Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy spoke in an interview with 90.3 WMSC FM and revealed his first phone call with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

He said that Slash reached out to him and asked if he would be interested in auditioning for Velvet Revolver. Here’s the statement:

“It’s interesting: there were two times. So, the first time, Slash reached out. He doesn’t even remember this, but in 2002 — I think it was the summer or fall of 2002, before Weiland was even in the mix — I remember my manager had called me at the time and he said, ‘You might be getting a call from somebody in this camp, because they’re looking for singers.’

But I was blown away when I picked up the phone and Slash was on the other end of the line. And then, about seven years later, after they had parted ways with Scott and ALTER BRIDGE was on hiatus, they reached out.

So, yeah, there were two times. But I never auditioned — it was just something that had been talked about and never came to fruition.”

A week ago, he talked with My Global Mind and revealed what he learned about being a succesful frontman from Slash. He said:

“The more time I spend on stage (with Slash and Bridge) doing this day-after-day, the more I realize how important it is just to relax and enjoy it. To stay present and at the moment because if you’re not, it becomes very apparent to the audience and they can sense it.

If you’re tense and stressed about something, it will manifest and not in a good way to the show. My philosophy as I get older is to stay in the present, enjoy it, and have fun. No stress that’s the key [laughing].”

You can listen to the entire interview from below.