Velvet Revolver has just leaked their performance of “Slither” from their upcoming DVD, Live In Houston, which hits stores on November 16th. Filmed in 2005, the concert captures the band touring in support of their award winning debut album, Contraband. The full length tracks are intercut with brief interviews with the band members talking about how Velvet Revolver came to be. The setlist focuses on Contraband, but also includes cover versions of tracks by Guns ‘n’ Roses and Stone Temple Pilots highlighting the history of the group members. Live in Houston features the original Velvet Revolver line-up of vocalist Scott Weiland, lead guitarist Slash, bassist/vocalist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum, and rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner.
1.) Sucker Train Blues
2.) Do It For The Kids
5.) Illegal I
6.) It’s So Easy
7.) Fall To Pieces
8.) Big Machine
9.) Set Me Free
10.) Used To Love Her
12.) Sex Type Thing
Check out the premiere of “Slither” here:
Christy Borgman from LA Woman Photography captured a few videos from Slash’s live show at the Roxy on April 10th. I have been curious to see how Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy would handle those Guns N’ Roses & Velvet Revolver tunes. Judging from the clips below, he does a great job. This fueled my fire to catch them live at Rock on the Range even more. Check out the clips below:
Sweet Child O’ Mine
You can watch the rest of the clips at this link.
A couple of weeks ago, Rolling Stone put out the following article:
We don’t know who the next singer of Velvet Revolver will be, but he or she may want to avoid putting the Contraband song “Dirty Little Thing” on future set lists. The band has reportedly settled a plagiarism case with U.K. rocker Tony Newton, bassist of the band Voodoo Six, that alleged VR stole the riff and melody of “Dirty Little Thing” from Newton’s own “Cyber Babe,” which he wrote for his previous band Dirty Deeds.
“A couple of years back, a mate of mine in L.A. called me to say he’d heard what he thought was my song on the radio, and that he had been a bit shocked when he realized it was Velvet Revolver,” says Newton. “When I checked it out myself, I genuinely couldn’t believe it, because it wasn’t as if it was close… it was basically the same riff. Anyway, I called my publishers to check whether they knew anything — which, of course, they didn’t — and then basically left it with them. I never really expected to hear any more about it and was as surprised as anyone when I heard that Universal had settled with Velvet Revolver.”
And what a settlement it was: Newton will receive 20 percent of all royalties from Contraband and the single dating back to 2004, plus all future royalties on the song from commercial uses, live performances, digital sales, etc. He’s essentially being paid like he’s a member of the band, even though he never picked up an instrument for them.
Here is Velvet Revolver’s Dirty Little Thing released in 2004.
Here is a Dirty Deed’s Cyber Babe on their 1999 CD, Real World.
Hear the similarities?! This makes me wonder how many bands out there could file the same lawsuit.
Stuff.co is reporting that Lenny Kravitz is reportedly set to become the new frontman for US rockers Velvet Revolver.
Lenny, 44, has been spotted in the studio with the band – which features former Guns ’n’ Roses guitarist Slash – who have been looking for a high profile replacement to appear on their new record since parting company with original singer Scott Weiland in April.
A source close to the band told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “Velvet Revolver’s new album will draw heavily on their messy split with Scott. The band wanted a big name who could easily hold his own and reckon Lenny is just the man for the job.”
Other singers linked to the frontman position include former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar and Liv Tyler’s husband, former Spacehog star Royston Langdon.
Speaking at the time of the band’s split from Scott, Slash said: “This band is all about its fans and its music and Scott Weiland isn’t 100 percent committed to either. Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behaviour and personal problems have forced us to move on.”
Velvet Revolver have released two albums, Contraband and Libertad.
Stone Temple Pilots are currently on tour throughout America.
HRH Comment: Lenny Kravitz could bring an interesting dynamic to Velvet Revolver. He is no slouch on the guitar, and is a good singer. He could bolster Velvet Revolver’s sound, assuming he gets to play the six string.
Check out Lenny on the tune, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” below.
