During a recent interview with the Banana 101.5 radio station in Flint, Michigan (hear audio below), Slash spoke about the current status of VELVET REVOLVER, the band that released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004’s “Contraband” and 2007’s “Libertad” — before dismissing singer Scott Weiland back in April 2008.
“With VELVET, there’s no singer in place, and there hasn’t been, but we’ve been, actually, very quietly been looking for somebody who’s right for that band,” Slash said. “But, interestingly enough, I’m playing some shows in South Africa with [fellow former GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER members] Duff [McKagan] and Matt [Sorum] and Glenn Hughes and Sebastian Bach, and that’s going to be interesting. It’s called KINGS OF CHAOS, and Duff and Matt and Steve Stevens and Glenn Hughes and Sebastian Bach are the main band, and then they have guys that come up and guest… It’s going to be sort of like VELVET REVOLVER with Sebastian and Glenn Hughes singing.”
VELVET REVOLVER reunited with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2012 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O’Brien, but the band has otherwise remained inactive.
At one point it was reported that VELVET REVOLVER was going to team with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Slash. The group and Taylor recorded demos of 10 songs together.