Q: You feuded with Axl Rose after you formed Velvet Revolver with his former Guns N' Roses bandmates. Now that you've left that group less than amicably, do you want to trade war stories with Axl?
A: We came close to getting together one time. I had wondered if he was the center of all their problems or if it was a mixed bag—and it was definitely the latter. When Velvet Revolver first got together it was great. I got to know the guys before: Met Duff at the gym, because he loves to work out and I was obsessed with running. I was in rehab with Matt. I'd only met Slash twice—he's not the most social person. We had all been through the same experiences, and it felt like a gang. But everyone was a rock star. There were petty jealousies. Then the wives got involved with the business of the band, and that was the beginning of the downfall.
Q: Speaking of wives, your ex Mary Forsberg wrote in her memoir that you got a massage while she was delivering your first child. What were you thinking?
A: What do you mean? I was incredibly stressed-out. She was having contractions and that was tripping me out, so I called up our friend and she gave me a massage. I laid out right next to where Mary was.
Q: You didn't think it was weird, even after the nurse kicked the masseuse out?
A: No one I've ever talked to thought it was weird. It's incredibly stressful when the person you love is having a child. And I was sober at that time, so I needed something to take the edge off.
Q: Celebrity clothing lines have become ubiquitous. What makes yours, Scott Weiland for English Laundry, different?
A: There's a sense of history and classiness there. It's very much based in the late-sixties, early-seventies Savile Row style. All of the cloth is vintage from that period. I'm obsessed with fabric. I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they're not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them.
Q: Matt has also launched a clothing line. Do you ever drop in to his store and check out the competition?
A: God, no. We're doing totally different things. Mine is London, his is L.A. Let's just say there's a lot of leather and jewelry.
Q: I hear you're a fan of Notre Dame football. You're probably the last person I'd think of as a football guy.
A: Oh man, massively. My dad played football there, and I go to at least one game every year. I get my Blue & Gold report every morning. My assistant prints it out, and I read it like the newspaper. In fact, I'm looking at it right now. There's this kid, Louis Nix, that we got coming in from Jacksonville. A high-school senior, who is six three, 315 pounds. Wow. He's living my dream.