Spacehog’s Royston Langdon in the running for Velvet Revolver frontman
While Scott Weiland treks cross-country on the Stone Temple Pilots reunion tour, his other former band, Velvet Revolver, is hard at work finding a new singer. EW.com has learned that Royston Langdon —frontman for Spacehog (who had a 1995 hit with “In the Meantime” ) and estranged husband of Liv Tyler — is in the running for the gig after several successful jam sessions in Los Angeles. “They all got along great,” says an insider. “It was really a refreshing change for the band.” Velvet Revolver’s management couldn’t confirm that an offer had been made, and would only say that they’re still auditioning prospective singers. But an RCA source says that Langdon is “definitely in the mix.”
From the Hollywood Insider.
Stone Temple Pilots have made some additions and changes to their North American reunion tour ahead of its May 17 launch.
The band will start with a headlining performance at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, OH, and then make its way through a variety of venues and festivals across the US and Canada through fall. Dates currently stretch through STP’s October appearance at the New Orleans Voodoo Music Festival, though the outing is expected to expand into November, according to the group’s website.
Since last check, second nights have been added in Detroit and Las Vegas, and shows have been booked in Wallingford, CT; San Antonio, TX; Woodlands, TX; Elizabeth, IN; and Montreal. An updated itinerary is listed below.
Stone Temple Pilots announced their reunion tour in Los Angeles last month, when they performed publicly for the first time in nearly six years.
After forming the band in 1992, the grunge-rockers–frontman Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz–recorded five studio albums and went on to sell more than 35 million copies worldwide, according to a press release. They parted ways after completing a tour behind 2001’s “Shangri-La Dee Da,” which is their most recent studio album.
Weiland went on to join Velvet Revolver, which parted ways with the singer last month amid a volley of acrimonious press releases. The DeLeo brothers co-founded rock quartet Army of Anyone with Filter frontman Richard Patrick and former David Lee Roth Band drummer Ray Luzier, but that band slipped into hibernation following its 2006 self-titled debut.
Robert DeLeo recently told Billboard that STP will probably record a new album once the tour wraps.
Rock star Scott Weiland has just been sentenced to 192 hours in county jail for his November DUI arrest. This is Weiland’s second DUI offense. He has until May 28 to serve the sentence.
Scott, who was not present in court today, entered a no contest plea through his attorney, Anthony Brooklier. The former Velvet Revolver singer was also ordered to complete an 18-month alcohol program and pay almost $2,000 in fines. He will be put on a four-year summary probation.
Weiland was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior conviction, and with an allegation that he refused a chemical test as required by law. We are told he was over the legal limit of .08%, but not by much.
According to the police report, he failed the field sobriety tests and refused to take a blood or urine test. He was booked for DUI and released on $40,000 bail.
Courtesy of TMZ.com
VELVET REVOLVER founding members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner announced today (Tuesday, April 1) that they are parting ways with singer Scott Weiland. “This band is all about its fans and its music and Scott Weiland isn’t 100% committed to either,” said Slash in a press release. “Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on.”
Slash hinted in a recent interview that the band might carry on without Weiland, who announced onstage in Glasgow two weeks ago that fans were watching the “last tour” by the group. Weiland and drummer Matt Sorum proceeded to get into a public war of words online, fueling speculation that the band was splitting apart. But Slash told Classic Rock magazine, “Obviously I’m very aware of everything that’s going on. The only thing I can add to that is, in contrast to what Scott says, there will be a VELVET REVOLVER after this tour.” When asked if Weiland would continue as the singer, Slash added with a chuckle, “I have no comment on that.”
Weiland is reuniting with his previous outfit, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, which broke up in 2002. The group has scheduled a press conference in Los Angeles for April 7 where it will announce a full tour of 50 or more dates for the summer and fall in addition to the handful of festival shows already confirmed.
Weiland spent a month in rehab recently, following an arrest for driving under the influence last November and his failure to show up for a VELVET REVOLVER gig at the Sundance Festival in January.
Despite the latest turmoil, bassist Duff McKagan told the U.K.’s Journal Live recently, “VELVET REVOLVER is something that’s going to be around for a long while yet.”
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net