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Velvet Revolver

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Formed: 2002
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Velvet Revolver News

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Velvet Revolver Film 'Come On, Come In' Video

VELVET REVOLVER have recorded a new song, "Come On, Come In", for the forthcoming "Fantastic Four" film and soundtrack album. Reaching radio June 21, the track was recorded in Raleigh and Cleveland in May during the band's U.S. headlining "Electric Wonderland Show" arena tour. VELVET REVOLVER co-produced the song along with Doug Grean and Nick Raskulinecz. The band felt that the new song they wrote lent itself perfectly to the film.

"Fantastic Four - The Album" will be issued July 5 on Wind-up Records, in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Enterprises, who are releasing the action-packed movie July 8.

For the "Come On, Come In" video, VELVET REVOLVER joined forces with director Wayne Isham in Los Angeles before the band launched their in-progress European tour. Inspired by the adrenaline-driven visuals and conceptual theme of the "Fantastic Four" movie, the video combines the raw energy of a VELVET REVOLVER performance, with graphic transitions between movie footage and Dali-esque individualized abstract portraits of each band member.

Since releasing their debut album "Contraband" on RCA in June 2004, VELVET REVOLVER have become rock's most exciting and successful new band. "Contraband" has now sold over three million copies worldwide, earned a Grammy award, shattered records and garnered massive critical acclaim.

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Velvet Revolver Cancels Final 5 European Shows

Velvet Revolver have cancelled their final five European shows citing family obligations and the need to do pre-production work on their next album. The scrapped cities are Montreux and Zurich, Switzerland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Bergen, Norway; and Turku, Finland; from July 3rd to 10th.

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Chevelle Adds A Few More Summer Tour Dates

Chevelle has added a few more dates to their upcoming tour with Taproot and 30 Seconds to Mars. Tour dates so far:

Jun. 11 Kansas City, MO - Liberty Memorial Park - KQRC presents
Jun. 30 Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - Music Market Stage - WLZR presents
Jul. 08 Chicago, IL - NASCAR - Chicagoland Route 66 Raceway

With Taproot and 30 Seconds to Mars: More...

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Fantastic Four The Album Tracklisting Revealed

Wind-up Records, in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Enterprises has announced the complete track listing for the July 5, 2005 soundtrack Fantastic Four – The Album. The soundtrack is not particularly heavy, but features several hard rock bands (hence the reason for inclusion here). The soundtrack’s musical scope covers rock, hip hop and pop with new songs from platinum and gold recording artists including Velvet Revolver (their first new music since the release of their double-platinum album, Contraband), Ben Moody featuring Anastacia, Sum 41, and Taking Back Sunday.

Taking Back Sunday wrote the song “Error Operator” for the movie, the soundtrack and the Fantastic Four video game created by Activision. Two songs introduce newly formed groups; Loser (former Marilyn Manson guitarist/writer John 5) and T.F.F., (a one time collaboration featuring Brody Dalle of the Distillers, Chris Cester of Jet, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, and Dolf de Datsun of the Datsuns). Also of note is the stateside debut of the enormously popular Japanese act Orange Range. Additional songs were contributed by Alter Bridge, Lloyd Banks, Submersed, Breaking Point and others. The lead single and first music video from Fantastic Four – The Album is “Everything Burns” by Ben Moody featuring Anastacia.

The complete track listing for Fantastic Four – The Album is: More...

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More on Velvet Revolver Fantastic Four Song

According to the Cleveland Scene, VELVET REVOLVER entered Lakewood, Ohio's Lava Room Recordings on May 16 to finish recording "Come On Come In", a track for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" soundtrack. The group got into town in the afternoon, and singer Scott Weiland and producer Doug Grean immediately hit the studio to finish vocals for the track. Lava Room partner and chief engineer Mike Brown engineered the session.

"It's a great track," says Brown. "It's pretty aggressive. Scott was really rippin'. He did a few megaphone parts, bringing some of the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS parts to the band. They were definitely professionals. Scott's really serious about what he does, a real perfectionist. They were very easy to work with. We had a good time."

While the newly sober Weiland was working, ex-Gunners Slash and Duff McKagan were hanging at Rockstar, the upstairs bar at Peabody's that's been visited in recent months by members of HOOBASTANK, THE USED, and SLIPKNOT. Former GNR guitarist Gilby Clarke was playing Peabody's that night, and Duff joined Clarke's band for sleazy renditions of GUNS' "It's So Easy" and the STOOGES' "I Wanna Be Your Dog". Slash then joined the band for a cover of THE BEATLES' "Helter Skelter", and Clark stepped back in for Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door".

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Velvet Revolver Record New Song For Soundtrack

In a recent interview with Sp1at.com, VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum (ex-GUNS N' ROSES, THE CULT) was asked if VR had recorded any new material. He replied, "We actually just recorded a new song this week for an upcoming major motion picture release that you will be hearing about shortly."

