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Head up!  Matt said, 'They'd make a decision.'  Whether the anounce it is another story, which is assuming how they'll spin it, if they don't anounce it.

I do think if you're going to hype it, you have to deliver - but, that's me.  The more you hype and don't, the worse it is for everyone (the fans, the band's cred., etc.).

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Just wanna say that I'd be fuckin rapt if it is Corey Taylor.

Trying not to get my hopes up, though.

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waitting, hope to hear something soon........  :lol:


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Saturday. No announcement. Why don't they just put it to an end and stick to their solo stuff?  :?
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Sounds like Matt jumped the gun. No announcement coming soon.

http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/interviewSlash2011.htm

SHARING THE STAGE WITH HIS HERO: SLASH TALKS ABOUT TOURING WITH OZZY

Interview conducted January 14, 2011 by Jeb Wright

Jeb: You have got to be thrilled to be touring with Ozzy. You will get to see mybuddy Tommy Clueftos, who you played with on American Idol as he is Ozzyís drummer on this tour.

Slash: Before I hooked up with Brent [Fitz] for my tour I actually called Tommy but he had joined Ozzy. I am thrilled about this tour. I am an old school believer in a great double bill for a rock show. I get to work with Ozzy, who is a good friend of mine, and someone that I respect and has always been a hero to me. To be able to do a concert with him is great. I think it will be a good pairing.

Jeb: Since this will be an Slash/Ozzy show I have to ask, who was more of an influence to you as a young guitarist, Tony Iommi or Randy Rhoads?

Slash: Definitely Tony Iommi. I never signed up for the Ď80ís metal guitar thing. Eddie [Van Halen] came out in 1978 and I started playing in 1979. Everybody who came out after that paled in comparison and I just never picked up on that style. I love Ozzy and I do like a lot of the songs that he did as a solo artist. I donít want to knock any of that but as far a musician goes, and an influence, I have to say Tony Iommi.

Jeb: Do you remember the first Black Sabbath album you bought?

Slash: The first Sabbath album I acquired, I donít think I bought it, was a greatest hits album. It was We Sold Our Soul For Rock & Roll. From that album I went back and bought all of the Sabbath records. Back in the day I didnít have any money so I would get live records or greatest hits records so I could figure out exactly who it was I was dealing with. Live records are my favorites. I think live records are the best way to deliver a song for a rock ní roll band. I really got hooked on a lot of different bands due to their live records.

Jeb: This tour will really give a lot of people a great chance to check out the Slash band live and see what you are all about.

Slash: It is a killer band. Myles Kennedy is an amazing singer. We do a lot of stuff off of my solo album, which is going over really great. I have to say it is very flattering how well this thing has gone over. We also will pull out Guns stuff and we do some Velvet stuff. It is basically a snapshot of my entire career delivered at maximum velocity and attitude.

Jeb: Will you press record during the tour?

Slash: We have the technology to do that but with this particular tour being only a fifty-minute set with Ozzy then I doubt we will record any of it. After the Ozzy tour we are doing a headlining tour in South America. I might do something then.

Jeb: In one week I will be in Wichita, Kansas to review your solo concert.

Slash: That one will be a two-hour show. Last year we toured for eight months and it was really fucking great. I had not really worked with any of these guys in a band situation before, which is really cool. I didnít just pull these guys from LA, which is how it usually happens when you do this sort of a tour. We have a really great chemistry. I am going to record this band at some point. I will tell you that this is really the sort of band, and the sort of rock gig, that bands just donít do anymore.

Jeb: I like the solo album. I really think it is the best thing you have done since Guns ní Roses. I am saying that as a fan of Velvet Revolver and Snakepit.

Slash: I really appreciate that. I had a really great time making this album. It was great to work with all of the people who are on the album, as I love collaborating with other people, and I have been doing that throughout my entire career. It was nice to just see what I was made of on my own and it was nice to be the captain of my own project.

Jeb: Have you written songs in mind for this band?

Slash: I am working on some stuff with Myles right now. At some point, in the not too distant future, we will record it. He is very exciting for me to work with as he is a very talented singer and songwriter.

Jeb: And he is not insane. Between Scott Weiland and Axl Rose you have had your share of crazy singers.

Slash: [Laughter] No, he is not insane. I have to admit that from the first couple weeks of rehearsal before our first show, I realized that there was a likeminded vibe going on between the members of the entire band. We really hit it off right away. I really do consider it a blessing.

Jeb: Ozzy is on your solo album on the song ďCrucify the Dead.Ē Do you think at any point you will have him on stage to sing it?

Slash: We have rehearsed it over the last couple of days so it is in our repertoire now. Ozzy and I briefly talked about it but we will just have to see what happens. Ozzy is one of those guys who, when he gets his show together, likes to do his thing. He is also very capable of jamming though as I have jammed with Ozzy a couple of times. We will have to see what happens. I am obviously hoping it happens but I just donít know if it will happen or not.

Jeb: Did the solo album hit Gold yet?

