Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver star Scott Weiland has spent the past four weeks behind bars following an arrest for methamphetamine possession. The rocker, who has battled drug issues for years, was picked up by police in Los Angeles late last month (Jul14) after he fled a Beverly Hills store with a bag of razors he didn't pay for.
Officers stopped him a block away and came across the meth as they searched him for other stolen items.
Weiland has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and burglary.
Cops tell TMZ.com he entered the drug store with the intent of stealing. Reports suggest he was carrying an "insulated" bag which prevents security censors from going off.
The rocker is still behind bars and bail has been set at $95,000 (GBP55,900).
Guns N' Roses spin-off supergroup Kings Of Chaos are swelling their ranks by recruiting Steven Tyler and Zz Top star Billy Gibbons for upcoming dates in South Africa. The part-time collective, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, has lined up two shows in Sun City and Cape Town in November and December (14), and the core trio is taking some big names.
The Kings of Chaos evolved out of the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars, an 11-piece outfit that included Gene Simmons and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.
The line-up for South Africa will also feature Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Extreme star Nuno Bettencourt.
Sorum, who was also a member of McKagan and Slash's supergroup Velvet Revolver, recently told Blabbermouth.net that the Kings of Chaos could easily become a priority for him, stating, "I'm at that stage of my career where I haven't really got the energy to go and try and create a band. I mean, how many bands do I have in my back pocket? I'd rather just get a bunch of great guys together that everybody knows and go and play a bunch of shows to 60,000 people.
"Even Velvet Revolver, it took us 18 months to build that up, and we were on the road, like, 20-year-old kids... I don't really want to go on the road for 18 months anymore, which will basically kill you, unless you're doing hard drugs and I don't do hard drugs anymore, and I don't drink anymore, and the rest of it's just kind of boring.
"I'd rather go and do great festivals and do two or three-week tours - go out and just have a blast and then go home and then think about the next thing."
Fired frontman Scott Weiland recently joked about auditioning for the his own vacant spot in Velvet Revolver, leading fans to think the band was active again after six years, but bassist McKagan recently shot down the rumours, insisting there were no immediate plans to restart to hunt for a new singer.
Rocker Duff Mckagan has dismissed reports sparked by former bandmate Scott Weiland suggesting supergroup Velvet Revolver are on the hunt for a new singer again. The band McKagan formed with Slash and Matt Sorum has been largely inactive since the trio fired Weiland in 2008, but he had fans hoping for a reunion recently when he joked about joining the "cattle call" for a new frontman.
However, bassist McKagan tells VH1 Radio Network there are no plans to revive his old band.
He explains, "That band was so good and really started with all the right intentions and we wrote a lot of material near the end of that band. We kind of got really free musically and so we've got all this material and it's a really talented band.
"When it's the right time to happen again, it'll happen. I'm not aware that we're auditioning right now and I think I would be aware."
But McKagan is sure that Weiland will not be returning to front the group, adding, "That played itself out. That was a chapter in life, you know, not a defining moment, just a chapter, and I wish that guy the best of luck and I hope he's OK."
Velvet Revolver reunited with Weiland briefly for a set at a tribute concert for late songwriter John O'Brien in early 2012.
"I heard they're auditioning new singers again. Maybe I should go to the cattle call." Rocker Scott Weiland jokes about auditioning for a role in Velvet Revolver, the supergroup he was kicked out of in 2008.
Rocker Tommy Stinson has confirmed reports suggesting Duff Mckagan will rejoin Guns N' Roses for shows in South America as his replacement. McKagan hinted at a reunion with singer Axl Rose in a tweet on Monday (31Mar14), but many thought it was just an early April Fools' Day (01Apr) prank.
Now, Guns N' Roses' current bassist has revealed the Velvet Revolver star really will be back onstage with his former frontman for five shows while Stinson takes time off to tour with his reunited band The Replacements.
He says, "I'm like, 'Thanks dude, for covering my a** on this one'."
Stinson will kick off the South American tour with two dates in Brazil this week (ends04Apr14) and McKagan will step in when Guns N' Roses play in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this weekend (06Apr14). Stinson will return to the line-up in May (14).
He tells Billboard.com, "I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate.
"I didn't want to f**k anyone up in Guns by saying, 'Hey, I can't do this tour,' or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It's Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl out.