When asked to compare vocalists Axl Rose, Ian Astbury and Scott Weiland, Matt said, "What they all have in common is a great ability to entertain a crowd. They each bring a different passion to the songs that they perform, and each one realizes that it is a rock show, not just a songfest. It's pretty amazing when I consider that I have been blessed to play drums behind three of the greatest frontmen of all time."

Matt also cast doubt on an end-of-year release date for VELVET REVOLVER's sophomore album. He said, "We are not going to have much studio time until September, now that we have added the Ozzfest dates."

Read the full article at Sp1at.

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Gizmachi Confirmed For Ozzfest 2005 Second Stage

upstate New York's GIZMACHI have now officially filled one of the "mystery band" slots on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest.

GIZMACHI will release their debut CD, "The Imbuing", on May 3 on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. "The Imbuing" was produced by SLIPKNOT's M. Shawn Crahan (who also founded Big Orange Clown Records), engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. GIZMACHI is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums.

The band filmed the video for their first single, "The Answer", in February in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, EVERY TIME I DIE).

Ozzfest 2005 billing is now shaping up as follows: More...

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Another Ozzfest Second Stage "Mystery Band" Slot

Ozzfest.com has added a second "mystery band" slot to the lineup of acts performing on the Hot Topic second stage at this year's travelling festival. BLOODSIMPLE, the New York-based band featuring former members of VISION OF DISORDER, DOWNSET and MEDICATION, are a favorite to fill one of the slots. There is no word yet on which act the second slot will go to.

Earlier this week, Ozzfest organizers announced that VELVET REVOLVER will be taking over for IRON MAIDEN as one of Ozzfest's main attractions when this year's traveling festival hits Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 23; IRON MAIDEN will be no-shows for the last seven dates of this summer's Ozzfest because of previous touring commitments they'd made overseas.

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In Flames Moved To Main Stage of Ozzfest 2005

It appears that, according to Ozzfest.com's bands page, In Flames have been moved from the second stage to the main stage now. While one mystery slot remains on the second stage and main stage, Velvet Revolver is expected to be that main stage "mystery band" from August 23rd to September 4th.

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McKagan Wonders If He Could Have Saved Cobain

Former Guns N' Roses, current Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan was one of the last, if not the last, person to talk to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain before his suicide. They flew together in first class from L.A. to Seattle in April 1994. "He said, 'Man, I just escaped from Exodus' [a treatment facility]. I didn't have any foresight that the guy was going to do what he did. I could tell he was bummed out, and I'd been that way before. We were at baggage claim, and I thought I'd ask him to come stay at my house. I turned around and he was gone. What if. Only if. A lot of my friends have died. If only he'd ... " McKagan's voice trailed off. "But we're alive. We had a band meeting the other night to talk about business and just kinda take inventory, like, 'Is everybody cool with each other?' And we toasted this thing that we've done, that we've done it on our own terms. And it was so powerful. We didn't say it, we didn't vocalize it, but you could tell it was also like — and we're all still alive. When all five of us could have been dead. And we're not only alive, we're stronger than we were when we were 20 years old."

Read the full article at Seatlle Times.

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Weiland Discusses Velvet Revolver Tour

Having recently embarked on a massive arena tour of the United States, you can watch a preview, featuring remarks from Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, from The Associated Press.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been announced for this year's Download Festival, augmenting what is shaping up to be one of the biggest hard rock festivals seen across Europe in years.

US garage rockers The Mooney Suzuki, British band A and Japan's hardcore techno rockers Mad Capsule Market have all been added to the main stage, joining headliners Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Feeder, Velvet Revolver, Slipknot, Slayer and Billy Idol.

Making an appearance on the Snickers second stage are InMe, Apocalyptica, Underoath, Lordi, Shadows Fall and Finch, among others. Flogging Molly will also be playing the event, an Irish-American punk act which features wrestling superstar Chris Jericho on vocals.

Snickers have launched a competition that will see one unsigned band will be making the journey to the festival and playing on the Snickers stage alongside other acts. For more information go to snickersunsigned.co.uk.

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:

Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Hurricane Party
Lost Prophets
Viking Skull More...

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Velvet Revolver's 'Leno' Performance Posted Online

VELVET REVOLVER fan site Velvet-Revolver.com has uploaded video footage of the band performing their latest single, "Dirty Little Thing", on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday (April 7). You can check it out here.

VELVET REVOLVER resume the Electric Wonderland tour on April 12 in Chula Vista, California, with dates booked through May 25.

VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum recently told Launch Radio Networks that VR will play 10 Ozzfest dates, commencing on August 16 in West Valley City, Utah. The last seven dates will be in lieu of IRON MAIDEN, which drops off the bill on August 20.

