Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland recently told Classic Rock Magazine that he is on good terms with his former Velvet Revolver bandmates and wouldn’t rule out doing “some shows” in the future. Hopefully this never happens as no matter what anybody says, it would hurt STP big time. Velvet Revolver reuniting would equal a longer break between STP albums and tension between the members. I think supergroups like Velvet Revolver and Audioslave should be left in the past, everybody is back where they belong now.
I honestly don’t see a full on Velvet Revolver reunion happening because there really isn’t much money to be made with a Velvet Revolver reunion, and money would be the sole motivation behind it. Scott even mentioned in his book that Velvet Revolver wasn’t really “music from my soul” like STP is. Velvet Revolver never headlined any big festivals when they were active, and with only one big hit album under their belt and maybe 3 hit singles, I can’t imagine them getting any big festival headlining gigs which bring in the big bucks because there’s not enough nostalgia to play off of. Also after the initial reunion shows they’d probably end up playing venues slightly smaller than STP are now, so ultimately Scott would be making less money with Velvet Revolver. The DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz have also showed that they will stick by Scott at this point, with all his rehabs and meltdowns over the years (including last fall), they continue to work with him. The Velvet Revolver guys kicked Scott to the curb during his first and only relapse with the band in 2008. Anyways, here’s part of the article:
In a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, Weiland reflected somewhat wistfully on his time in Velvet Revolver, which paired him with former principal members of Guns N’ Roses, saying, “That was a magical thing, too. That was right when I was getting off dope and those guys were all sober and clean, and I had a very special kind of kinship because we’d all experienced the same things.”
Weiland intimated that there was a fraternal camaraderie in the band: “It felt like us against the world: ‘We’re gonna play just pure rock ‘n’ roll.’ And I think we did a really good job of it. It was a great band to see live, and I think we made two exciting albums.”
So it’s great to see that after the expected nastiness that follows a breakup, the musicians are all friends again, even staying in contact thanks to technology. Weiland admitted, “We patched things up and we get along. I see them every now and again, we text each other.”
He also offered up a little sliver of hope to diehard VR fans, saying, “And you know, we can never say never. Who knows, maybe we’ll do some shows some time.”