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Although the band has not been active since 2008, ever since firing him, singer Scott Weiland is ready for a Velvet Revolver reunion. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Weiland explained, "I think it's the perfect time for Velvet Revolver to get back together. Slash has done some great things, and I look forward to the opportunity to seeing him on my left and seeing Duff McKagan -- who, in my opinion, is without a doubt one of the greatest rock 'n' roll and punk rock bass players of all time . . . And with Matt (Sorum) and Dave (Kushner) as well, who are just incredible musicians. I think that's exciting to look forward to."
Although there was some words exchanged in the press at the time that Weiland was let go, Slash told us a while back that the band harbored no ill will toward Weiland: "No, you can't really get pissed off at Scott because, you know, we knew what we were getting into going into it and, you know, he managed to do pretty well for a while there. But then he turned around and it was aggravating and frustrating and all those negatives, but at the same time, you can't sit there and be surprised. And it was a pretty good run with him, for a minute."
Velvet Revolver did reunite with Weiland for a four-song set last January at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O'Brien, but Slash later said in a radio interview that he had "no intention" of going back to that lineup.
Velvet Revolver has theoretically been looking for a replacement for Weiland ever since his dismissal, and came close to working with Stone Sour's Corey Taylor in late 2010.
But McKagan said this past September, "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."
Slash has been on the road for the past two years behind two successful solo albums, while McKagan has worked with his band Loaded.
Nevertheless, Weiland seems to think a reunion could happen, saying, "I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it."
Weiland launched a five-date solo tour on Sunday night (November 25th) in Glenside, Pennsylvania.