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Whatever happened to Velvet Revolver? With the exception of one "unofficial" performance a while back, the band has been on hiatus ever since the dismissal of singer Scott Weiland in April 2008. Although various vocalists have been linked to the group -- including Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Jimmy Gnecco of Ours -- a new frontman has never been confirmed -- and probably never will.
Asked by Australia's Faster Louder about the group's status, bassist Duff McKagan said, "I think it's at nowhere. I think everybody just kind of got sick of talking about it, because there's really no guy, so there's nothing that me or Slash or Matt (Sorum) or Dave (Kushner) could say that would change the course of this question. So there's nobody now. I think the longer that Slash is out touring, and that I'm out touring, people will stop asking as much. Maybe once it's settled down, we'll find the guy."
Velvet Revolver even held open auditions at one point, although McKagan told us at the time that the process was far from perfect: "There's no right or wrong way to do it. We just kind of did it. You know, we went through our management, and people started sending songs in through our publisher, through our management, and you hear some guys who are amazing singers, you hear some guys that you're curious as to why they think they're a singer, and you hear everything in between. And then you try to envision that guy singing our kind of rock music."
McKagan currently writes a weekly column for Seattle Weekly and recently published his first memoir, while also touring and recording with his band Loaded and other groups.
Slash has recorded two solo albums in the past three years and is on the road with his band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators.
Velvet Revolver did reunite with Scott Weiland for a four-song set last January at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O'Brien.