Myles Kennedy Discusses Velvet Revolver Audition
Appearing on WIRX, Alter Bridge and Slash vocalist Myles Kennedy talked about the early part of his musical career including almost auditioning for Velvet Revolver. The exchange went as follows:
Let’s move forward a few years and a couple of bands later. I also found that you were actually approached by the guys of Velvet Revolver around 2002, but it never came to fruition. Are there any maybe wonderings or regrets about that possible chance?
“I wouldn’t say ‘regret,’ I think for me at that point, I wasn’t ready to step into something of that magnitude.
“I was still evolving, really, as a singer, trying to figure out who I was. You know, I started as a guitar player, so the singing was, it wasn’t extremely new, but I haven’t really found my voice yet. So yeah, that was a pretty big deal.”
To say no to Slash probably had to be a gut-wrenching thing to do, even at the time… It’s Slash, for god’s sake!
“Well, I think a lot of my friends thought I was completely crazy. I’ve always tried to do things for the right reasons and trying to make the decisions, and it worked out.”
Kirk Hammett Has Regrets Over Fighting Napster in the 2000’s
During an interview on Deal Delray’s Podcast “Let There Be Talk” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett reflected back on the wasted battle the band was locked in during the early 2000’s saying:
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“We didn’t make a difference — we did not make a difference, It happened, and we couldn’t stop it – because it was just bigger than any of us, this trend that happened that sunk the music industry. There was no way that we could stop it. … What had happened was all of a sudden, it was just more convenient to get music and it was less convenient to pay for it, and there you have it.”
When Metallica discovered a leaked version of their song “I Disappear” on Napster’s file sharing service the band sued the company. The band’s song was originally intended and recorded for the “Mission Impossible 2” soundtrack in 2000. Upon filing the lawsuit, Napster responded by promising to terminate the accounts of people who shared the song without permission. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich showed up to Napster’s office and had a printout of more than 335,000 people who apparently downloaded the song without permission on Napster’s service. The court case was eventually settled out of court, but it set off a huge firestorm over artist rights and file sharing. Some saw what Napster was doing as foreshadowing of what was to come in the future with illegal downloading and file sharing.
Hammett would go on to say during the interview
“For me, it was kind of a leveling factor,All of a sudden, all of us were brought back to the minstrel age now where musicians’ only source of income is actually playing. And it’s like that nowadays — except that a lot of these bands aren’t really playing. They’re pressing ‘play’ or something. But there are a lot of bands who actually play their instruments and have to play to still be a band and still survive.”
Metallica hasn’t fought digital platforms allowing their albums and songs to be streamed online since 2012, but Hammett left it on a hopeful note saying
“Maybe things might change,. Maybe all of a sudden people will just start to prefer CDs or whatever format as to what’s available now. Who’s to say? I mean, it changed all so quickly back then. It could change just as quickly now.”