As the U.S. economy continues to struggle and unemployment rates steadily climb, there's one job in America that nobody seems to want: being the lead singer of Velvet Revolver. For the umpteenth time since Scott Weiland was booted from the band of Guns n' Roses expatriates, guitarist Slash revealed over on his Twitter that Velvet Revolver is once again auditioning vocalists with the hope of finally filling their vacant microphone stand. "VR is auditioning singers this week. Promises to be very interesting," Slash wrote ominously.
We thought VR were done when Duff McKagan started playing with another band, but the bassist quickly parted ways with Jane's Addiction and now here we are, yet again. Unfortunately, this news also likely means that McKagan's one-off performance with Guns N' Roses will probably remain one-off, given Rose's hatred of all things associated with Slash.
After forming in 2002, it took a year's worth of auditions and an unsuccessful VH1 documentary before Velvet Revolver recruited Weiland. The Stone Temple Pilots singer's penchant for hard living eventually led to his early exit; VR probably had enough of that type of behavior during the reign of Axl Rose. For as long as it took the band to bring Weiland on board, it's taken three times as long to replace him.
Rumors that Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy, who appeared on Slash's all-star solo record and is currently unemployed because his Alter bandmates reformed Creed, is the frontrunner to join VR have so far been denied. Our prediction for the next Velvet Revolver singer: Fergie. When we interviewed Slash earlier this year, he revealed that Fergie, who also guests on Slash's solo disc, has aspirations of being a rock singer, and that she could, quote, "wail." He also said that she'd put those rocker dreams in action once the Black Eyed Peas wrap up promoting and touring their new album "The Beginning." Would Slash be willing to wait for Fergie's itinerary to clear up before hiring the next Velvet Revolver singer? They've waited this long, what's another few months or years.
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