It’s been about four years since Scott Weiland abruptly left Velvet Revolver. And since then, Slash and his fellow ex-Guns N’ Roses members have yet to find a replacement (despite coming close with Corey Taylor and Jimmy Gnneco). So when the Stone Temple Pilot singer rejoined his former VR mates onstage for a benefit show, rumors started to spread about his return. Well now it appears that Weiland has indeed rejoined Velvet Revolver…depending on who you ask.

In an interview with ABC News Radio, Weiland claims to be back in Velvet Revolver, saying:

“We’ve all grown a lot. We’re able to put egos and differences and old…conflicts aside and so that’s really cool… “They gave me a couple of songs and myself and [guitarist] Dave [Kushner] and [bassist] Duff [McKagan] are gonna be getting together for a song writing session next week… Slash’s solo album gets released [on May 22] and so he’s gonna do some touring on that and then we’re gonna go and do some [Velvet Revolver] shows in the later part of summer into early fall.”

Though he admitted recently that he’d consider rejoining Velvet Revolver, the news of Weiland’s return does comes as a shock…especially to Slash. In fact, the guitarist even denied that Weiland has rejoined the group this morning during an interview with Minnesota radio station 93X’s “Half-Assed Morning Show.” While you can listen to audio of the interview at Blabbermouth, Slash said that it isn’t true and that “We have no intention of going backwards.” Although he did jokingly admit that maybe Duff knows something he doesn’t.

So what’s actually going on? Is Weiland back in Velvet Revolver or not? Granted, you can’t blame Slash or VR to want to reunite with Weiland after such a public split. However, it’s not like they’ve been successful at finding a new guy. Either way, we have a good feeling that this isn’t the last we’ve heard about this.

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