair Day
Happy Birthday to singer/actress Kelly Osbourne (1984), Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke (1972), Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland (1967), British pop icon and "Duran Duran" lead singer Simon Le Bon (1958), New York crime boss John Gotti (1940; d. 2002), British actor John Cleese (1939), author of "The Bell Jar" Sylvia Plath (1932), African-American actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee (1924), American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923), 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858), Italian composer Niccolo Paganini (1782), and British naval captain James Cook (1728).

Velvet Revolver Pay Tribute To Drummer's Brother

8/28/2007 9:00pm EDT
Velvet Revolver
Velvet Revolver are to pay tribute to drummer Matt Sorum's late brother when they perform in Minneapolis, Minnesota later this week - with a special charity show. Sorum's 11-year-old sibling, Daniel, lost his battle with brain-stem cancer earlier this year and now his big brother and his bandmates are set to remember the kid in style.

The rockers will perform at the Fine Line Music Cafe in St. Paul after their headlining show at the nearby Xcel Energy Center.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Daniel J. Sorum Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit students at the schoo...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 23

7/23/2007 3:00am EDT
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" star Daniel Radcliffe (1989), Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams (1980), actress Stephanie March (1974), Travis lead singer Francis Healy (1973), country/bluegrass singer Alison Krauss (1971), actress Charisma Carpenter (1970), supermodel Stephanie Seymour (1968), "Capote" star Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967), Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash (1965), "White Men Can't Jump" star Woody Harrelson (1961), Depeche Mode singer Martin L. Gore (1961), prolific character actress Edie McClurg (1951), "The Limey" star Terence Stamp (1939...

Velvet Revolver To Release 'Libertad' On July 3

4/24/2007 10:30am EDT
Velvet Revolver
"The feel, the energy of Libertad is about the eternal struggle for freedom -- personal and social freedoms." So says Velvet Revolver's frontman Scott Weiland in describing the band's forthcoming album Libertad, scheduled for release July 3 on RCA Records. It will be preceded by the track "She Builds Quick Machines."

"Libertad has soul," Weiland continued. "What we're trying to say on a musical and lyrical level is clearer this time. The songs may have started out being very personal but they took on a more universal truth as they were nurtured by the five-headed beast that is Velvet R...

Rush Announce New Album

2/15/2007 1:17pm EST
Rush has unveiled details of its upcoming new album, entitled "Snakes & Arrows." The renowned rock trio's first new collection of original material in nearly five years, the album will be released on May 1st.

"Snakes & Arrows" was recorded in the fall of 2006 with Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and Rush co-producing. The album's first single, "Far Cry," will impact at rock radio outlets nationwide in mid-March.

Rush -- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart -- will trumpet the release of "Snakes & Arrows" with a full-scale North American tour...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 5

2/5/2007 3:00am EST
Laura Linney
Happy Birthday to "Peter Pan" star Jeremy Sumpter (1989), Manchester United footballer Christiano Ronaldo (1985), country singer Sara Evans (1971), singer Bobby Brown (1969), baseball player Roberto Alomar (1968), Guns 'N Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagen (1964), actress Laura Linney (1964), actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (1962), Elton John's drummer Nigel Olsson (1949), actress Barbara Hershey (1948), actor/director/writer Christopher Guest (1948), British actress/former model Charlotte Rampling (1946), Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper (1944), action film director Michael Mann...