SLASH On WEILAND: Even If I Didn’t Have My Solo Thing Going On, I Still Wouldn’t Work With Him
Slash has blasted Scott Weiland for claiming in various interviews that he was going to be rejoining VELVET REVOLVER, saying, “None of us have a clue what he’s talking about… We’re not buying it.”
Weiland recently said that he thought it was “the perfect time for VELVET REVOLVER to get back together,” telling Rolling Stone magazine, “I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it.”
VELVET REVOLVER has been without a singer and on more or less permanent hiatus since Weiland was dismissed from the band in April 2008. He rejoined STONE TEMPLE PILOTS at that time and has toured constantly and cut one album with them.
In an interview in the new issue of Classic Rock, Slash was reluctant to address Weiland‘s recent comments, saying “I don’t even want to give him this attention, to tell you the truth.”
He added: “I think at this point Scott just got fired from STP and I think he’s trying to pull off that trick of trying to get something else going on, and we’re not buying it. The door’s shut on this side and it’s probably shut on that side too, so he’s on his own. And he deserves it, too.”
Slash continued: “Scott is completely speaking out of his ass [about the VELVET REVOLVER reunion]. Nobody at this end has had any conversations with Scott on this subject, except maybe [VELVET REVOLVER guitarist] Dave Kushner, because he was the only one in the band who was really close to him. And all things considered, we don’t have a good professional relationship with Scott.
“And it also pisses me off because he’s put STP through so much shit over the years, and put us through shit too when we were working with him. In 2008, that was all over with, so at this point, when he starts coming up with this stuff, it’s like, whatever.”
The guitarist said he is in a good frame of mind these days and he had no intention of bringing a begative influence like Weiland back into his life. “It’s been great,” Slash said. “It’s basically since I got my shit together and stopped touring with Scott. Even if I didn’t have my solo thing going on, I still wouldn’t work with him.”
VELVET REVOLVER did reunite with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2011 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O’Brien (see video below), but the band has otherwise remained inactive.