Scott Weiland Says He Has Reunited With Velvet Revolver, Slash Say's No Way
Slash reacted in shock yesterday when faced with Scott Weiland’s claims that he was back with Velvet Revolver.
The singer was sacked in 2008 following a series of problems linked to addiction issues. The band have since tried and failed to find a new front-man, and in the meantime Weiland returned to Stone Temple Pilots.
The group reformed for a one-off charity show in the spring, which guitarist Slash said “ wasn't a negative experience.”
But he was astonished when he was played a recording of Weiland saying he’d returned to the fold and was collaborating with rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner and bassist Duff McKagan.
The singer told ABC News Radio: “They gave me a couple of songs, and myself and Dave and Duff are going to be getting together for a songwriting session next week. Slash is going to do some touring then we’re going to do some shows in the later part of summer into early fall.”
He added: “ We've all grown a lot. We’re able to put egos and differences and old conflicts aside, so that’s really cool.”
Slash heard the comments during a live interview on Minnesota’s 93X radio station. He exclaimed: “He’s out of his mind!
“There’s been a common rumor going around. I know he’s been positive about that subject. Maybe they know something I don’t know. I have absolutely no intention of going back to that.”
The guitarist pointed out his year is more or less full with commitments related to his second solo record, Apocalyptic Love, saying: “I’m on tour all year. I’ll call Duff – but I seriously doubt it.”
And with a last reference to Weiland he said: “We have no intention of going backwards.”
Jimi Hendrix Movie Going Forward
Filming for the Jimi Hendrix biopic is going ahead despite protestations from the late guitarist’s estate, according to movie director John Ridley.
CMU reports today that Ridley will definitely begin filming his Hendrix movie in Ireland later this month, with Outkast rapper Andre 3000 (aka part-time actor Andre Benjamin) in the lead role.
Called All Is By My Side, it’s set in England in 1966 and tells the story behind the recording of Hendrix’s debut album Are You Experienced.
Last week the Hendrix estate said it was not involved in any biopic, adding that it would stop any unapproved project from using Jimi’s music, which it controls.
Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister and boss of Experience Hendrix LLC, issued the following statement:
“Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, and administrator of the music and publishing catalogue, has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”
But Ridley is forging ahead with his project, with the intention of deriving part of his original screenplay from archived live and interview footage of Hendrix.
It’s not clear whether the director has reached an agreement with Hendrix’s estate, or whether he intends to carry on without its permission.
Last week’s statement from Hendrix’s estate added: “The EH board have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future. Though producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions.”
Mustaine Sorry About Metallica and Megadeth Supergroup Speculation
Dave Mustaine has apologized to James Hetfield for suggesting plans were being made for a Metallica-Megadeth supergroup.
Last year Mustaine said he was hoping to record an album with his bassist Dave Ellefson alongside Hetfield and Lars Ulrich from the band that sacked him in 1983.
Classic Rock last week reported the Metallica front-man’s reaction to the Megadeth mainman’s comments: “I do see a lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us and making an album. All this other crazy stuff. I read it and say to myself, ‘Hold on. This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to forget about. You know, the big mouth that wants to just go-go-go.’”
Now Mustaine tells Artisan News: “I probably shouldn’t have said stuff like that. I guess some people may think I’m trying to use that as a way to get publicity. So I can see where there would be some feelings about it. That wasn't my intention.”
He’s texted Hetfield to make amends and vowed not to repeat any such comments. “I won’t ever mention it again,” Mustaine says. “I like James and I thought what he said was flattering, then it kind of went the opposite way, then it kind of came back again.
“I guess my whole thing was, I just wanted them to know that I loved them and I missed them, and I enjoyed playing with them. If that’s not mutual, then I understand. I still respect him and I still care about the guy.”
He adds: “If he doesn't like the idea of what I said, that’s okay. It wasn’t like I said it was going to happen – it was something that I kind of wished would happen. But since it doesn't seem like it’s going to happen, it’s off my bucket list.”
