Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland may be permanently barred from ever returning to STP again, but apparently he still thinks that a reunion with the latter group is still possible. Weiland told the Toronto Sun on Friday (July 18): "There's always a chance for things. I've said 'never' before and I've proved myself wrong. And, I mean, I talk to some guys from VELVET REVOLVER on and off and we talk about doing certain things like whenever's there an opportunity where we all have time to do something. Like not maybe long term but in the short term. That'd be cool. I'd be down with that. ... But it does come down to schedules. Like right now all my time goes into [my new solo] band, into THE WILDABOUTS. And it's fun."
VELVET REVOLVER has been without a vocalist and pretty much inactive in the six years since they dismissed Weiland.
Guitarist Slash, who is about to release his third solo album, has been opposed to working with Weiland again.
Slash seemed to ease off just a little in a new interview with the Toronto Sun, saying, "I can see Scott coming back, but I can't see anybody accepting him… It's not a big deal and I don't want to badmouth Scott or anything. The whole thing is we're looking for another guy to replace him. It just hasn't happened. It's dormant, but there's activity under the radar."
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he's never felt pressure to find a new singer just for the sake of it. "Everybody asks the same question: 'Where are you with that?'" he said. "It's really, we're nowhere until we can find somebody who can do that job. Very quietly I've had my ears to the pavement, trying to see if there's anybody that fits that bill, and it's got to be somebody really good, 'cause I don't want to rush into it out of desperation. I want to wait 'til I get the right person."
All the members of VELVET REVOLVER insist that the band is not dead, and the four instrumental players have periodically held quiet auditions for a new frontman.
VELVET REVOLVER released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004's "Contraband" and 2007's "Libertad" — before dismissing Scott Weiland in April 2008.
VELVET REVOLVER reunited with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2012 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O'Brien, but the band has otherwise remained inactive.
At one point it was reported that VELVET REVOLVER was going to team with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Slash. The group and Taylor recorded demos of 10 songs together.