Band say they are 'in a state of flux' and won't tour again
Members of Velvet Revolver have said that the band is in “a state of flux”, with frontman Scott Weiland announcing onstage in Glasgow that the band would never tour again and a bitter war of words emerging between the singer and drummer Matt Sorum.
During the band’s gig in the Scottish city on March 20 Weiland announced onstage that fans were witnessing the last ever tour by Velvet Revolver. Following the outburst, Sorum posted a statement online saying that the band were in turmoil.
Weiland followed his band-mate’s comments up by releasing a statement to Blabbermouth, in which he attacked Sorum, calling him “immature” and revealing that the drummer entered rehab last Autumn.
He hinted that he was interested in rejoining his former band, Stone Temple Pilots on a more permanent basis, writing, “On a separate note, we did an STP photo shoot before this tour and it was fun, inspiring and it gave me that thrill – that feeling that got my rocks off from the get-go.”
Weiland is scheduled to re-join Stone Temple Pilots for live dates in May.
Sorum‘s statement read:
“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, I guess, with the cancellations and all. It has been frustrating, I am not going to lie.
“My career and life in rock ‘n’ roll has come with its ups and downs. Unfortunately, some people in this business don’t realise 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. Personally, I love this shit 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 last night [at the Glasgow gig], 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‘s response read:
“Well, first of all, the state of my family affairs is really none of his [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.
“Secondly, ‘keeping rock ‘n’ roll alive?’ I’ve made many attempts to remain cordial with the members of Velvet Revolver, 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 (I’m 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 cancelled one tour during the entire course of my 16-year run. Now, shall I open that can of worms, Matthew? Release the Kraken? Serve… volley! You cancelled the Aussie tour in the fall because you went to rehab, but I won’t say why.
“As for our fans – I will sweat, bruise, and bleed for you. And 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.
“God forbid – could one imagine if I grabbed a guitar and started soloing along with Slash? That would never happen because I know my place. 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.”