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Velvet Revolver Tour Report From Vancouver, BC

I attended the Velvet Revolver on their last Canadian date last Thursday (March 31) but I’ve been busy with school so I haven’t been able to write about it until now. I can’t really remember details from the show because I had less than 4 hours of sleep cramming for a lab final the morning of the show and I was extremely tired by the time I got to the venue.

I didn’t know what to expect from Velvet Revolver. I have never seen Guns n’ Roses nor Stone Temple Pilots live before. I’d say the majority of concert-goers were GnR fans. Judging by the 2002 GnR riot that broke out at GM Place after Axl cancelled the show last minute, I had expected there would be a lot of people going but it was relatively quiet for a rock show when I got to the Pacific Coliseum just before 7pm. Security guards made everyone on the floor sit and wait for the show to start and more than half the seats were empty. As time passed by, people trickled in, filling up the empty spots. More...

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Papa Roach And Mudvayne Added To Download Festival

Papa Roach will play just before Nightwish, their first UK Festival date since Ozzfest in 2001.

Performing just before them, Mudvayne are set to make a welcome return to Download, having played at the inaugural festival in 2003.

System Of A Down, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvet Revolver and HIM are just some of the bands to have already been confirmed. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park between 10-12 June, extending to the Friday for the first time in its three year history. Weekend tickets cost £105, plus an extra £22.50 for camping.

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Two More 'Mystery Band' Slots Added To Ozzfest '05

Ozzfest.com, has added two "mystery act" slots to their "Bands" page — one on the main stage and one on the second stage. The main-stage slot is widely expected to be filled by VELVET REVOLVER (who will reportedly join the tour on August 16 in West Valley City, UT before taking over IRON MAIDEN's slot beginning on August 23 in Albuquerque, NM), while there is no word yet on who will fill the second-stage "mystery" slot.

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Velvet Revolver To Play Last 10 Ozzfest Dates

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER has firmed up plans to be part of this year's Ozzfest tour. Drummer Matt Sorum said the group will play 10 Ozzfest dates, commencing on August 16 in West Valley City, Utah. The last seven dates will be in lieu of IRON MAIDEN, which drops off the bill on August 20. Sorum said his band is looking forward to the tour. "They've asked us to be the second on the slot, so I mean, we're going on right before [BLACK] SABBATH," he said. "That's gonna be pretty cool. And then there's a lot of really heavy bands on the bill. They're counting on us to bring out a lot of fans. I mean, I think that they think it's gonna be cool to have us on the bill, and that's why they invited us."

Ozzfest wraps up on September 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida. VELVET REVOLVER recently started a North American arena tour that lasts until May 25. The group will head to Europe in June and early July.

VELVET REVOLVER resumes its current tour on April 12 in Chula Vista, California.

Ozzfest 2005 featuring VELVET REVOLVER:

Aug. 16 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Pavilion *
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket *
Aug. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen *
Aug. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff
Aug. 27 - Houston, TX - Cynthia J. Woods Pavilion
Aug. 28 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 - Nashville, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
Sep. 02 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon
Sep. 04 - West Palm Beach - Sound Advice


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Velvet Revolver To Step In For Maiden On Ozzfest?

According to a post at Ozzfest.com, VELVET REVOLVER will perform at the August 27 Woodlands, TX stop of this year's Ozzfest, leading to speculation that VELVET REVOLVER will take over IRON MAIDEN's slot at the festival once co-headliners MAIDEN depart the tour. The posting also lists MUDVAYNE as being on the tour, although the Illinois quartet have not yet been officially added to the trek.

As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN will not be performing on the final seven dates of this year's Ozzfest due to prior touring commitments overseas. A replacement act has not yet been officially announced.

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Chevelle Announces More Tour Dates

Chevelle has announced more tour dates to their tour, including an opening date for Velvet Revolver in Raleigh, NC. So far, the tour dates are as follows:

Mar. 17 Charleston, SC - Music Farm (WYBB presents)
Mar. 18 Winston-Salem, NC - Millenium Center
Apr. 08 Louisville, KY – Jillian's
Apr. 09 Athens, GA – The Ritz
Apr. 11 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Apr. 12 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Apr. 14 Hilton Head, SC – Monkey Business
Apr. 16 Columbia, SC – Headliners
Apr. 26 Little Rock, AR – CCE Metroplex
Apr. 27 Baton Rouge, LA – The Texas Music Hall
Apr. 28 Fayetteville, AR – University of Arkansas
Apr. 30 Richmond, VA – Classic Amphitheatre (WRXL Show)
May 01 Memphis, TN – Beale Street
May 05 Raleigh, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (supporting Velvet Revolver)

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