Velvet Revolver -- the hard rock band comprised of original and second-wave Guns N' Roses members -- denied earlier today that they've hired Canadian singer Gord Prior to replace original singer/douchebag Scott Weiland, who left the group last year. There have been rumors that Prior's the new vocalist, triggered by a video of him singing to VR tracks on Youtube.

This is good news to us, as we've heard from very reliable sources that a Detroiter may actually be Velvet Revolver's new vocalist; at least he's a very strong candidate. The band began auditioning vocalists to replace Weiland shortly after the New Year, and we've heard that the choice is now down to two or three candidates, the said Detroiter definitely among them. Bassist (and my former Hollywood neighbor} Duff McKagan said in early February that he, Slash and crew were just a few weeks away from naming a new singer...so we imagine the announcement should be coming any day now.

We're not going to name the vocalist so as not to jinx things or to embarrass him if things don't pan out. But here's a hint: He did recently perform at Blowout 12...but, no, he didn't sing. Good luck, dude. We've got our fingers crossed!

Again, the video below does not feature Velvet Revolver's new vocalist...at least not as of today:


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