Mustaine and Hetfield ended their decades-long feud when the Big 4 of thrash played together in Belgium in 2010. During the show, broadcast to cinemas across the world, they hugged on stage to a round of applause from the audience.
Van Halen Add Even More Tour Dates
Following news that Van Halen have added five new dates to their current US tour, the band announced several more additions to the “A Different Kind Of Truth” trek on Monday.
Eight (8) more concerts are now on the schedule, including stops in Spokane, Portland, Albuquerque, El Paso, Austin, Oklahoma City, Moline and Milwaukee.
The new dates are a part of the second leg of the tour, which Van Halen announced last month. The full series of summer shows start July 7 in Uncasville, CT.
Tickets for some of the shows go on sale Monday, May 14 – check VH’s tour page for more details.
“A Different Kind Of Truth” currently sits at #86 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
New Van Halen 2012 Tour Dates (updated):
Aug 21 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA *
Aug 23 – Rose Garden – Portland, OR *
Aug 25 – Power Balance Pavilion - Sacramento, CA
Aug 28 – Save Mart Center - Fresno, CA
Aug 30 – Reno Events Center - Reno, NV
Sep 04 – Energy Solutions Center - Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 08 – Tingley Coliseum – Albuquerque, NM *
Sep 11 – UTEP Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX *
Sep 13 – Frank Irwin Center – Austin, TX *
Sep 15 – Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK *
Sep 17 – INTRUST Bank Arena - Wichita, KS
Sep 21 – Iwireless Center – Moline, IL *
Sep 25 – Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI *
Vixen Member Reunite Under New Name
Vixen Bandmates Reunite in VXN
Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci and Share Ross, three quarters of the classic lineup of ’80s hard rockers Vixen, have reunited in a new band called VXN.
Singer Gardner, drummer Petrucci and bassist Ross, along with guitarist Gina Stile (Vixen’s Tangerine album), will play at a number of festivals and showcase dates in 2012 to mark 25 years since the release of the first Vixen single, “Edge of a Broken Heart.”
The first confirmed engagement is as part of the Monsters of Rock Cruise on March 16-20, 2013, sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, bound for CoCoCay and Freeport, Bahamas.
“With hits like ‘Edge of a Broken Heart,’ ‘How Much Love,’ ‘Not a Minute Too Soon,’ ‘Love is a Killer’ and ‘Rev It Up’ emblazoned upon our souls, we knew it was time to resurrect our sound,” Ross says. “We want to give the fans what they want.”
“It was simply time to do this,” Gardner says. “The fans kept asking and we respect that.”
Meanwhile, Vixen continues under the leadership of original guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, along with vocalist Jenna Sanz-Agero, bassist Lynn Louise Lowrey and drummer Kat Kraft.
KISS Comic Book Series To Feature Limited Editions
New KISS comic book covers update
Back in April, IDW Publishing unveiled four covers of their new KISS comic book series.
The company is issuing “Dressed To Kill, part 1” as the first in a new series, set to be published on June 13.
Now, IDW has provided an update on the KISS feature as they reveal an additional two covers for the project.
In the above photo – from left to right - the top row features two regular covers available at most retailers and one limited cover available at select retailers; the bottom row shows a limited cover available at select retailers, while the black cover is exclusive to one retailer only, and the one on the right is the KissOnline.com exclusive.
According to IDW, the series is rooted in KISS fandom, featuring KISS characters like "Wicked" Lester, the Destroyer, She, the Elder, and more.
KISS will be written by Chris Ryall (Zombies vs Robots) with art by Jamal Igle (The Ray) and KISS #1-4 come with a special "solo album" covers by artist Michael Gaydos.
“I wanted to do KISS comics the way I remembered them as a kid,” Ryall told Comic Book Resources. “I wanted to do them like the old Marvel comics that Stan Lee worked on with John Buscema and then John Romita, Jr. They were just these teenage, young guys who got these talismans that powered them up. It was like a superhero comic concept, which I always dug.”
The series is the second KISS have been involved with recently; “Archie Meets Kiss” was released last year.
This summer, KISS hit the road July 20 for a tour with Motley Crue; shows are scheduled through to September 23.