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Velvet Revolver began with a spring 2002 jam session that reunited ex-Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) on-stage. With the discovery that their chemistry was still going strong, the trio began pushing around some new music and auditioning singers for what became known as "the Project." Early entries included ex-Buckcherry shouter Josh Todd and Neurotica's Kelly Shaefer; both became acquainted with the cutting room floor. By early 2003, the existence of "the Project" -- and its quest for a singer -- was common knowledge, so much so that VH1 sent cameras to document the search. Dave Kushner (Wasted Youth, Dave Navarro) also joined up as second guitarist. Troubled STP-er Scott Weiland came on board next. He and the band clicked immediately and recorded a hyper piece of glitter metal for the Hulk soundtrack called "Set Me Free." By June, "the Project" had been renamed Velvet Revolver, and Weiland was officially made its lead singer, though possession charges stemming from a May bust were still outstanding. The band signed a deal with RCA and spent the rest of 2003 fitting in gigs and recording sessions around Weiland's court-ordered rehab. RCA next announced an April 2004 release for Contraband, Velvet Revolver's full-length debut; the date was then pushed to May, and finally to June. That spring, Weiland labored through court dates and recovery as Slash and Duff did advance press for Contraband, and fan anticipation for the album grew. VR also released the single "Slither," a rabid, ambitious rocker guided by Slash's signature guitar sound. The single sidled steadily up the active rock charts, and when Contraband finally dropped, it was to general appreciation for its mix of STP and GNR signatures and its surprising turn toward hedonistic maturity. Velvet Revolver's sophomore effort, Libertad, followed in 2007. In December 2015, Weiland was found dead in Bloomington, Minnesota, while on tour with his then-band, the Wildabouts. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Stations Featuring
Velvet Revolver

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    2 songs

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    1 song

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    1 song

Albums by
Velvet Revolver

Top Songs by
Velvet Revolver

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Slither
  3.   Fall to Pieces
  4.   She Builds Quick Machines
  5.   Loving the Alien
  6.   Dirty Little Thing
  7.   Set Me Free
  8.   Money
  9.   The Last Fight
  10.   American Man
  11.   Gas & A Dollar Laugh
  12.   Can't Get You out of My Head
  13.   Tierra Roja, Sangre Roja
  14.   Sucker Train Blues
  15.   [Video]
  16.   Big Machine
  17.   She Mine
  18.   Come On, Come In
  19.   Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  20.   Spectacle
  21.   Gravedancer
  22.   Headspace
  23.   Pills, Demons & Etc.
  24.   Re-Evolution: Making of Libertad
  25.   Let It Roll
  26.   Surrender
  27.   Bodies
  28.   You Got No Right
  29.   Do It for the Kids
  30.   Used To Love Her
  31.   Sex Type Thing
  32.   It's So Easy
  33.   Illegal I
  34.   Making of Libertad
  35.   Just Sixteen
  36.   Spay
  37.   Get Out The Door
  38.   Illegal i Song
  39.   Superhuman
  40.   Negative Creep
  41.   No More, No More
  42.   For a Brother
  43.   Crackerman
  44.   Psycho Killer
  45.   Can't Get It Out Of My Head
  46.   Mary Mary
  47.   Best of Both Worlds
  48.   Introduction featuring Amanda Thompson
  49.   Origins featuring Amanda Thompson
  50.   Rock Infamy featuring Amanda Thompson
  51.   Break and Rejuvenate featuring Amanda Thompson
  52.   Singer Required, Apply Within featuring Amanda Thompson
  53.   Shooting from the Hip featuring Amanda Thompson
  54.   A Sight to Behold featuring Amanda Thompson
  55.   Uppers and Uppers featuring Amanda Thompson
  56.   Shooting Up featuring Amanda Thompson
  57.   Here to Stay featuring Amanda Thompson

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