Slash: We have gone Gold and Platinum everywhere but the States. We have not gone Gold here yet. The rock scene is not like it once was. Everyone is downloading songs, especially by rock bands. You just sort of put it out there and live with it. I know everybody has it but who bought it is a whole different thing.

Jeb: Your band mate in VR, Matt Sorum, was quoted as saying there is a bunch of stuff in the can with that band.

Slash: There is a bunch of stuff but I donít know about saying it is in the can. We have a lot of demos recorded. We have a bunch of material but the whole singer thing is not settled yet. The jury is still out on that one.

Jeb: If I can be blunt with you, what the hell is taking so long?

Slash: Finding a singer for a band like Velvet Revolver, at this point, is not like when we first started, even back then it was a hard position to fill. It is even harder now. We know exactly what we want in this band and there are just not a lot of really amazing rock ní roll singers out there right now.


Jeb: I saw an article yesterday about a town erecting a statue of you. Is your ego still in check? Do you feel deserving or do you feel it is a little embarrassing?

Slash: It is a little embarrassing. I donít want to discourage them if they really want to do that. You hear about these things through the rumor mill but you donít really attach yourself to them. You canít really let things like that go to your head. They want to build a statue of Lemmy, as well as me, in this little town in England called Stoke-on-Trent, which is where we are from. It is really a very small town. Robbie Williams, Lemmy and myself are really the only famous personalities that are from this town, so it is special to them. It is really awesome. I hope to go back over there and actually do a show there this summer.

Jeb: Last one: I talked to Steven Adler recently and he told me that you stole your first black hat?

Slash: He said that he stole it? How could he steal it? We were in the same band.

Jeb: No, he did not steal the look. He said you stole that hat. Like stole it from a store.

Slash: Oh, I stole it. Yeah, I did steal it. I stole a lot of things back then because I didnít have any money.

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*Sounds like Matt jumped the gun. No announcement coming soon*

Man!  I really don't know why I STILL get excited when Matt talks about "dating a new singer". Time should have told me that this guy just likes to hear himself talk about this kind of stuff  :x 

Thank God, there is Loaded and Slash's solo stuff!

I'd love to see them back together BUT if not they just should say it and not let us wait forever! I imagine finding a new singer is very difficult and maybe they will never find someone - fine! But, please Matt, keep your mouth shut when it comes to that special topic - at least if there are no news. Thank you!  :(
« Last Edit: January 16, 2011, 01:57:31 AM by mel »

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In my opinion it's like that:

they are "dating" and feeling comfortable with the unkown guy. but they want to take a step back (solo tour, finishing records and other stuff) and having a second "new" look on that singer. not to make the mistakes they might have done in 2009 when they changed their website.

I already tried to think about someone I can think of that fit to their discription but I have no fuckin' idea! "known" bands and "not unknown" singer doesn't not mean that it is very popular like in the first thought.

on the discussion about taylor:

he is a great singer. but he is having about 3 or 4 projects beside slipknot. and they are already announced for headlining some festivals in europe in summer. so I think it's not him!

on creed singer:

sorry, he's not the right guy. and they mentioned in 2004 at lowlands festival during an interview something about "not rock n roll bands" like "creed and nickelback and all that shit"... so that would be a wrong choose!

on chester... :

you mean bennington? from linkin park? no way! he is good but not a VR frontman!

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You know, it's kind of hard to make any sense of it.  Both Duff and Slash have said, 'There's not a lot of really amazing rock n' roll singers out there.'  The reality is, there are just as many people who can/could sing rock music and lest we forget Scott Weiland, who was nothing like Axl Rose and not an atypical 'rock n' roll' choice when you're talking about ex-GnR.  Not to mention, I doubt they are lookin' for an 80's 'rock n' roll' singer.  I think they are looking for someone that can sell their brand in 2011 - for instance M. Shadows, whom I'm assuming is off the menu.  

At the same time, you 'do' have to pull the trigger.  They all treat VR like it's a backburner band.  Seriously, what could be so difficult about it?  Not to mention, a certain aspect of rock n' roll is about taking risks, throwing caution to the wind, carpe diem, etc.  There's not a lot of that going on right now, which resonates with the fans.  This isn't like Axl Rose and GNR, where anticipation will actually make the excitement grow because Axl Rose was hijacking the biggest band in the world, which was interesting, but he also didn't talk about it, which made it all the more mysterious.  

I think, at this point, Slash is happy buidling 'Slash' with Myles and of course 'Slasher Films' and Duff is super stoked about 'Loaded's' new record.  So much so that I believe they entertain the idea of VR, as a security blanket - like, 'Well, if all else fails, we can always resurrect Velvet Revolver' - but, it's almost turning into a Camp Freddy thing, which comes off as just for kicks.  I'm also having a hard time understanding the mission statement or why they'd even keep the name.  VR performed a lot of ex-GNR and ex-STP tunes - it was part of what sold the show and the latest DVD. The new singer would then be singing ex-GNR, ex-STP and ex-VR songs?  Even the best/most intriquing singer in the world isn't going to get a lot of cred., as it looks like they'd be a cover singer, which brings us to Franky Perez.  I'm sure the guy is great, but that's just not going to work, in my opinion.

