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Velvet Revolver

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

Latest Velvet Revolver News

Below is our complete Velvet Revolver news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.

They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.

Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.

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Slash Gets His Hat Back

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) has finally recovered his top hat, which went missing, presumed stolen at the Grammys last month. The hat was collected late Friday night (March 4) and a "small reward" was paid to the man that claimed he bought the hat from a transient for $50.00 on Hollywood Blvd. The reward was paid by BC Ethic, the company that does Slash's T-shirt line. The hat was part of a marketing campaign where it was to be replicated and personally signed, for display with the release of the Slash line, a 15-piece collection of tees, knit tops and hats.

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Velvet Revolver Add American Tour Dates

Velvet Revolver has added more dates to their American tour with Hoobastank. Tour dates are as follows:

Apr. 12 San Diego, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
Apr. 13 Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
Apr. 15 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
Apr. 16 Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond
Apr. 17 Reno, NV - Lawlor Events Center
Apr. 19 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic
Apr. 21 Portland, OR - Rose Garden
Apr. 22 Everett, WA - Everett Arena
Apr. 23 Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
Apr. 25 Salt Lake City, UT - E Center
Apr. 26 Denver, CO - Magness Arena
Apr. 28 St. Paul, MN - Excel Energy Center
Apr. 29 Rockford, IL - Rockford MetroCentre
Apr. 30 Auburn Hills, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
May 02 Buffalo, NY - HSBC Center
May 03 Amherst, MA - Mullins Center
May 05 Raleigh, NC - Verizon Wireless
May 06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi - Buys Amphitheatre
May 13 Scranton, PA - Montage Mountain
May 14 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
May 15 Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless
May 17 Cleveland, OH - Tower Amphitheatre
May 18 Pittsburgh, PA - Chevrolet Amphitheatre
May 20 Holmdel, NJ - PNC
May 21 Washington, DC - Merriweather Post
May 22 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless
May 24 Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
May 25 Miami, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre

As previously announced, Velvet Revolver will play the following Canadian dates with Three Days Grace and Hoobastank: More...

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More Velvet Revolver Dates Confirmed

More Canadian Velvet Revolver dates have been confirmed.

Tour dates so far (with Three Days Grace):

Mar. 23 Ottawa, ON Corel Centre
Mar. 24 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Mar. 27 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Mar. 28 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
Mar. 29 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Mar. 31 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum

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Velvet Revolver, Motorhead Honored At Grammies

VELVET REVOLVER and MOTÖRHEAD won prizes in early ceremonies at the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 13). VELVET REVOLVER were honored with a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock Performance category (for "Slither"), where they beat out the likes of INCUBUS ("Megalomaniac"), METALLICA ("Some Kind of Monster"), NICKELBACK ("Feelin' Way Too Damn Good") and SLIPKNOT ("Duality"), Meanwhile, MOTÖRHEAD picked up a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category for their cover of METALLICA's "Whiplash", shutting out CRADLE OF FILTH ("Nymphetamine"), HATEBREED ("Live For This"), KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ("The End of Heartache") and SLIPKNOT ("Vermilion").

As previously reported, Led Zeppelin was also awarded the lifetime acheivement award.

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First Nine Acts For Download Festival Confirmed

Feeder, Black Sabbath, and System Of A Down will headline this year’s Download festival, with organisers confirming that the Donington event will be held over three days for the first time ever.

Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slayer and Slipknot will also play at the third annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.

Download organisers confirmed nine of the acts that are set to play over the weekend, with over 70 more expected to be announced in the coming months.

Garbage and Billy Idol join Feeder on the newly added Friday, as part of a bill which aims to broaden the musical scope of the festival by bringing in more ‘indie’ acts. Feeder singer Grant Nicholls enthused: “We are really excited about playing Download. This will be our biggest headline show yet and there's a bit of pressure on us to get the weekend off to a rocking start but we're used to playing on big stages and we'll put on a good show"

The following evening, Velvet Revolver and HIM will warm up for headliners Black Sabbath, the first time Ozzfest has been held since 2001. Topping the Sunday bill, prior to System Of A Down, will be Slipknot and Slayer to help close the festival in its true metal spirit!

