VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland has issued the following statement regarding his absence from the band's concert Sunday night (January 20) at the 944 Magazine's party at Tao during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
"I truly apologize on behalf of the band for our inability to perform at the scheduled party during the Sundance Film Festival. I performed the previous night in Miami in support of the A-Rod Family Foundation, and afterwards a jet was arranged to fly myself and a couple of the crew members to the festival, where I was looking forward to performing. Not only was I hoping to ROCK, but I also wanted to snowboard AND have some well...good and clean fun! Seriously, though...I even already had my 'one-piece' long johns on (no shit!!). Now...the problem was that the pilot of the private jet would not...I mean, absolutely would NOT fly us to Park City due to the low visibility and poor weather conditions. We did everything in our power to make it happen. At last minute, Matt [Sorum, VELVET REVOLVER drummer] tried to hook up a flight from L.A. to Park City, but the owner of the plane could not find a crew in time.
"I'm sorry...we all are. Who knows...maybe this happened for a reason."
A short clip of VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum taking on the vocal duties for VELVET REVOLVER's rendition of the GN'R classic "Patience" during the Tao concert can be viewed below.
Photos from Sunday night's event can be found at Getty Images.
Weiland was expected to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom last Thursday (January 17), where his recent DUI case was to be continued. The singer was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after being pulled over by police in late November.
VELVET REVOLVER will begin a new U.S. tour on January 24 in Chicago, with dates confirmed through February 7.