DUFF MCKAGAN: ‘WE LOST WEILAND TO THE OTHER SIDE’:
April 8, 2009
Rocker Duff McKagan and his Velvet Revolver band mates kicked frontman Scott Weiland out of the group when it became clear he couldn’t stay away from alcohol and drugs.
The band fired the wild singer a year ago and have been hunting for his replacement ever since, but McKagan, who helped Weiland initially clean up his act by taking him off to a karate retreat, insists the decision to get rid of the star was the right one.
The bass player says, “There is a part of him (Weiland) that I became friends with… He’s a really good guy and funny. I know that guy is there somewhere. It just got lost again. We tried to pull Scott back, but we couldn’t. When he’s into that other side, it’s not cool. It’s not friendly. You try to help, but then after a while you realize you can’t.”