Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum Says Band Are Auditioning Ours Singer; Says Guns N' Roses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Will be a "Train Wreck"
Drummer Matt Sorum has revealed that Velvet Revolver are currently auditioning Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco. The group—which also features fellow ex–Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan, along with Dave Kushner—have been without a singer since the departure of Scott Weiland in 2008. In an interview with Australia's The Vine, Sorum had this to say about Velvet Revolver's current situation.
"Yeah, they’re at home trying out a guy right now. Their sitting in a room looking at a singer named Jimmy Gnecco. So we’ll see how that goes, and 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."
The band should already have a clue as to what Gnecco can offer the band, after the singer joined the four Velvet Revolver members onstage for three songs during the Road to Recovery Benefit Concert in New York City in September. You can watch fan-filmed videos of two of the songs below.
In the same interview Sorum also commented on Guns N' Roses' nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, and the possibility of the former members reforming for a night.
"It’s going to be as big of a train wreck as the Sex Pistols, Blondie, or any of those other bands," he said. "That’s my prediction. Or Van Halen, which I don’t know if you saw that, but we [Velvet Revolver] were involved in that. Train wreck; it was a complete train wreck. But maybe it won’t; maybe it will be a miracle; I hope for that and put out the positive vibrations. But it’s coming up pretty quickly–that’s in March, so we’ll see."