The band also needs someone who can write music - the rest of the guys can write, but it's got to have a different flavor, which isn't just Slash/Duff/Matt.

I honestly think the band should probably clean the slate with the name VR and the idea of it - there's too many variables that just aren't adding up.  I'm not saying my band is anywhere near as notable as VR, but when we lose a member, we hold some auditions, discuss what we're looking for and fix the problem very quickly [a month/two - max] - we take it very seriously.  The actual time involved comes from someone having to come in and learn the music.  

They don't all seem like they care enough about the project to focus on it, exclusively.

I'm not even sure what the auditions from Sanctuary were all about.  I, as well as many others on this site, auditioned, but I never really saw it as being legit.  It's quite clear to me that you need a marquee name to sell to the label and so-on.  It was a great resume piece, I suppose but it really just seemed like a way to keep people buzzing about the name.  It was a lot of fun and I think a lot of us genuinely wanted to get the call, but two years later [and no singer], it doesn't really add up - especially when Matt goes on about the person being 'around' and 'well-known.'  

I love the guys - this is my take.
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maybe you should write a book?

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Ha...at least then my journalism degree wouldn't go down the drain. 

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Matt Sorum was interviewed this weekend at NAMM. This is what he says regarding Velvet Revolver's singer...

Matt Sorum: Velvet Revolver is always going on...but it's not going on. We're going to keep saying we might have a singer, and we'll see if we can do it as long as Axl did making that record. If we keep sayin' it we'll be like 65 years old by the time it comes out.

Yeah we're working on that. I liked the guy we tried out last week, and I went and opened my mouth. And I said something like we're going to make a decision, I really liked him, but that was me going, I like him. But there's another guy that's got to make a decision -- it's a group consensus, we're partners. So we can't say yet. But in the mean time I'm real busy.

Where have I heard this before -- this interview could be from NAMM last year, but it's not.

About a minute into the video:

NAMM 2011: Matt Sorum Interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hShs9BT6Qs

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip9WuQhsLl8 - NAMM 2010 (w/Matt - :50 seconds in)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKjsZMdth8s - NAMM 2009 (w/Duff - 1:12 in)

@ Mel - I see your point.  I guess time will tell.

Maybe the issue is more about them getting a good label deal than finding the 'right' singer.  Judging by this, it looks like [in 2009] it could/should have happened and they had already found their man.
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Matt Sorum was interviewed this weekend at NAMM. This is what he says regarding Velvet Revolver's singer...

Matt Sorum: Velvet Revolver is always going on...but it's not going on. We're going to keep saying we might have a singer, and we'll see if we can do it as long as Axl did making that record. If we keep sayin' it we'll be like 65 years old by the time it comes out.

Yeah we're working on that. I liked the guy we tried out last week, and I went and opened my mouth. And I said something like we're going to make a decision, I really liked him, but that was me going, I like him. But there's another guy that's got to make a decision -- it's a group consensus, we're partners. So we can't say yet. But in the mean time I'm real busy.

Where have I heard this before -- this interview could be from NAMM last year, but it's not.

About a minute into the video:

NAMM 2011: Matt Sorum Interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hShs9BT6Qs

Mel, thanks for posting this. It confirms that one person is holding this band up. Any guesses as to who that might be?
« Last Edit: January 16, 2011, 03:20:04 PM by SorumVR »

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You know, Sorum gets a lot of crap on various websites, but he always comes across as very nice and genuine!  I like the guy; he seems like the kind of guy I'd like to have a beer with!

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Sorum doesn't run his comments through a PR person or anyone else. He's straight up about everything. I may not agree with everything he says, but I can respect him for letting the fans know what's really going on.

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Sorum's cool y0

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firstly, scott should never have left velvet revolver but maybe he can exaggerated with his aitttude with the rest of the band
but fuck off, he's one in a million
it's be difficulte find a singer such good as scott

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Sounds like Matt jumped the gun. No announcement coming soon.

 :roll: well bugger me sideways! *fades back into the background*  :lol:

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Sometimes it's probably better to do nothing, than to release a mediocre album just for the sake of releasing something at all. Maybe the demos just didn't sound so good, with that new guy, and they   took the right decision not to rush the decision. It's good they're still picky and won't take just anyone and anything.
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True.  It's all speculation.

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I honestly think they're just delaying everything until Scott is up for fronting Velvet Revolver again. I'm all for it if that's the case.

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Sometimes it's probably better to do nothing, than to release a mediocre album just for the sake of releasing something at all. Maybe the demos just didn't sound so good, with that new guy, and they   took the right decision not to rush the decision. It's good they're still picky and won't take just anyone and anything.

I'm with you, on this one. 

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I honestly think they're just delaying everything until Scott is up for fronting Velvet Revolver again. I'm all for it if that's the case.

I'm with you on that one! as it stands right now for me VR is a dead duck in water.. but even if Scott came back could he still have what it takes to do rock and roll? I donno  :?
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