Slash Reveals Why Playing With Scott Weiland ‘Was No Fun’

Photo: Rocco Guarino

Photo credit: Rocco Guarino

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash had some blunt words about his time playing with Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver in a new Rolling Stone interview.

Your mom dated David Bowie, and you guys developed an adult relationship. Did you get to say goodbye?

“No, not at all. A year or so before [his death], I was trying to get him into a horror movie I was working on [laughs]. And that was the last time I spoke to him. He was a very cool fuckin’ character. He’s somebody that you really could look up to. He was an icon that really deserved that moniker.”

You had a hard time with him, but how did you react to Scott Weiland’s death?

“As crazed as that whole period was, I was still shocked to hear about Scott. But yeah, Velvet Revolver was no fun. I have nothing positive to say about that experience except that we did write some cool stuff.”

This is the first time Slash has spoken about Weiland since his death from a drug overdose in December 2015. Slash and Velvet Revolver’s surviving members attended his funeral.

Former Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum posted a tribute to Weiland around the same time Rolling Stone published their Slash interview. He posted a video of Velvet Revolver covering “Patience” on Facebook, and simply wrote: “Found this lil gem online. Missing Scott Weiland.”