LATEST: Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has apologised to his German fans for the controversy surrounding the Nazi uniform he planned to wear at the band's recent German concerts.

The German branch of Weiland's Sony BMG record label wrote to the US office stating their objections to the Secret Service (SS) officer costume the SLITHER rocker has been sporting at recent gigs.

Weiland defended his outfit, insisting it "symbolises the loss of democracy and the shift of totalitarianism" but decided not to wear it because Nazi symbols are illegal in the country, and he hates getting arrested.

But he has posted a message on the band's official website explaining what happened. It reads, "I apologise for this silly fiasco. Out of respect for my German fans of all races and creeds, as well as those who might have misunderstood the true meaning of the event that did not, in fact, take place, I did not wear the SS hat at the German shows."

20/07/2005 01:54