There have been rampant rumors regarding Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and his possible involvement with Velvet Revolver. Those rumors have Taylor taking over for Scott Weiland, but of course, nothing has been officially announced yet.
But in separate interviews, Duff McKagan and even Corey Taylor himself would neither confirm or deny the rumor, adding fuel to speculation that the band’s tapped Corey for the vacant frontman position.
Now Slash is lending more credence to the rumors, saying he won’t comment on whether Taylor is Velvet Revolver’s new singer. “A couple of people have said one thing or another, but it’s been blown out of proportion,” Slash says. “I’ve made no comment on that one.”
The thing about saying “No comment” or “I won’t confirm or deny that rumor” is its a misnomer, and only fans the flames of supposition. The fact that three people involved in the same rumor aren’t talking suggests to me that there’s genuine credence to the rumor.
If Corey Taylor was not Velvet Revolver’s new singer, don’t you think Duff, Corey, and Slash would’ve just said that the rumor was bullshit? It’s like when you ask a girl about about a dude she banged. “Did you fuck him?,” you ask, and if it’s a definite negative, she’ll say, “God no.” But if she did bone dude, she might say something like, “That’s none of your business.”
No denial is the same as a confirmation, in my opinion. I’ve been a reporter for long enough to know this, and while it may not be a journalistic tenet, my experience — from my dealings with politicians, musicians, police, criminals, and just the average citizen — if there’s no denial, that’s just as good as a confirmation.