Weiland Responds To Velvet Revolver Firing

That was a pun, but also, it’s true. Maybe you’ve had enough Velvet Revolver for the time being, but since we’ve followed the soap opera this far, we can’t leave you with a cliff hanger. Responding to being axed by the remaining Revolvers, Weiland’s one-upped ‘em in the bitchy prose department with a statement he sent to MTV via email sometime today. We all knew he’d issue one of these before he got down to writing new STP songs…

Via MTV:

“After reading the comment by Duff, Matt, Dave and the illustrious ‘Guitar Hero,’ Saul Hudson, a.k.a. Slash, I find it humorous that the so-called four ‘founding members’ of Velvet Revolver, better known to themselves as ‘the Project’ before I officially named the band, would decide to move on without me after I had already claimed the group dead in the water on March 20 in Glasgow … In response to Slash’s comment regarding my commitment [to the band], I have to say it is a blatant and tired excuse to cover up the truth. The truth of the matter is that the band had not gotten along on multiple levels for some time. On a musical level, there were moments of joy, inspiration, fun … at times. But let’s not forget the multiple trips to rehab every member of the band had taken (with the exception of one member — no need to mention his name).”

“Personally speaking, I choose to look forward to the future and performing with a group of friends I have known my entire life, people who have always had my back … This also speaks to my commitment to my music and my fellow bandmates in [Stone Temple Pilots] and to the fans who I feel would much rather watch a group of musicians who enjoy being together as opposed to a handful of discontents who at one time used to call themselves a gang.”

In conclusion, Weiland warned fans not to be “fooled by veiled trickery,” and even wished Velvet Revolver his best. “Good hunting, lads — I think Sebastian Bach would be a fantastic choice.” Former Skid Row singer Bach, who has also performed on Broadway and been a regular on VH1 in recent years, was in the running to be Velvet Revolver’s lead singer in its early days.

Ouch, a Guitar Hero dis! This is the most fun we’ve had via MTV since Weiland’s other band were in their prime. Let it never be said the man can’t write a post-worthy letter.