SCOTT WEILAND Says He Was Pushed To Change Lyrics To First VELVET REVOLVER Single

VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) has elaborated on an online posting in which he complained about being censored while making the group's debut album, "Contraband". Weiland told Launch Radio Networks that it was one of the roughest things he's gone through as a recording artist: "In 10 or 11 active years with STP, I have not seen, or been censored, or filtered half as much as I have been in the last three months of setting up this album. That's by corporations that are distributing and selling my record, that's by massive media corporations that play videos — that's everywhere."

According to Weiland, he was pushed to change the lyrics to the first VELVET REVOLVER single, which is called "Slither". "You know, I was told when I was editing our video that I couldn't say 'smells like poppies' in 'Slither' because it was a drug reference. 'Smells like poppies'? Poppies are a flower! But they said it was a drug reference, so I said, 'All right, I'll change the lyrics. I'll change it to 'Smells like Nazis.'"

VELVET REVOLVER, which also includes former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, will release their debut album, "Contraband", on June 8. The band kick off their first tour on May 13 in St. Louis.

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