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Velvet Revolver to Launch Web Site to Recruit New Singer

April 21, 2008 10:30 AM ET

If Axl Rose wants back with his old Gn'R band mates, he's going to have to do it the old-fashioned way: by auditioning over the Internet. Slash of the currently singer-less Velvet Revolver told Billboard that the band plans on setting up a Web site where potential vocalists will post video of themselves in hopes of swaying VR. "The band is actually talking about building a Web site [and] doing some auditions via that, so that's been something that's developing at this point," Slash said of the site, which should be up "in the next month or so." It's like when Journey recruited a singer on YouTube, or Rock Star: Supernova without the television. Contrary to what Slash told RS last month, the guitarist said the band has no one specific in mind to fill the vacancy left by Scott Weiland's departure. Velvet Revolver does have an upcoming gig in Las Vegas — a concert booked before Weiland's exile — and will feature special guests taking turns at the microphone. No word whether Sebastian Bach has been invited.

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