Scott Weiland Fans Unload On Axl Rose Singing Velvet Revolver: ‘Scott’s Spinning In His Grave’


Scott Weiland fans heavily criticized Axl Rose’s vocals on Guns N’ Roses’ debut of their cover of Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” in Berlin. Despite the criticism, many fans appreciated Axl’s gesture of singing the song, and think he can definitely improve future performances by singing in his “It’s So Easy” vocal style. Personally, we here at Alternative Nation think it’s cool that Axl decided to sing a Velvet Revolver song, and hope to hear more in the future.

Below is some feedback throughout the internet from fans.

Tim commented on Alternative Nation, “Damn. Axle tore that song up. Sounded horrible.”

Stephanie responded on Alternative Nation, “Agreed! Take him out and it was awesome lol.”

Reggie commented on Alternative Nation, “Let duff sing it. Axle range is no where near what scott could pull off.”

Blue posted on Below Empty, “I clicked the link thinking ‘How bad could it be?’

The answer is very, very bad.”

thecrowtv posted on Below Empty, “Yeah i love GNR but Myles Kennedy does a better job than Axl. I would love to hear Jeff tackle this one.”

Aaron posted on Below Empty, “That was really bizarre. Makes you really appreciate Scott’s talent considering Axl is just as accomplished of a singer (of course moreso in his prime) and he really does a poor job here.”

Caedo posted on MyGNRForum, “While it was executed poorly by Axl, I actually like the arrangement they have going on the chorus in Slither. If he can get some rasp going there I reckon it’ll sound great. On the verses he needs to stop stuffing around and just sing them like they’re meant to be sung though.”

fernomenoyde posted on MyGNRForum, “I’m always going to support this kind of things. Loved Slither, not the best version but i think Axl is going to make this song sound better for next show and so on. Just let the man be who he is!”

LA_0013 posted on MyGNRForum, “BTW – the version of Slither was pretty bizarre.

But Kudos to Axl for singing it. First, he didn’t have to. And second, he knew he was potentially setting himself up for a fall from the internet listeners, but chose to do it anyway.”

Ralphelmo posted on MyGNRForum, “He should keep singing with low register (It’s So Easy way), what he did was literally butchering the song.

Scott > Myles > Corey > Axl

I’m afraid.”

TheSeeker posted on MyGNRForum, “I almost want Slash and Duff to borrow STP’s new singer and do new Velvet Revolver stuff

GNR is lame now.”

MOVIEidol commented on YouTube:

“Been waiting for this. Wish he would have sang it lower but still amazing to see!!!”

Shobith Narayanan commented on YouTube, “Vocal disaster, but glad Axl finally sang it.”

jayofdajungle commented on YouTube, “A lot of people are missing the point. This is an awesome gesture to his bandmates and Scott, who he hated. The old Axl would never do this song, he’s shown a lot of growth as a person. As far as Axl’s vocal performance, it wasn’t flawless, but 1. He’s never sang it before live 2. The “It’s So Easy” voice WOULDN’T WORK unless they did it in another key. I thought it sounded fine. If this is going to be a staple of this tour, he’ll be nailing it after a few shows.”

Skywalker Hernon commented on YouTube, “I always believed ‘Slither’ was an Axl Rose type of song that he would kill it vocally. Apparently it didn’t sound so great. Axl sounded like he forgot or didn’t know the lyrics to the song. Hopefully with more practice and more rehearsals, he can master this song like everyone knows he can.”

Mr. Robert commented on YouTube, “Scott was fantastic, one of the best lead singers in history..this video is a proof.”

ForgottenSpace commented on YouTube, “Scott Weiland is spinning in his grave right now.”

TheZombie commented, “I have to give Axl credit for finally trying it live. It was on the early alternate setlist. I’m pretty sure he knew that we knew he wasn’t going to sound great. He just doesn’t have Scott’s voice. Half the people are going to love it and half are going to bitch about it. He’s not a big fan of criticism.

I think he could pull it off in the studio if he just treated it like a Guns N’ Roses song. Not that it will ever happen.
I’m happy to finally hear him give it a shot. It would have been cool to be there live.”

L Duke99 commented on YouTube, “You know whether you think it was good or bad, this shows a hell of a lot of character from Axl. He hated Scott Weiland and it’s good to see him put all that behind him.”

  • Stone Gossardish

    Wasn’t Slither always supposed to be a Guns song, they just never got close to doing it? This is a easy breeze by. It takes nothing away from STP. And for the 6 fans solely of VR, move on. Your band was over a long time before Scott’s last exit.

  • makingconnections

    So many of the musicians that Scott Weiland made music with seem stuck in the past: “Dude, you can’t, you know!” Yeah, we know. He acted like an arrogant asshole at certain times and most likely, even at his best, he was probably self-centered. Many artists are like that and then the growing health and problems with addiction–we’ve got it.

    I liked the way that Eric Kretz spoke of Scott in his recent interview. It’s becoming boring to hear the same whiny complains over and over from so many others. Even musicians should look toward the future, unless that time was the only time life made sense, working with someone as amazing as Scott Weiland.

  • Kay B

    It was terrible. When my cat went in heat before I had her fixed she sounded better.

  • Allison Auld

    Axl showed a lot of growth and maturity even singing it, considering how Scott insulted him so publicly in the past. So it didn’t sound the same. Guess what?? IT’S NOT GOING TO! The point is, he sang it and it got a lot of publicity. This could lead to a renewed interest in Velvet Revolver, which could financially benefit Scott’s children which is a good thing. So props to Axl and Viva Axl Rose and Guns N‘ Roses!!

    • makingconnections

      I know that quite a lot of really young people enjoy Guns N’ Roses; you’re probably right, Allison Auld, as always!

      • Allison Auld

        Thanks, sweetie!

    • Olga Stewart

      My husband would love this because he loves both Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver.

      • Allison Auld

        I love both too. “Contraband” is a great album. I must confess to loving Guns more though. I came of age at the height of their popularity so they will always have my heart. ❤️

  • Dave Wessell

    when Something sounds terrible, it sounds terrible no matter how big of a Fan of either GnR or Weiland. Just no..Go back to Paradise City where that will never sound good and always be shitty..

    • Allison Auld

      Oh, you rhymed “city” with “shitty”! How clever!! When does your world tour start??

      • Olga Stewart


  • Rob McDonald

    I think it was Nora Jones that done a tribute of black hole sun after Chris Cornell passed, it was different but she was saying goodbye her way, and it sounded good in an unusual way, this didn’t even sound good enough to be called a dogs breakfast, didn’t even try, just plain awful

  • makingconnections

    Look at the picture of Axl and Scott. No wonder the young people like Axl and Guns N’ Roses so much….he looks prepubescent! (doesn’t looks like a bondage sort!)

  • Michael Cunningham

    Scott could sing anything and make it stick
    From Slither to Perry Fucking Como
    He was that good ..

  • DanSwon

    It would have worked a lot better if Axl sang it an octave above.

  • Olga Stewart

    That wasn’ta good performance of the song.

    And for me, this song will always belong (vocally) to Scott.

  • dakotablue

    I always thought Axl was jealous of Scott and his spot in VR.