A few years after Guns N’ Roses split, former Gunnners Slash (guitar), Duff (bass) and Matt (drums) started jamming on somewhat of a regular basis until they got the brilliant idea of forming a band. After former Gunner Izzy (guitar) showed little interest in the project, Dave Kushner was brought in as rhythm guitarist and all that was left was finding the right singer. It took a while of auditioning and such until they found former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and decided he was the man for the job. … And the hard rockin’ supergroup Velvet Revolver was born.
After recording a few tracks for movie soundtracks suck as The Hulk and The Italian Job, work on the debut full-length began.
Contraband was released in June 2004 and was an immediate success, debuting at #1 on the American Billboard 200, and selling more than 2 million copies in the US so far.The album has essentially brought in the influences of all of its members: Slash’s love affair with classic rock and blues, Duff and Dave’s punk rock background, and Scott’s grunge, and came out, in my humble opinion, as one of the best records released by a contemporary hard rock band this last decade. Some recommended songs if you’re in the mood for air guitar: Slither, Headspace, Do It For The Kids, Sucker Train Blues. Or if you’re in the mood for some lovin’, or simply kicking back and enjoying a good ballad, I’d recommend Loving The Alien, You Got No Right, or my personal favorite, Fall To Pieces (Also, might want to check the Fall To Pieces Video)
A couple of years later, work on the sophomore album began, and “Libertad” (Spanish for liberty or freedom) was released in July 2007. Although it received much hype before its release, and many of its songs were used on TV shows and such, the album did not chart as well as Contraband did, and is considered somewhat of a commercial failure as compared to Contraband. Ironically enough, the sound of the album is more commercial-rock oriented and radio-friendly than Contraband. Guess that backfired, suits them well. That’s not to say it’s a bad album though, I absolutely love it. Songs to bang your head to: She Builds Quick Machines, Let It Roll, Get Out The Door. Awesome ballads include The Last Fight and Can’t Get It Out Of My Head.
Sadly enough though, after a few successful tours Scott Weiland became a total b**** and subsequently Velvet Revolver dismissed him. He then rejoined his old band Stone Temple Pilots for a reunion. Currently, Velvet Revolver is on indefinite hiatus, what with Weiland being out, Duff having his side project Loaded (awesome band btw, check their album “Sick“), and Slash working on his solo album. The members are still optimistic though, always stating that the search for a new vocalist is still on. I heard some rumors about Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) showing interest, I don’t know, let’s keep our fingers crossed.