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Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver began with a spring 2002 jam session that reunited ex-Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) on-stage. With the discovery that their chemistry was still going strong, the trio began pushing around some new music and auditioning singers for what became known as "the Project." Early entries included ex-Buckcherry shouter Josh Todd and Neurotica's Kelly Shaefer; both became acquainted with the cutting room floor. By early 2003, the existence of "the Project" -- and its quest for a singer -- was common knowledge, so much so that VH1 sent cameras to document the search. Dave Kushner (Wasted Youth, Dave Navarro) also joined up as second guitarist. Troubled STP-er Scott Weiland came on board next. He and the band clicked immediately and recorded a hyper piece of glitter metal for the Hulk soundtrack called "Set Me Free." By June, "the Project" had been renamed Velvet Revolver, and Weiland was officially made its lead singer, though possession charges stemming from a May bust were still outstanding. The band signed a deal with RCA and spent the rest of 2003 fitting in gigs and recording sessions around Weiland's court-ordered rehab. RCA next announced an April 2004 release for Contraband, Velvet Revolver's full-length debut; the date was then pushed to May, and finally to June. That spring, Weiland labored through court dates and recovery as Slash and Duff did advance press for Contraband, and fan anticipation for the album grew. VR also released the single "Slither," a rabid, ambitious rocker guided by Slash's signature guitar sound. The single sidled steadily up the active rock charts, and when Contraband finally dropped, it was to general appreciation for its mix of STP and GNR signatures and its surprising turn toward hedonistic maturity. Velvet Revolver's sophomore effort, Libertad, followed in 2007. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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GNR lite. Not so bad.
rwest343
I think the bandmates are used to the lead singer not showing up for meetings and rehearsals.
Scott is one of the most gifted lead. singers I've ever heard, to bad he can't get past the drug thing. When you don't show up for meetings and rehearsals your band mates get a little pist..time is money a little respect for yourself and others goes along way..
Amazing comeback for everyone in this band ! I'm a big STP , & GNR fan and Scotty W . Awesome sound , lyrics . I think they should get back together with Scotty bein out of STP
Great song .
This video is crazy!!!
Read Slash's book. Josh Todd's vocals were off pitch. That is why he wasn't hired back in the day.
did they try the singer for snakepit for vr?
Luv em' but the GNR off shoots need Weiland as much as they needed Axel...W/O a dynamic front man/singer, they are all passé.
plz get libertad album
Very underrated classic slbum
I like Scott weiland more than axl
jerseyshop1
Myles Kennedy was the first choice but decided to make Alter Bridge work
They definetly aint as good as guns N Roses but they do have a couple good songs just missing AXL ROSE who is magnificent, on album and live!
Read Slash's book and you will learn that VR demo'd with Josh Todd and that his voice was off pitch.
Love, love, love this song!!
good call, livewire and iron4clay: i would love to see them give Josh Todd or Myles Kennedy a try. Kennedy's vocals w/ Alter Bridger were excellent!
I agree with Iron4clay. Josh Todd of Buckcherry seems like would be a great fit. Although I really dig VR with Weiland, Josh comes from a closer place to GNR than Weiland.
josh todd would still be great
add slash to artists and take off foo
If VR can't get back together with Weiland then they should get Myles Kennedy, especially after Duff, Slash and Kennedy had such great chemistry at the RN'R HOF Induction Ceremony
I like this band but i was very disappointed w/ Contraband (other than tracks 6&11 which rocked). I still gotta get Libertad and check that out.
i think josh todd of buckcherry would still be a great choice for vr just sayin
Fantastic albeit short term effort. The chemistry is outstanding if Scott Weiland could leave the chemicals alone for a while. I would rather see VR return rather than GNR.
Yes I do like V. Rev. Slashed really f' it as far as G'NR goes!
nixfix
Scott did well through this album. Give the rest of the guys a break people! Slash and Duff still ROCK!
Worst. Band. Ever.
Great Band!!! Solid stuff . miss them. :( new STP is unlistenable .
temple n roses= kinda bums me out to know this kind of great plain old rock with some balls is over- f' nu metal and whatever the embyos are being spoon fed and called music-
gener30
Slash, Weiland and ex-GNR band-mates have chemistry. Make it permanent.
Scott, Slash & the boys... love it!!! 'Com back dudes- bring us some mo!!!
hkeith113
Yeah I agree I hope they bring this band back. It only lasted a short time and it already was producing songs that were way better than anything GnRs every has produced without Slash.
Slither (STP song thru and thru)...wher e ' s another hit that Velvet Revolver made ?
bradleytrons g a r d
sounds a little like guns and roses there good i like the music
jenniferlamb 4 1 8
It's difficult to find newer bands who not only write good lyrics, but have the raw instrumental talent to back it up. They are few and far between especially in the rock world.
cdillon1977
That's a very elitist viewpoint you have there, Tim Lea. I'm not a musician, but I think I have the right to say SLASH ROCKS and is one of the top-ten guitarists of all time.
@burgoschris 8 3 That's great that GNR is your favorite band and Axl IS the voice of GNR. Just one problem...yo u ' r e on the VELVET REVOLVER page. And GNR never broke up, you tard, Axl fired everybody. He's a one-man-band now. We would all like to see the original line-up again, but that's highly unlikely, so quit your b**ching.

@Matt Leonard WTF have you been smoking? Velvet Revolver isn't the new GNR. GNR is the new GNR. They are a timeless and irreplaceabl e band.
skywalk906
I've played drums since 5th grade. Love every minute of playing them still. Velvet Revolver was the reason I picked up guitar, my first riff was Slither and my first full song was Fall to Pieces. I play more guitar than drums now. I think these guys have some amazing songs. Velvet Revolver is the new GNR.
miller38491
Wish Weiland to keep him out of trouble long enough to get something solid going. I really like this sound.

I find it funny that people always seek out something to whine about instead of finding something they like and commenting there....hin t hint.
HORRIBLE, very horrible.... . . i love guns n roses,it my favorite band.but this band is garbage.gnr should have never broke up.the singer is horrible.Axl rose is the voice of gnr.
tlea96
sawyer...you ' r e a nitwit for that comment; "Slash is the least talented..." . Guess that's why Lenny Kravitz, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, etc, etc ask him to play on their records...Wh a t a stupid thing to say. Non-musician s shouldn't be able to voice an opinion about a musician's playing. You probably think Good Charlotte is made up of solid musicians. It's too bad Scott couldn't get the demon off his back. This band was a good collaboratio n . . L o o k i n g forward to Slash's solo album due out next m
Hey "Good Shephard", go screw yourself with a spoon. Don't go posting crap like that on a bands page, keep it to yourself or rant about it on some other page.
I'm so glad to be back from the dead. I love the feel of velvet on my skin, and I love this friggin band!
No, Slash is and the guys from GnR are the most talented. While it's true that what Slash does isn't inherently difficult, it's his style and his history that makes him popular. Weiland is a very talented individual he just wasn't working out with the guys. I'm sure once Slash finishes his solo album that they will start the search for another singer equally talented.
slash is the lest talented member of this band, Scott Weiland is the most, but they lost him
wireshelf
I hope their new lead singer is just as great
weiland f**kin rocks!!!!!!
wonder who these f**ks will get as a new lead singer? for me, it just wont be as great ...
I love contraband, its a much better then a lotta new albums. Hell Libertad was better then Chinese Democracy. I kinda like of Velvet Revolver more then GnR. Weiland's voice sounds better which the overall sound of the music
i agree with "vebal" 100%
so true contraband is way better than chinese democrap
no s**t, right? yay!

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