Saturday, November 15, 2008

RIP Velvet Revolver 2003-2008

Blabbermouth.Net has received word from a reliable source that RCA Records (a Sony BMG label) has dropped Velvet Revolver, the band featuring former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.

VR released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004's Contraband, which has sold 1.98 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; and its follow-up, Libertad, which has shifted 301,000 units in the U.S. since its July 2007 release.

Velvet Revolver has been looking for a new frontman since dismissing Scott Weiland back in April. Rumored candidates have included ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, former MTV VJ Steve Isaacs (The Panic Channel) and ex-Spacehog vocalist Royston Langdon, who apparently had several successful rehearsal sessions with the band.

Weiland reunited with his previous act, Stone Temple Pilots, and has spent the last few months on the road with them.

In a recent interview with, Weiland said about the split with his previous band, "Velvet Revolver fell apart because there were too many big egos in the band — and I'm including myself. It wasn't necessarily about bad egos, just big egos, and unfortunately, it just mistakenly kind of eroded."


Since VR's hunt for a new singer was essentially to fulfill the band's commitment to it's label to produce a third album, I would say that this development officially marks the end of VR's existence.


-Mack Arillo


Anonymous said... is now streaming 'better' on demand

Mack Arillo said...

Thanks. Listening now. Can't wait for the video.

Anonymous said...

mack, do u really REALLY believe there will be a reunion?!...Wishful thinking doesn't count! ;)


Anonymous said...

about VR breaking up. Really: i don't give a f****.
2 albums, 16 plus tracks and only 1 great song: slither, precisely.

I was happy for duff and slash that they found their way to keep going and doing music - but really, i listened to both albums and can't stand it to hear it more than 1 time, every now and then.

About the reunion & steven's statement: i think it's pretty self-explanatory that the guy is doing drugs. But it really is sad that so talented and gifted musicians that just do magic together can't actually be ...together.