During a recent appearance on 90.3 WMSC FM, singer Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash, solo) confirmed he was asked to audition for Velvet Revolver before Scott Weiland got the gig.
The musician explained:
“They’d reached out and asked if I’d be interested in auditioning. Long story short, I respectfully declined, but I was beyond honored that they thought of me.
“For whatever reason, it didn’t feel like it would work at that point. That was the right move, ’cause I think that when Scott Weiland got in the mix, I was like, ‘Oh, yeah. That’s the guy.’
“I really love that band, actually; I thought those records were really cool. I thought he had just kind of a dangerous vibe that suited what they were doing.”
Focusing on the second time he had the chance to audition for VR, Myles said:
“It’s interesting: there were two times. So, the first time, Slash reached out.
“He doesn’t even remember this, but in 2002 – I think it was the summer or fall of 2002, before Weiland was even in the mix – I remember my manager had called me at the time and he said, ‘You might be getting a call from somebody in this camp, because they’re looking for singers.’
“But I was blown away when I picked up the phone and Slash was on the other end of the line.
“And then, about seven years later, after they had parted ways with Scott and Alter Bridge was on hiatus, they reached out. So, yeah, there were two times. But I never auditioned – it was just something that had been talked about and never came to fruition.”