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Velvet Revolver “not done” yet, still looking for a singer

By Dean Goodman
April 16, 2009

Velvet Revolver, the Grammy-winning rock group founded by three former members of Guns N’ Roses, is not ready to call it a day even though they have yet to find a new singer.
    
The band ousted Scott Weiland in April 2008, following an unusually public feud, and he returns to the road next month to promote a solo album that he released in November.  
    
duffHis former bandmates are also keeping busy, including bass player Duff McKagan, who begins a U.S. tour in Nashville on Saturday with his side project, Duff McKagan’s Loaded. The band, in which McKagan sings and plays guitar, released its debut U.S. album “Sick” last week.
    
Asked about the status of Velvet Revolver, McKagan told Reuters, “It is not done. We just haven’t found a singer … There’s a lot of criteria to fill.”
    
McKagan rebuffed a suggestion that he could take over as lead vocalist. He sang harmonies with both Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses, and often took a solo spot during Guns N’ Roses shows singing the old punk song “Attitude” 
    
“I’m very comfortable singing, for sure. I know what my range is,” he said. “(But) we need a standalone singer, for sure. We need that rock guy.”
    
As for Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver colleague Slash, McKagan revealed that the guitarist is recording a solo project with guest vocalists, including Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie.
    
McKagan rolled his eyes at the mention of the pop singer’s name, but said he “completely” supported Slash’s creative decisions.
    
As for his own band, McKagan joined forces with three musician pals from his Seattle hometown. Their label, Century Media Records, gave them a modest budget of $20,000, and they recorded “Sick” in just nine days.
    
The album bears traces of the Stooges and Guns N’ Roses, and angry tirades rub shoulders with wistful ballads about drug-overdose casualties and McKagan’s own recent relapse.
    
“It’s accessible, not that we tried to write an accessible record,” McKagan said. “It’s left of center, for sure, But it’s not completely out there.”

Comments

Contact Steve Perry. Now that would be a combination!!!!
Steve would change the whole dynamic, but it would rock beyond belief. Think about it. With a bit of work it could be killer!!!!!!
Change is everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joe Leste fomer bang tango & beautiful creatures lead vocal. this dude would sound great with VR

Posted by wild Bill | Report as abusive
 

why don’t you guys try looking something magical here in the philippines?

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they should pick up dome undiscovered talent. Someone distinctive but also great on a technical level. Actually, it’s too bad they don’t get Eric Dover

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Hi Guys! Do you need a vocalist yet?
I´m very interested in this job.What kind of test do you´re making?
I always sing here in Brazil since 1996 and today i´m teacher in 2 music schools
I like to sing using several types of tones and kind of voices and japanese too.I like Hard Rock very much
I´ve a lot of videos live on Youtube if you want see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_14lvRZL ZU

some pics

http://www.orkut.com.br/Main#Profile?rl= mp&uid=7304912581806988842
I was vocalist in Sagitta´s band and Temple of Sin
Now a cut my hair
I will go to USA in november and I will rent a motorcycle, first I wiil to Miami and there to atlanta and New York by Harley.And I have the Polish passport in which it´s much better for travels
Music is my life
The situation here in Brazil is difficult for musicians so I would appreciate this chance

Best regards,

All the best

Ricky W.

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