Axl Rose "should join Velvet Revolver"
MusicRadar users have voted Axl Rose as the best recruit for the currently singer-less hard rock band Velvet Revolver.
This, of course, would essentially reform Guns N' Roses: Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum would all be in the band – the four core members that recorded Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I and II albums in 1991.
Over 2000 voters in the MusicRadar poll chose between four suggestions for the next frontman of Velvet Revolver and the results are as follows:
Chris Cornell (ex-Audioslave) 38%
Perry Farrell (ex-Jane's Addiction) 7%
Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen) 9%
Axl Rose (still clinging on to Guns N' Roses) 46%
Velvet Revolver have been without a singer since Scott Weiland left in April 2008, and a search for a replacement has been dogged by confusion. Spacehog's Royston Langdon and Lenny Kravitz have both been rumoured, incorrectly, to be joining and bassist McKagan has admitted the recruitment process is proving "tough".
With Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album (featuring only Axl Rose from the original line-up) still yet to be released after nearly 15 years of recording, it's clear that a lot of fans want both bands to cut their losses and reunite.
Have Guns N' Roses lost all credibility?
MusicRadar Editor Michael Leonard comments: "We didn't ask whether Guns N' Roses should reform the classic line-up, as most fans would most likely say yes. What's astonishing is that so many fans want Axl to actually join Velvet Revolver. Whether it would ever happen, I don't know, but maybe Velvet Revolver now have more credibility than Axl's 'who-the-hell-are-they?' version of Guns N' Roses.
"Whatever the band is called, the bottom line is fans want to see Axl Rose and Slash back together - before they're too old and it's too late."
Meanwhile, Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum exclusively told MusicRadar recently that he "is sure" a Guns N' Roses reunion will eventually happen.