Velvet Revolver is an American hard rock supergroup consisting of former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, alongside Dave Kushner formerly of punk band Wasted Youth. Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was Velvet Revolver’s lead singer from their formation until 2008. The band achieved commercial success in 2004 with their debut album, Contraband. Critics initially described Velvet Revolver as a mere combination of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N’ Roses, and criticized the band for a “disconnection” between Scott Weiland and the rest of the band. With their single Slither, they won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
The band released Libertad in 2007, driven by the release of the single She Builds Quick Machines, and embarked on a tour with Alice In Chains. In April 2008, Weiland parted ways with Velvet Revolver and has since reunited with Stone Temple Pilots. Velvet Revolver has been on indefinite hiatus since April and in November 2008, the band was released by their record label RCA Records at their request to allow them “complete freedom to go through whatever process it would take to accomplish” replacing Weiland.
The release of Slash’s solo album, Slash, and Duff McKagan’s addition to the Jane’s Addiction lineup seemed to put future of the band in doubt. However, McKagan left Jane's Addiction a few months after joining. Velvet Revolver then wrote new songs and briefly auditioned singers before once again resuming their hiatus, although reunited with Scott Weiland for a one-off reunion show on January 12, 2012 at a benefit concert.
Kushner also stated it is currently unknown what Velvet Revolver's plans are for the future after the reunion show.
Velvet Revolver received one Grammy Award. The band won the Grammy when "Slither" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2005. The song "Fall to Pieces" received a nomination for Song of the Year/Rock Radio Radio Music Award in 2005. The band won the Best International Newcomer Kerrang! Award in 2004 while they were nominated for a Rock Artist of the Year Billboar Music Award in 2005.
Velvet Revolver – Let It Roll – Live In Germany was filmed at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany in March 2008 for the legendary German TV series Rockpalast. The concert was near the end of the tour for their second album “Libertad” and came just a few days before the band went on hold following the departure of singer Scott Weiland. The set draws heavily on the “Libertad” album but also features tracks from their debut album “Contraband” and covers of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns ‘n’ Roses tracks.
Velvet Revolver – Live In Houston -- filmed in Houston, Texas in 2005 during the tour in support of their bestselling and Grammy Award winning debut album “Contraband”. The full length live tracks are intercut with snippets of interview with the various band members talking about how Velvet Revolver came into being. The set list naturally focuses on that debut release but is complimented by two tracks from the Guns ‘n’ Roses catalog and two tracks from Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album highlighting the history of the band members. Velvet Revolver are an outstanding live band and are on great form in front of a typically enthusiastic Texan crowd.
Slash– lead guitar (2002–present)
Dave Kushner – rhythm guitar (2002–present)
Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals (2002–present)
Matt Sorum – drums, backing vocals (2002–present)
Scott Weiland – lead vocals, keyboards (2003–2008, 2012)
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