Velvet Revolver Concert Photos Rockford 2005

Velvet Revolver concert photos ©Chad Lee Photography.

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April 2, 2005 Metro Center Rockford, Il for Marshall Amps . 

Velvet Revolver Rockford 2005

Velvet Revolver is  super group consisting of  Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner. Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland was Velvet Revolver’s lead singer from their formation until 2008. In 2004, the band achieved commercial success with their debut album, Contraband. Despite positive reviews, some critics initially described Velvet Revolver as a  combination of STP and G N’ R. Criticizing them 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”. The band embarked on a tour with Alice in Chains. In April 2008, Weiland left Velvet Revolver and reunited with Stone Temple Pilots. Velvet Revolver has been on indefinite hiatus since April 2008, and in November of that year.  They were  released by the 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 self-titled debut solo album and Duff McKagan’s addition to the Jane’s Addiction lineup seemed to put the future of the band in doubt. However, McKagan left Jane’s Addiction a few months after joining. Despite being on hiatus, Velvet Revolver has written new songs and plans to audition singers and reconvene in 2011.