Less than two weeks ago, during a Velvet Revolver gig in Glasgow, Scotland, the band’s frontman, Scott Weiland, announced to the crowd in attendance that they were witnessing something very special — the last-ever Velvet Revolver tour . On Tuesday (April 1), the rest of the band — guitarists Slash and Dave Kushner, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum — released a statement confirming that Velvet Revolver had parted ways with Weiland.
“This band is all about its fans and its music, and Scott Weiland isn’t 100% committed to either,” Slash said in the statement. “Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems [Weiland recently finished a stint in rehab] have forced us to move on.”
When called for additional comment, the band’s management, Sanctuary, said everything the band had to say on the matter was in the press release. The band played the final date of its European tour in Amsterdam earlier on Tuesday.
Weiland will presumably turn his energies to the re-formed Stone Temple Pilots, who are expected to reveal details of a full-scale summer tour at a news conference next week. Whether Velvet Revolver carry on with a new singer remains to be seen. But Slash has said, in a number of recent interviews, that there would be a third LP from the rockers, and that Weiland’s characterization of the band’s European tour as its last was simply untrue. There is no official word of the split on Velvet Revolver’s Web site.
Following Weiland’s outburst in Scotland, Sorum took to his blog to comment on the situation.
“[We] had a little band turmoil onstage, as you probably all could tell,” he wrote. “Being in a band is a lot like being in a relationship. Sometimes, you just don’t get along. I guess there has been more turmoil lately, with the cancellations and all. It has been frustrating; I am not going to lie. My career and life in rock and roll has come with its ups and downs. Unfortunately, some people in this business don’t realize how great of a life they have. Touring the world, meeting great people, and fans all over the world — and just playing music for a living. I feel truly blessed. But sometimes the road can be draining for some.
“Being away from home and family does grind on you sometimes,” Sorum continued. “Personally, I love this sh– and sometimes can’t believe I am so lucky to still be doing what I do for a living. Everybody could see who was unhappy [at the Glasgow show], but all I can say is let’s keep the rock alive, people. In this life, you just pick up and keep moving. And don’t ever let anybody stand in your way.”
Weiland responded in a statement to Blabbermouth.net, saying, “The state of my family affairs is really none of [Sorum’s] business, since he is too immature to have a real relationship, let alone children. So don’t attempt to stand in a man’s shoes when you haven’t walked his path. I’ve made many attempts to remain cordial with the members of VR, but mainly, the likes of you. Funny though — this is your first band, as opposed to being a hired gun. I’ve been making records (now, on my ninth), which have sold over 35 million copies worldwide and have maintained a level of professionalism regardless of how many drugs I’ve ingested into my system. I have only canceled one tour during the entire course of my 16-year run and that was the ’make-up’ Australia tour. Now, shall I open that can of worms, Matthew? Release the Kraken? Serve … volley! You canceled the Aussie tour in the fall because you went to rehab, but I won’t say why.
“I will sweat, bruise, and bleed for you,” he continued, directing his words to the band’s fans. “[I] will continue to do so until the end of this tour. However, you deserve to hear Velvet Revolver playing … not certain individuals singing along to get a muddied-up sound. It’s a shame … we were a gang. But ego and jealousy can get the better of anyone. I wish the best and plan to annihilate the stage in the last few shows.”