Slash Reveals Why Velvet Revolver Split Wasn’t Just Scott Weiland’s Fault

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Photo: Rocco Guarino

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In a new The Australian interview, Slash said that Scott Weiland wasn’t the only person responsible for Velvet Revolver falling apart in 2008, stating that he himself was to blame as well, citing ‘chemical issues’ they both fought.

Slash cites Rose’s constant lateness as his own reason for leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1996, after which he formed Slash’s Snakepit (he’s a big snake fan) and then Velvet Revolver, leaving Rose as the sole founder member. Velvet Revolver fell apart in 2008, with Slash citing his own and singer Scott Weiland’s “chemical issues” for the dissolution. He had a defibrillator fitted to correct a heart condition resulting from his years of excess and, by the time he formed Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators in 2010 he was clean. That helped to pave the way for the Guns N’ Roses reunion few thought could ever happen.

Slash relapsed on drugs in 2006, which was a reason for the delay in recording Velvet Revolver’s second album Libertad. Scott Weiland relapsed on drugs and alcohol in 2007, and he was fired from the band shortly after a rehab stint and announcing a Stone Temple Pilots reunion in April 2008. Weiland and Velvet Revolver reunited for a one-off performance in January 2012. Weiland died from an accidental drug overdose in December 2015.