“We gave him the cold shoulder in the UK like nobody’s business. There were a couple of arguments around the stage, but other than that, nobody spoke to him. I imagine he was quite uncomfortable. No wonder he didn’t have a good time. Then he told everyone in Glasgow that the whole band was over. We were like, ‘Oh, well, I guess we’ve got a surprise coming for you, Scott.’” Oh, snap! Hey, making fun of Weiland is our job, Slash. You don’t see me shirtless, wearing a top hat and playing the theme from The Godfather in front of Matt Sorum’s drum kit. Yet. The new issue of Kerrang! features even more bon mots from the toxic hairball about Weiland’s “extradition” from Velvet Revolver.
[Scott] didn’t know that we were already planning on extraditing him. When we started touring the second record, it just felt like we were losing Scott as far as our connection went. During the tour with Alice In Chains [in August 2007], he was just out to lunch. When he came back, he was supposed to go to rehab, so we postponed our Austrailian tour but he didn’t really go to rehab. That was the final blow. We had a lot of commitments, like the tour in the UK, which we didn’t want to go back on, so we wanted to finish those before telling him.
…No, I never called him ["Junior Axl"]. There were a few similarities though. What became really irritating was that I had the same problem with Scott as I had when I toured with Axl. I just couldn’t get the guy onstage on time. That I can’t accept. I will not do it again. I will not be in a situation where a guy is making the audience wait half an hour or an hour or more. It’s criminal. I don’t know who someone thinks he is when tries to get away with that sort of thing.
Ultimate proof that Slash is still an utter fucking rock star? “We flew to Dubai together, I think, when we played recently. Well, I think I remember him being on the plane, anyway.”
I’m totally stealing that.