According to The Pulse Of Radio, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland has admitted that he joined VELVET REVOLVER in 2003 for the money, and now says that it wasn’t his best work even if he did like the music. Weiland makes this revelation in an excerpt published at RollingStone.com from his new memoir, “Not Dead And Not For Sale”, which arrives on Tuesday (May 17). Weiland joined VELVET REVOLVER, which featured ex-GUNS N’ ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum plus guitarist Dave Kushner, after he left STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. They recorded two albums before the band kicked him out for his continuing drug addiction issues.
Weiland writes in his book, “They put some songs on a CD and my wife said, ‘They think you’ll like what they’re doing.’ I didn’t; it sounded like BAD COMPANY and I never liked BAD COMPANY. A week or so later another CD arrived with songs custom-designed for me.”
He continues, “I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to hook up with these guys. Duff said, ‘There’s soundtrack stuff we’ve been asked to do, and the money’s great.’ The money attracted me.”
Weiland says that upon joining the group, he discovered that they had great chemistry. He writes, “There was so much energy on the stage that at times it felt combustible — anything could happen at any time. We were dangerous.”
Nevertheless, the music left him unsatisfied. He says, “I can’t call it the music of my soul. There was a certain commercial calculation behind it.”
Weiland reunited with STP after VELVET REVOLVER threw him out.
VELVET REVOLVER has yet to find a replacement and may be on a permanent hiatus at this point.