Velvet Revolver Biography

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Velvet Revolver is an American hard rock super group that formed in 2002. It’ is composed of members that came from other well known bands.

Its guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum came from the band Guns N’ Roses while vocalist Scott Weiland came from Stone Temple Pilots and guitarist Dave Kushner from the punk band Wasted Youth.

Velvet Revolver was formed when the three former Guns N’ Roses members decided to put up a new band when they played together at a benefit concert for a fellow musician in 2002.

The new band initially decided to go with the temporary name of "The Project" as they went on to look for other members to complete the line up. The trio eventually settled with Dave Kushner on rhythm guitar. Their search for a vocalist was filmed by VH1 and was aired as a documentary. A number of lead singers were approached and auditioned, with the position finally going to Scott Weiland.

In 2003, the new band started doing live performances and recorded its first track entitled "Set Me Free" for the soundtrack of the movie, Hulk. The band also did a cover of "Money" by Pink Floyd that eventually became a part of the soundtrack for the movie The Italian Job. They recorded their first album, Contraband, on the latter part of 2003.

Contraband was released in June of 2004 and debuted at the tops spot on the Billboard Album Charts for selling over 250,000 copies on its first week of release. The album produced two hit singles with "Slither" and "Fall to Pieces". The first single went on to the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart and at number 5 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. The band then went on a rigorous touring schedule spanning the globe in order to promote the album. As of August 2005, the album has sold over two million copies in the US alone.

The second studio album from the band, Libertad, was released on July of 2007. The release of the second album took more than a year since the band started planning it late in 2005. The album debuted at fifth spot on the US Billboard 200 on sales of 92,000 copies during its first week of release. The band went on tour with Aerosmith in South America in order to promote the album. They followed it up with a tour around North American clubs and major music festivals. By august of the same year, the album was able to sell 172,000 copies.

In March of 2004, the band was offered to stand in for the Van Halen induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band played with Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist Sammy Hagar doing a medley of popular Van Halen songs during the induction ceremony.