Duff McKagan has gone on record to refute Scott Weiland‘s recent claims that Velvet Revolver is auditioning candidates for a new lead singer.
McKagan, who’s currently playing in the band Walking Papers and returned to Guns N’ Roses for a few shows earlier this year, tells VH1 Radio Networks that, “I’m not aware that we’re auditioning right now and I think I would be aware. That’s a band, when it’s the right time to happen, it’ll happen again. That band was so good and really started with all the right intentions and we wrote a lot of material near the end of that band. We kind of got really free musically, so we’ve got all this material and it’s a really talented band.”
Velvet Revolver has been dormant since touring to support its sophomore album, 2007’s “Libertad,” and then fired Weiland the following year — although the quintet, which also includes GNR alumni Slash and Matt Sorum — did regroup for a benefit show in 2012.
McKagan has previously told us that he’s confident Velvet Revolver will resume at some point in the future: “We talk about it every now and again. It’s the type of thing, I think, where we’re waiting for the right person to come along. It’ll just happen. I don’t think we consider it gone. I think it’s just dormant.”