Would Ian be interested? What do you think? Slash sent up a couple of tracks for Ian to sing on. That went well, so he flew down to LA to give a formal audition.
That went well, too—except for one thing. Ian also wanted assurances that he’d still be able to play guitar. Deal-breaker. There were already two guitar players in Velvet Revolver, one of whom was Slash. They didn’t need another one.
And besides, Ian was more comfortable as a front man standing behind a guitar. He didn’t have all the front man moves. Too bad—but it was a helluva experience.