Velvet Revolver May Decide Next Week On New Lead Singer

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(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Velvet Revolver have been inching towards choosing a new lead singer, and now we hear they’ve finished demo recordings with a prospective frontman. Velvet Revolver have been on indefinite hiatus since April 2008 when singer Scott Weiland left the band to rejoin Stone Temple Pilots. Bassist Duff McKagan says “It’s gotta be better than it was; it’s gotta be as good, at least. And for us, it’s gotta be better. And Scott is an amazing vocalist and frontman, so it’s gotta be as good or better than that. We can’t [step down a notch].”

Blabbermouth.net reports drummer Matt Sorum says Velvet Revolver is  getting close to choosing a replacement singer.  In an interview on VH-1 Sorum says “We got a guy that we like but we haven’t sat around a table and said to each other, ‘Okay, let’s shake hands and do this.’ Hopefully we’ll be able to… I mean, I know this has been going on for a while but the reality of it is  Slash has been on the road [promoting his solo album] for the last year. We only started rehearsing last week after a year off and we’re going to rehearse again in January with this particular person.”

Sorum reveals the rehearsals went very well, tweeting “Did 4 days with an amazing singer and VR and have 9 killer demo tracks. Going to make the decision one way or another this week.” So if Velvet Revolver decide to keep the prospective new singer, they’ve already got a great head start on a new album. It sounds like the band would like to make their choice before the end of the year, with Sorum telling VH-1 “We’re gonna sit down and decide if he’s the guy and then at that point, we’ll make a record and go out on the road and tour again.We alll know that we want to make the right record and the right decisions and if it takes another year or two, it probably won’t happen, but I feel very confident it’s probably going to happen in 2011.”

Here’s a look at the Scott Weiland era VR:

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