While Axl Rose was busy goofing around with hired hands like Buckethead and fiddling with “Chinese Democracy” for the better part of a decade, three of his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates moved on to form a new hard rock powerhouse, Velvet Revolver, with former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland on vocals. The band’s debut album, Contraband, went double platinum and hit No. 1 on Billboard on the strength of singles “Slither” and the GNR-esque “Fall to Pieces.” But the band’s follow-up, Libertad, was a commercial flop, despite positive reviews. Following a sticky breakup with Weiland in 2008, the band auditioned a series of singers, including Sebastian Bach, Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Shooter Jennings. While the band “can neither confirm nor deny” the rumors, several sources have indicated that Velvet Revolver’s next album will be recorded with Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor. —Jeff Royer
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