Velvet Revolver Auditions Ours Lead Singer Jimmy Gnecco
The long awaited return of Velvet Revolver may be approaching come 2012!
The band’s drummer, Matt Sorum (also affiliated with Guns N’ Roses and the Cult), recently opened up about the current state of the supergroup that also includes GNR’s Slash and Duff McKagan alongside Dave Kushner formerly of punk band Wasted Youth.
Velvet Revolver is turning to Jimmy Gnecco of Ours, who happened to sing lead vocals on three tunes during the Road Recovery benefit concert in New York City back in September: ‘Slither’ by Velvet Revolver, ‘It’s So Easy’ by Guns N’ Roses and ‘Hey Joe’ by Jimi Hendrix.
“So we’ll see how that goes,” Sorum told the Vine of the auditioning of Gnecco. “Then we’ve got a couple of other ideas. It looks like Slash is going to make another album, but I’m not sure about his touring and stuff yet. So we’ll see how that goes. But we’re all open to it and interested in trying to do something together.”
As far as their other project, Guns N’ Roses, Sorum says that is something that will be determined in the future.
“I just don’t have an answer,” he says of the possible reunion. “That’s the thing: I’m not the guy. I wish I knew, but I’d be the last guy to hear about it, probably. You’d know about it before I would. My grandmother would call me to let me know. [laughs] I’d be a rich man if for every time I got asked that question I got handed a dollar bill. I’d be a wealthy, wealthy man.”
In the meantime, Sorum has his hands in plenty of other projects to occupy his time, including his involvement with Diamond Baby, Darling Stilettos and various other production work.
“I just love creating music,” Sorum says. “When I left Guns N’ Roses, I thought I was starting to lose my soul. Why did I get into this business in the first place? Because I love music, and I want to make some music. I don’t want to sit around and get caught up in a bunch of drama. If I’m going to feel uncomfortable and spiritually not well, what’s the point? It’s like, ‘Let’s make some music, man.’
“One thing I do care about is the fans. And the one thing I learned later on in life is that a lot of people got a lot of joy from that. So if that’s the only reason to do it, I think that’s a great reason. If everyone could just put all their differences aside. But if that time will ever come, I’m not sure. I’m cool with whatever.”