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

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