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Exclusive: Velvet Revolver's Slash Talks Weiland Split, Search for New Singer

April 3, 2008 6:13 PM ET

Rolling Stone spoke exclusively with Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash today regarding the band's decision to split with frontman Scott Weiland. "Everybody's just very relieved," Slash tells RS. "This is something that's been coming down for a while. I know everybody is tying the STP [reunion tour] thing to it, but it started way before that. We just had a lot of commitments to fulfill, so we just had to drag this thing out until the obligations were finished. Basically, we're just excited about finding someone else and moving on."

As far as the search for a new frontman goes, Slash says, "There's some people, but it's really premature to start naming names. We actually worked with a guy, I won't mention his name, before we left to go to the U.K. and there just wasn't enough time to break him in, so we're gonna work with him again some more, and maybe some other guys as well." As for Weiland's recommendation that the band hire former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach, Slash is unamused. "I thought [Weiland] could be a little bit more imaginative. I'm not sure if that was meant to be a pot shot or what. Whatever, it's not worth any real drama."

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