The Pulse of Radio reports: An unconfirmed item at Idolator.com suggests that VELVET REVOLVER may be in talks with an unnamed Australian singer to replace vocalist Scott Weiland, who was dismissed from the band two months ago. The anonymous source wrote, "I have some new information coming from fans/family close to the hard rock Australian band ROSE TATTOO... that Duff (McKagan, VELVET REVOLVER bassist) has been in communications with an Australian singer currently living in the USA. This guy can apparently sing up a storm and of course is a bloody Aussie, so that in itself along with the great voice will be a good choice for the band from all marketing angles."
The writer mentions that McKagan and VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash are "huge" fans of ROSE TATTOO, but does not suggest that ROSE TATTOO frontman Angry Anderson is the singer mentioned.
Drummer Matt Sorum told The Pulse of Radio last month at a Los Angeles benefit that VELVET REVOLVER was auditioning new singers via email. "It's going through, like, different phases, you know," he said. "It goes to these guys, they listen to it, 'Oh, he's pretty good, okay, listen to that,' that kind of thing. And then we're sending back tracks that we've recorded, and then they're singing on them and sending them back. And then now with the beauty of Internet, is you can send an mp3, open up your email and listen to it, and just go, 'Oh. No.'"
Sorum also recently said that the band had rejected offers to find a new singer through a "Rock Star"-like reality show. He said, "As many years as we've tried to keep our integrity intact, we felt that wasn't the right forum for us to do it."