Velvet Revolver using Web to find singer

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NEW YORK -- Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash said the band is creating a Web site to audition singers. The site will help Velvet Revolver replace Scott Weiland, whose April 1 dismissal from the band continued the public feud between the ex-frontman and his former bandmates.

"The band is actually talking about actually building a Web site (and) doing some auditions via that, so that's been something that's developing at this point," Slash said, noting that it should be happening "in the next month or so."

Slash adds that he doesn't yet have anyone in mind for Weiland's replacement. "We're at that point of just listening to different things. ... It's one of those kind of situations where you can't really explain it to anybody because you'll know it when you hear it. So I'm waiting to get that feeling of, 'Yeah that's it.' "

In the meantime, Slash said Velvet Revolver has an upcoming gig in Las Vegas, which was booked before Weiland's departure, that will feature friends of the band taking turns at the microphone.

"I'm not gonna name any names, but a bunch of well-known people will get up and sing some songs, and then also bring up a couple people that we think are pretty good and might sing a couple songs," he said. "So it'd just be for fun."

As previously reported, former Velvet Revolver frontman Weiland will spend his summer on an extensive North American tour with the recently reunited Stone Temple Pilots.
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