During a recent interview with Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast (Facebook page),former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland was asked why he was fired from VELVET REVOLVER in 2008 after making only two albums with the group.
"I don't know," Weiland responded (hear audio below). "There were a lot of egos in the band, including mine. Everybody was, basically, a star, a celebrity. To make a group like that work — like a supergroup-type thing — and to make it last for… I'm surprised we were together for, actually, seven years. I wish we would have had another album under our belts. But… it just… It was great, great, great while it was great, and it was difficult when it was difficult. But I don't regret any of it. It was cool."
Weiland joined VELVET REVOLVER, which featured ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum plus guitarist Dave Kushner, after he left STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. They recorded two albums > — 2004's "Contraband" and 2007's "Libertad" — before the band kicked him out for his continuing drug addiction issues.
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 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.