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Slash Reveals That Velvet Revolver Is Playing Again

After a long hiatus, the band is 'jamming' and testing out new singers

October 12, 2010 5:23 PM ET

Two-and-a-half years after Velvet Revolver split with singer Scott Weiland, members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner are back in the studio and testing out new singers. In August 2009, Slash said that Velvet Revolver was searching for a new singer, but he wound up focusing on his own solo disc, while McKagan briefly joined Jane's Addiction. Now, according to a MySpace update from Slash, Velvet Revolver has reunited.

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"VR is back together jamming, trying out singers. No updates yet. But it's great to hook up with Duff, Matt & Dave after all this time," Slash wrote. "I'll keep you posted on any interesting developments from those sessions as they happen. The creative juices are definitely flowing. I'm positive something awesome is going to surface soon." Slash's update confirmed what Sorum wrote on his Twitter last month: "Velvet Revolver Jamming in the studio beginning of Oct. Tryin 2 singers. Excited bout that." Prior to the band's hiatus, Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy and Spacehog vocalist Royston Langdon were among those rumored to fill Weiland's spot.

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