As well as masses more bands, organisers have also promised to extend the fun of the festival to the campsite, adding a massive entertainment zone, featuring a cinema tent, a third stage bar and several campsite bars. Skate and BMX fans will be pleased to hear that the Soul Bowl will be back again and this year open until much later, with some very special guests appearing on stage.

Tickets for this year's three-day rock extravaganza went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday, 9 February) and are priced at £105 for a three-day ticket.

Camping tickets are to be purchased separately at a cost of £22.50, with hot showers and weekend car parking included. Festival goers purchasing three-day festival tickets but not wishing to camp will be able to purchase car parking for an additional £5 but only if the passes are purchased at the same time as the festival tickets. Car passes purchased on the day will costs £10.

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Velvet Revolver Confirms Vancouver Date

So far Velvet Revolver has only confirmed one date for their upcoming spring tour and it's at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC on March 31st (it's different from the previously announced April date). Tickets go on sale 9:30am this Saturday for $35.50, $47.50 and $65.50 (plus tax and service charge).

Other upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 08 Tokyo,Japan - Zepp
Feb. 09 Tokyo,Japan -Zepp
Feb. 17 Christchurch,NZ - Westpac Centre
Feb. 19 Auckland,NZ - Supertop at Ericsson Stadium
Feb. 21 Brisbane,AUS- Entertainment Centre
Feb. 23 Sydney,AUS - Hordern Pavilion
Feb. 24 Sydney,AUS - Hordern Pavilion
Feb. 26 Adelaide,AUS - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Feb. 27 Melbourne,AUS - Vodafone Arena More...

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Slash & Duff Answer Velvet Revolver Fan Questions

Slash and Duff McKagan from Velvet Revolver took time out from their hectic UK tour to answer Kerrang.com readers' questions about the new band, playing live, GN'R t-shirts at their gigs and the worst job they've ever had... Watch the video here.

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Metallica Not Contributing To Batman Soundtrack

A spokesperson at METALLICA's management company, Q Prime, has reportedly rejected an Internet report that METALLICA will appear on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie, "Batman Begins". The soundtrack is tentatively due to arrive in late May or early June. Other artists that were rumored to contribute new material to the soundtrack are GREEN DAY, VELVET REVOLVER, AUDIOSLAVE, CHEVELLE, PEARL JAM, FOO FIGHTERS, THE CURE and ex-JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro. A representative for GREEN DAY has since said reports of the trio's involvement in the project are "not true." "Batman Begins", which stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader in his early years, opens in theatres on June 17.

METALLICA has only contributed a new song to a film soundtrack once before, when they recorded "I Disappear" for 2000's "Mission: Impossible 2".

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Metal Featured On Batman Begins Soundstrack

Metallica, Velvet Revolver, Audioslave and Green Day are all expected to have songs included on the soundtrack album for the movie 'Batman Begins'. The record should be released in May/June.

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Download 2005 Aims For Three Days

Having previously programmed only Saturday and Sunday, the proposed expansion would make 2005 the biggest Download ever - with both weekend and day tickets being sold for the 60,000 capacity Donington Park event.

At present, the festival is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 11-12 June but according to a popular music weekly, organisers are hoping to run the event on Friday 10th as well. It is believed that Feeder have been approached to headline that day, followed by an Ozzy Osbourne-curated Ozzfest day on the Saturday. Word is, that Ozzy may re-form Black Sabbath to headline this day!

Other strong rumours doing the rounds include Velvet Revolver, Motley Crue, The Datsuns, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

System Of A Down have revealed via their own website that they will be playing on the Sunday, which is expected to be a more traditional metal line-up.

Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, on 11-12 June (and possibly the 10th). It is believed that tickets will go on sale in February.

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Velvet Revolver Announce Spring Tour Dates

Velvet Revolver are planning to head out on a full Spring US arena tour, and here are the dates.

