Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Reveals His True Feelings About Velvet Revolver
Slash was interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine recently and the topic of Scott Weiland’s death came up. Slash revealed that the time he was in Velvet Revolver was no fun. Check out what he had to say below.
You had a hard time with him, but how did you react to Scott Weiland’s death?
“As crazed as that whole period was, I was still shocked to hear about Scott. But yeah, Velvet Revolver was no fun. I have nothing positive to say about that experience except that we did write some cool stuff.”
This is the first time Slash has spoken about Weiland since his death from a drug overdose in December 2015. Slash and Velvet Revolver’s surviving members attended his funeral.
Former Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum posted a tribute to Weiland around the same time Rolling Stone published their Slash interview. He posted a video of Velvet Revolver covering “Patience” on Facebook, and simply wrote: “Found this lil gem online. Missing Scott Weiland.”
Slash Reveals Chester Bennington Collaboration On His 2010 Solo Record ‘Slash’
Slash has been out doing press for his upcoming record with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators called ‘Living the Dream’, which is due out September 21st, 2018. The album’s first single ‘Driving Rain’ has been released. Slash recently sat down with Variety to talk about Guns N’ Roses, his upcoming record and an unreleased collaboration with former Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. According to the article
New GNR music, as Slash has said in previous interviews, is very much a possibility. But perhaps set to see the light even sooner, a never-before-heard collaboration between the guitarist and late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. After having recently discovered the recording, intended for Slash’s first album and later recorded with late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, he sent it along to Bennington’s family taking note of the cautionary lyrics: “I went to see the doctor / He said you’re pretty sick
You got some real bad habits / You’d better stop right quick.”(Bennington committed suicide on July 20, 2017.)……..
As you see so many artists who didn’t make it to the other side, does it give you a greater appreciation for making it?
I have to appreciate, just for myself personally, being able to f—ing get up and do those gigs every single night. Because I would bet my bottom dollar if I was still carrying the same habit I had 12 years ago, there’s no way I could cope with it. It would be too physically and mentally difficult. There’s something to be said for a sense of clarity. It’s funny cause drugs is such an insidious thing. I was thinking about bands from the ‘70s cause I grew up around a lot of that craziness, and I didn’t know it at the time, but I looked back on it and said, “F—ing every single massive argument between artists was 90 percent of the time fueled by drugs.” Taking the drugs out of the equation, how many less rock ‘n’ roll stories there would have been? But speaking of Chester [Bennington], and I forgot all about this until just recently, when I was doing my first solo record, I worked with a lot of different people, some of whom, for whatever reason, didn’t end up on the record. One was with Chester. We did a song and Linkin Park at the time didn’t allow it to happen, so I did it with Lemmy [Kilmister]. The guy who engineered my demos sent it to me and I sent it to Chester’s family. But it was a trip cause the song [called “Doctor Alibi”] really speaks to his state of mind.
Will the song possibly be released?
His family has got it so it would be totally up to them. It was really good. He was awesome. It would be fine with me if they wanted to [release] it. Musically it’s basically the same as the Lemmy song, but the lyrics are really poignant.