"I don't know that Duff and Axl ever even had bad blood. I don't really know the whole story. But he came up and played with us a couple years back, and they got along great. Whatever their history is, they're certainly fine now."
McKagan says, "It's pretty great to play these songs again, and looking forward to playing some gigs with my pal again. South America is always a radical place for rock 'n' roll... and I'm honoured to be doing this thing, in that place."
The bassist was a member of Guns N' Roses from 1985-1993. He rejoined the group for a trio of tracks at a London show on 14 October, 2010 and again the following December, when his band Loaded opened for Rose's group in America.
McKagan was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band in 2012.
Alice Cooper has been hit by the charity supergig bug after kicking off 2014 in Hawaii onstage with Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar - he is reteaming with the former Van Halen frontman for another fundraiser. Cooper and Hagar will perform with former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Matt Sorum in Las Vegas this week (beg24Feb14) as part of the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit.
Money raised at the gig will benefit sufferers of the neurological disorder known as multiple system atrophy.
The all-star charity rock gig will also feature Vince Neil and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, while actor Bill Murray will serve as host alongside celebrity chef Kerry Simon, who was diagnosed with MSA last year (13).
Cooper and Hagar were joined by Tyler, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Weird Al Yankovic and actors Tom Arnold and Keith Carradine for New Year's Eve (31Dec13) Maui Food Bank benefit in Hawaii.
Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum's new supergroup is planning a star-studded benefit in Hollywood next month (Nov13). The group, Kings of Chaos, will perform with guitar great Steve Stevens, Corey Taylor, Glenn Hughes and actors Juliette Lewis and Gary Dourdan onstage at the Avalon Hollywood on 18 November (13) to raise money and awareness for conservationist Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, an international organisation dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
The concert, billed as Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin, will be the group's only North American performance in 2013.
Organiser O'Barry tells WENN, "We'll add a few Japanese friends to our line-up and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn't a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands."
Longtime O'Barry supporter Sorum adds, "I'm thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans. The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved."
Kings of Chaos made their Australian live debut in April (13) at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney and the group toured South and Central America last year (12) under the name Rock 'n' Roll Allstars.
The supergroup will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.
Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH and Matt Sorum are reteaming to perform together at a charity concert in Los Angeles this weekend (15Sep13). The rockers will hit the stage with singer Macy Gray at Sorum's Adopt the Arts benefit on Sunday.
Rocker Duff Mckagan was saddened by Scott Weiland's firing from Stone Temple Pilots, but insists he could "see it coming". Former Guns N' Roses star McKagan performed with the singer in Velvet Revolver before Weiland was sacked and made a return to his ex-band Stone Temple Pilots.
Weiland was kicked out of that group earlier this year (13) and replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and McKagan admits he was sorry to hear of his former colleague's new problems.
He tells Billboard.com, "You could kind of see it coming, I suppose. It's a sad situation any way you look at it. That guy... You hope (Weiland) pulls it together; I shared enough good times with that guy that I wish him nothing but the best."
Weiland is currently locked in a legal battle with his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates - they sued him for allegedly sabotaging their recent 20th anniversary tour with his bad behaviour, while he has filed a countersuit in a bid to stop them using the group's name without him in the line-up.
Former Guns N' Roses rockers SLASH and Duff Mckagan became the latest stars to join Stone Temple Pilots as they performed with new frontman Chester Bennington at a charity gig on Thursday night (30May13). Bennington was honoured by the MusiCares organisation at a special benefit show in Los Angeles on Thursday, and he showed off his latest collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots after recently stepping in to replace fired frontman Scott Weiland.
The group was joined by Slash and Duff McKagan for a performance at the city's Club Nokia venue, where Bennington was handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the organisation's MAP Fund, which gives musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.
Bennington says of the award, which was presented to him by his Linkin Park co-star Mike Shinoda, "It's an honour, it's a very cool thing. It feels good. It's nice to be recognised for something like this."
After the gig, Slash wrote in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Awesome time at Music Cares MAP Fund tonight. Jamming with STP band & (Chester Bennington) & (Duff McKagan) was a memorable moment for sure."
Weiland previously insisted he was "hurt" to hear Bennington had taken his place in Stone Temple Pilots, and the latest collaboration with Slash and McKagan will be a further blow for the singer, as he previously played with them both in Velvet Revolver.