When Sebastian Bach Failed To Replace Scott Weiland In Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver was a hard rock supergroup formed in 2002 by Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum. Apart from the trio, Wasted Youth’s Dave Kushner and Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland were also among the band members. Although Velvet Revolver was pretty successful, they disbanded in 2008 after Weiland’s departure to rejoin Stone Temple Pilots.

Throughout their career, Velvet Revolver achieved commercial success with releases such as their debut album ‘Contraband’ or the single ‘Slither.’ However, the band ended up releasing two albums only before their disbandment. After Weiland left the band in 2008, the band went on an indefinite hiatus. On January 12, 2012, they performed together for the last time before Weiland’s death on December 3, 2015.

When Slash, McKagan, and Sorum decided to form Velvet Revolver, the trio started looking for a lead singer. They then began auditioning numerous vocalists, including Sebastian Bach and Scott Weiland. Weiland joined the band soon after recording some material with them. When he left Velvet Revolver, Sebastian Bach got another chance to audition but failed to replace Weiland. Let’s learn why Bach couldn’t make it in Velvet Revolver.

Slash Thought The Band Would Sound Like ‘Skid N’ Roses’ If Sebastian Bach Joined The Band

In 2008, Velvet Revolver’s search for a new singer concluded after they hired Scars on Broadway’s Franky Perez for a brief time. However, the band changed their mind and continued as a trio. At that time, they didn’t produce any material except making occasional appearances in venues. Velvet Revolver then permanently left the music scene after Weiland’s passing in 2015.

Speaking about the time he first auditioned for Velvet Revolver in an interview, Sebastian Bach argued that the band made a mistake by not picking him. As reported by Loudwire, Bach claimed that they relied on a heroin addict, implying Weiland. He then said if they had chosen him, they would still be making music. Bach stated he is a musician, not a junkie, and said he is working on new music while Velvet Revolver has no singer.

According to Loudwire, Sebastian Bach told SleazeRoxx.com that:

“They put their faith in a heroin addict. How did that work out for them?”

Listen, if they had picked me, we’d probably still be together right now. I’m a musician like them. I’m not a junkie and not into that kind of thing. So, they don’t have a singer, and I have a new album. Let’s rock!”

On the other hand, the reason Velvet Revolver didn’t recruit Bach seems to be different. During a Q&A session with Rolling Stone Australia in 2014, Slash talked about Sebastian Bach and what would happen if he joined Velvet Revolver. In the interview, he mentioned that Bach auditioned for Velvet Revolver before Weiland joined the band. Following that, Slash claimed if Bach had joined the band, they would have sounded like Skid N’ Roses.

Slash told Rolling Stone Australia that:

“Sebastian was before Scott. I love Sebastian, but, if you can imagine, it sounded sort of like Skid N’ Roses. It was cool, but you knew that everybody who heard it was gonna be like, ‘Oh, yeah, that makes sense.’ It was a little bit too predictable.

Below, you can watch the interview in which Slash talked about why they didn’t recruit Sebastian Bach.