VELVET REVOLVER and ALICE IN CHAINS will team up for a North American tour beginning early August. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 05 – Baltimore, MD @ Pimlico Race Course
Aug. 06 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Aug. 08 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip Campground
Aug. 11 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Aug. 12 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 16 – Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 18 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
Aug. 20 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Aug. 21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 23 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Aug. 25 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino
Aug. 27 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 28 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Professionally filmed video footage of VELVET REVOLVER performing at the Download festival on June 8, 2007 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England is available for viewing at YouTube.
An eight-minute video interview with VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland and drummer Matt Sorum, which aired on June 6 on Canada’s “The Hour”, is available for viewing at this location.
The German branch of Sony BMG has uploaded audio samples of three of the tracks that are featured on VELVET REVOLVER’s European EP, “Melody and the Tyranny”, which was released on June 1. The EP contains two tracks from the band’s new CD, “Libertad”, as well as TALKING HEADS cover “Psycho Killer” (which was recorded during the “Libertad” sessions) and a video documentary about the making of “Libertad”.
“Libertad” will be released on July 3 in two formats: a CD version, which will also include the documentary, and a CD/DVD version, which will feature a bonus DVD with a 30-minute documentary about the 2007 South American tour.
ALICE IN CHAINS is writing songs for its first new studio album in 12 years, according to a source close to the band. A person named “the Baldy,” who says his job is “to travel the world with ALICE IN CHAINS and send photos, videos and blog entries back to (the webmasters) at AliceInChains.com,” recently provided this update: “I’ve been (in Los Angeles) for five days, sat through three rehearsals and one demo recording session, listened to several other demos, and I can happily report that the new stuff is kicking my ass right out of my pants.” There is no word on whether William DuVall, who sang with the group on last year’s reunion tour, is also handing vocals for the new material, and there’s also no official info on when an album might be released.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a tsunami benefit in Seattle before heading out last year on full European and North American tours with DuVall singing.
Cantrell told Launch last year that while new music wasn’t out of the question, the band wasn’t ready to commit to anything. “It’s gonna be cool to see what happens,” he said. “I’m just really excited about the possibilities, ’cause there’s a lot of possibilities open. And that’s a pretty cool place to start and it’s a good place to just leave it there, rather than just making a bunch of claims of what we’re gonna do and not living up to them (laughs).”
ALICE IN CHAINS performed at the second annual “VH1 Rock Honors”, which was taped on May 12 in Las Vegas. This year’s show honored OZZY OSBOURNE, HEART, GENESIS and ZZ TOP, with performances and tributes from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NICKELBACK, KEANE and others.