Myles Kennedy Reveals How He Almost Replaced Scott Weiland


In a new interview with 90.3 WMSC FM, Myles Kennedy confirmed that he was approached a second time to front Velvet Revolver, after Scott Weiland was fired in 2008 and returned to Stone Temple Pilots. Kennedy had previously discussed the band reaching out to him in 2002 before Weiland was hired in 2003.

“Well, they’d reached out and asked if I’d be interested in auditioning,” Myles said. “So, long story short, I respectfully declined, but I was beyond honored that they thought of me. For whatever reason, it didn’t feel like it would work at that point. That was the right move, ’cause I think that when Scott Weiland got in the mix, I was, like, ‘Oh, yeah. That’s the guy.’ I really love that band, actually; I thought those records were really cool. I thought he had just kind of a dangerous vibe that suited what they were doing.”

“It’s interesting: there were two times [I was approached],” he said. “So, the first time, Slash reached out. He doesn’t even remember this, but in 2002 — I think it was the summer or fall of 2002, before Weiland was even in the mix — I remember my manager had called me at the time and he said, ‘You might be getting a call from somebody in this camp, because they’re looking for singers.’ But I was blown away when I picked up the phone and Slash was on the other end of the line. And then, about seven years later, after they had parted ways with Scott and Alter Bridge was on hiatus, they reached out. So, yeah, there were two times. But I never auditioned — it was just something that had been talked about and never came to fruition.”

  • Cunt Fuckula

    This is that Creed sound-alike guy the other members of Creed hooked up with after Scott Stapp went off the looney end, right?

    • IrregularJohn

      Pretty much. I wouldn’t say he’s Stapp soundalike but he definitely has no business butchering Axl’s and Weilands vocal parts.

      P.S. Still think the first Alter Bridge is the only record of theirs worth listening to.

      • Jaxson

        Axl’s butchering his own vocal parts nowadays. God, he sux.

        • IrregularJohn

          He’s old. But at his peak and even 2006 Axl was way better than Kennedy with his bleating goat voice.

  • HippieChic61

    Luv ya Myles, but the Universe gave us ONE irreplaceable, Scott Weiland!