Mar. 24 Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Garden
Mar. 25 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
Mar. 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Mar. 28 San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
Mar. 29 Phoenix, AZ @ America West
Mar. 31 Las Cruces, NM @ TBA
Apr. 1 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
Apr. 2 Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
Apr. 4 New Orleans, LA @ UNO Arena
Apr. 7 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Apr. 8 Tampa, FL @ TD Waterhouse
Apr. 9 Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Mem Arena
Apr. 11 Atlanta, GA @ Gwinett Center
Apr. 12 Charlotte, NC @ Cricket Arena
Apr. 14 Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
Apr. 15 Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
Apr. 16 New York City, NY @ TBA
Apr. 18 Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
Apr. 19 Detroit, MI @ Cobo/Palace Of Auburn Hills
Apr. 21 St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
Apr. 22 Milwaukee, WI @ US Cellular
Apr. 23 Minneapolis, MN @ Target
Apr. 25 Denver, CO @ Magness/Pepsi Center
Apr. 26 Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
Apr. 29 Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
Apr. 30 Seattle, WA @ Key Arena

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Velvet Revolver Go Down Under

Velvet Revolver are heading down under early next year, to play their first ever dates in Australia and New Zealand. These will take place from February 17 to March 2.

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Headline News

Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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47th Grammy Nominees Announced

The 2005 Grammy Nominations are in, and Cradle Of Filth, Killswitch Engage, Nickelback, and Slipknot are all in the hunt. The Nominations for BEST HARD ROCK and METAL performances are as follows:

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE:
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.) More...

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Weiland Remains Suspicious Of The Music Industry

Entertainment Weekly's Karen Valby hung out with the guys from Velvet Revolver on the road while on tour, but had troubles getting much out of frontman Scott Weiland, who doesn't do sound checks, meet and greets, and stays up alone most nights watching movies until 5 a.m. Asking the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman "What did you do today" prompted him to respond, "I did the same thing I usually do, which is just about nothing. Sit in my room... masturbate occasionally..." But he later managed to open up, talking about his drug troubles and his suspicion of the music industry. "It's easy to get trapped in that mode of being a quote-unquote rock star," Weiland said. "The industry wants you to stay young, you're living this fast life, everything's accesible. The rock & roll industry is built on junkies just like me. Look at this band -- we're a band of junkies, thieves, and vagabonds. The only difference is, we've figured out a way to grab ahold of ourselves and say enough's enough."

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Slash Says He Was Suicidal When He Left GNR

The Irish Examiner is reporting that legendary guitarist Slash considered suicide after watching Axl Rose record his vocals at the final Guns N' Roses recording session. The band recorded a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" in 1994 and by that point Rose wouldn't even look at Slash. The next day, Slash decided to leave the band.

Slash, who now plays with Velvet Revolver, recalls he went home to sleep, waking up two hours later. He says: "I was suicidal. If I'd had a gun with me at that time, I probably would have done myself in. "If I'd had a half-ounce of f**king heroin with me, I probably just would've gone. It was heavy. It was a headspace I'd never been in before.

"Somehow I managed to go back to sleep. Then, when I woke up later that morning, I made a decision. I felt the whole weight of the world drop."

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Velvet Revolver Add Another UK Show

Velvet Revolver have added yet another show (their fifth) in London to their growing list. This will be at the Hammersmith Apollo on January 10.

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Velvet Revolver To Reissue 'Contraband' w/ Covers

Velvet Revolver are to release a new version of their hugely successful debut album, 'Contraband', in America. This will happen later in November. The new version is to include the band's covers of 'No More No More' (Aerosmith), 'Surrender' (Cheap Trick) and 'Negative Creep' (Nirvana).

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Scott Weiland Is Happier Than Ever

Steve Morse of the Boston Globe caught up with Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland for a Q&A and asked if things had really turned around for him now that he's back with his wife and two children. "This has been the most happy time of my entire life," he said. "I figured out the only way to get my wife back was to stop focusing on getting my wife back and try to figure out who I was -- and that's when the process really began. I had been trying to follow the same footsteps of everybody who had gotten their [act] together through traditional mediums. And I don't need to name that process because everybody knows what I'm talking about. But in trying to do that, I was continuously banging my head against the wall... The thing with me is that I am an individual -- I'm a square peg who can't fit into a round hole. I was allowed by the courts to get into [a program] where I was turned onto this dude who was a lifetime junkie, and he happened to have a completely different philosophy than anyone I had ever met. He took little bits from every different philosophy to make his own. For me, that made sense. That was a new place to start from... And for whatever reason, I got to a point in my life where [heroin] is just something I can't conceive of doing again. I made a decision that that's not who I am anymore."

Read the full article at Boston Globe.

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