Guns N’ Roses’ Slash Devastated By Bandmate Death

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Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash revealed how he is still heartbroken by the death of Velvet Revolver bandmate Scott Weiland, who died in December 2015, in a new tribute post on social media to celebrate what would have been his 52nd birthday. Gavin Rossdale reacted to a heartbreaking Scott Weiland photo on Sunday.

Former Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum wrote, “Scott thank you for everything you brought to the planet. We did great things together. You touched so many with your artistry and you are missed. I always think how things could have been different but the music and memories remind me that it was lightning in a bottle. You gave it all and then It was your time to rest. Happy Birthday Scott #rip #happybirthdayscott #velvetrevolver #stp.”

Guns N’ Roses started performing “Slither” in honor of Scott Weiland last year on tour, and it has become a tour staple. Despite Axl Rose and Scott Weiland’s feud in the mid-2000’s, Weiland told me it was water under the bridge before his death, and talked about his Guns N’ Roses fandom over the years, and he definitely would have loved to hear Axl sing one of his songs live.

Velvet Revolver formed in 2002, with Scott Weiland being hired in 2003. They released Contraband in 2004 and Libertad in 2007 before Weiland was fired when he reunited with Stone Temple Pilots in 2008. Velvet Revolver played a one off reunion show in January 2012. Slash and Guns N’ Roses abandoned a “November Rain” performance last week.

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