Scott Weiland has responded to his former Velvet Revolver bandmates' claims that his 'increasingly erratic behaviour' was the contributing factor in his dismissal from the band. And he's recommended former Skid Row man Sebastian Bach as his ideal replacement!
In an e-mail sent to MTV News this morning, Weiland stated: "After reading the comment by Duff, Matt, Dave and the illustrious 'Guitar Hero,' Saul Hudson, a.k.a. Slash, I find it humorous that the so-called four 'founding members' of Velvet Revolver, better known to themselves as 'the Project' before I officially named the band, would decide to move on without me after I had already claimed the group dead in the water on March 20 in Glasgow."
Saucer of milk for Weiland!
The singer continues: "In response to Slash's comment regarding my commitment [to the band], I have to say it is a blatant and tired excuse to cover up the truth. The truth of the matter is that the band had not gotten along on multiple levels for some time. On a musical level, there were moments of joy, inspiration, fun ... at times. But let's not forget the multiple trips to rehab every member of the band had taken (with the exception of one member — no need to mention his name).
Er, no please mention his name because we're confused…
Weiland's not finished: "Personally speaking, I choose to look forward to the future and performing with a group of friends I have known my entire life, people who have always had my back. This also speaks to my commitment to my music and my fellow bandmates in [Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland's original band who he is rejoining for US Summer shows] and to the fans who I feel would much rather watch a group of musicians who enjoy being together as opposed to a handful of discontents who at one time used to call themselves a gang."
Weiland finished his rant by warning fans not to be "fooled by veiled trickery," and even wished Velvet Revolver his best, signing off with a – probably – sarcastic tip: "Good hunting, lads — I think Sebastian Bach would be a fantastic choice."
We don't actually think Bach would be half bad! Although as we recall he tried out for the band before and Slash said it sounded too much like 'Skid Roses'.
What's wrong with that?
So does anyone care about Velvet Revolver now? Has the band been tarnished for good by all this in-fighting? Did anyone actually think their second album Libertad was actually much cop? And is Scott Weiland just getting too bitchy for his boots?
Well, we hope Slash will come back brighter from this regardless.