Velvet Revolver Tour Report From Vancouver, BC
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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.
Supporting Velvet Revolver was Three Days Grace from Norwood, Ontario. 3DG has been in Vancouver several times over the past couple of years, opening up for bands like Theory of a Deadman and Nickelback. I’ve caught them before at a headlining show about a year and a half ago when I won passes from a local radio station. 3DG probably isn’t the most fitting opening band for VR, but perhaps a bit more suiting than Hoobastank. To me, 3DG’s post-grunge sounds like a simpler, water-downed Finger Eleven. Frontman Adam Gontier’s singing and screaming even sounds similar to Finger Eleven’s Scott Anderson. However, they weren’t bad as far as opening bands are concerned. They got a small mosh pit going on the floor and they did pump up and prep the crowd for Velvet Revolver. 3DG played mostly songs from their self-titled album, plus a new song, which doesn’t detour too much from their style, but sounded somewhat catchier and more mainstream. What was really annoying was guitarist Barry Stock ran an electric drill up and down his guitar. He did the same thing the last time I saw them, except this time was shorter and he didn’t play any of the ear-piercingly high notes.
Three Days Grace set list:
Just Like You
Now or Never
I Hate Everything About You
I was willing to shell out $75 for my ticket even though I wasn’t familiar with most of Velvet Revolver’s music and I didn’t exactly like what I have heard. I guess I was just curious to see what the hype over this supergroup was about. In less than 2 hours, the band proved that rock music isn’t dead. The music was still louder and heavier than I had expected, but still falls short of being Ozzfest material. The crowd reaction was nuts, especially when the band played some old GnR and STP material. The sound quality wasn’t all that great. It was hard to hear the guitars at times over the other instruments. Scott Weiland sounded a bit nasally and more high-pitched than usual. Sometimes, he would sing through a megaphone, which only made him sound incoherent. Scott Weiland makes a great frontman, both energetic and charismatic. In the middle of the show, he made a somewhat boring rant about how commericialized and corporate pop music, like Britney Spears, is and about how corporations call us “consumers” whereas VR calls us “rock and roll fans.” But what puzzled me was the $75 they charged fans to go see them live. As incredible as Slash is with his solos and riffs, I wouldn’t exactly say he was the best guitarist out there. There was a huge backdrop with “Rock n Fucking Roll” on it at the beginning of the show that was then replaced by a sign that flashed “Vel-vet Revol-ver” in attempts to get the audience to chant along with it for an encore, but hardly anyone did. The band came out for an encore twice anyways, with Slash donning his signature hat. Overall, it was a great show and the band lived up to the hype.
Velvet Revolver set list:
Sucker Train Blues
Do It For the Kids
Fall to Pieces
Dirty Little Thing
It’s So Easy
Sex Type Thing
Set Me Free
You Got No Right
Used to Love Her
Star Star (Rolling Stones cover)
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