Velvet Revolver seek to appoint ‘unknown’ Irish frontman
A rumour has reached Classic Rock that the singer Velvet Revolver are seeking to recruit to replace Scott Weiland is Irishman Phil Conalane from Million Dollar Reload.
Conalane was apparently recommended to Velvet Revolver by ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, and also by Stone Gods, the band formed from the ashes of The Darkness.
Stone Gods reportedly tried to recruit Conalane themselves when Justin Hawkins left The Darkness.
Classic Rock’s source, who claims to be in contact with an insider at Velvet Revolver’s management, tells us:
“Though a surprising choice, Phil is experienced but relatively unknown on the international stage, which would fit Velvet Revolver’s bill of fresh blood as they try to rebuild their career following the disappointing sales of their last album, Libertad, and the GN’R return that has left them reeling.
“Phil is also well known as a good songwriter, something that scuppered Velvet Revolver’s plans when previously they tried to bring in the less-than-prolific Josh Todd of Buckcherry.
“At the recent Classic Rock Awards in London, Slash was seen talking to Phil’s record company representative for quite a while.”
Of course, we realise this might just be a crafty publicity stunt by Million Dollar Reload. More on this news as soon as we have it…
Meanwhile, you can check out Conalane’s vocals on Million Dollar Reload’s MySpace site here.
Tags: Buckcherry, Guns N' Roses, Josh Todd, Justin Hawkwins, Million Dollar Reload, Phil Conalane, Scott Weiland, Steven Adler, Stone Gods, The Darkness, Velvet Revolver