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June 17, 2004 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Just weeks after a Guns N' Roses greatest hits album stormed onto the national pop charts at No. 3, some former Guns members have captured the No. 1 spot with their new band, Velvet Revolver. That's all the more impressive when you consider that Guns leader Axl Rose isn't in this new band.
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May 24, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There are things that Slash just doesn't want to talk about. And the timing was definitely not right a few weeks ago as the guitarist was preparing for a trip to Cleveland for his induction with Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I don't even want to talk about that. I don't want to touch it," Slash said in April, his usual friendly demeanor turning cool at the mere mention of GNR. It was during a week of drama and uncertainty about the ceremony, which had peaked days earlier with the arrival of a confrontational open letter to the Hall of Fame from singer Axl Rose.
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June 3, 2004 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
The machine shop in industrial Burbank is nearly quiet on this April day. Inside is a clandestine rock star palace, where a new band plays with the volume turned low, working up an acoustic set beneath a ceiling of billowing red velvet. At the moment, almost no one has heard the band Velvet Revolver, or knows much about its upcoming album beyond the pedigree of its key members: Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, and singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The party was already plenty glam, especially for El Segundo. Tall, beautiful women everywhere. Free-flowing booze and plates of hot sausages. Rock stars from Velvet Revolver and the Village People. Lots of - maybe too much - leather. And then Gene Simmons appeared. It wasn't even just the fact that he appeared, it was how he did it - on a ledge high above his guests' heads in the concert hall-esque dining area of Rock & Brews, his new El Segundo restaurant. (This was before another spectacle later in the week where he professed on Twitter to have NOT endorsed Mitt Romney.
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May 5, 2007 | Greg Burk, Special to The Times
Velvet Revolver looked like a train rolling toward a rickety bridge when it loaded up four years ago. Supergroups aren't built to last, and fate offered few promises to the combination: three burnouts from a destructive/destroyed rock band (Guns N' Roses), plus the lead stoner of Stone Temple Pilots. At the Avalon on Thursday, though, V.R. warmed up for a tour promoting an imminent second album, "Libertad," and the omens were favorable.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2008 | Randy Lewis
There's nothing approaching an interband love song in the acrimonious missives shooting back and forth between Scott Weiland's current and former bands. After the singer's announcement this week that he plans to revive Stone Temple Pilots for the group's first tour in seven years, the other members of Velvet Revolver, the band he's been fronting in recent years, declared their intention to keep going without him. In turn, Weiland has dissed his Revolver cohorts as "a handful of discontents who at one time used to call themselves a gang," according to Billboard.
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April 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Scott Weiland has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was sentenced to eight days in jail. The rocker entered the plea through his attorney in L.A. County Superior Court on Monday. He also was sentenced to four years' probation and must take part in an 18-month alcohol program. Weiland, 40, came to fame in the 1990s as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, which regrouped this month after Weiland split from Velvet Revolver. Stone Temple Pilots are scheduled to embark on a 65-city tour May 17. Weiland must serve his jail time by May 28.
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November 26, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Following the firing of singer and songwriter Scott Weiland earlier this year from Velvet Revolver, remaining members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner have opted out of their recording contract with RCA Records so they can continue searching for a replacement for Weiland. "Their sole focus has been, and continues to be, finding the singer-songwriter who will stand alongside them," band manager Carl Stubner said in a statement issued Tuesday, the same day Weiland's solo album, " 'Happy' in Galoshes," was released.
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June 23, 2003 | Geoff Boucher
Is there a new monster of rock hiding within the soundtrack for "The Hulk"? The CD of the music from the film hits the charts this week, and while 18 of 19 tracks are devoted to Danny Elfman's typically creepy and polished score work, the 19th and final song is an intriguing one to heavy metal fans because it represents the debut of Velvet Revolver.
NEWS
June 26, 2003 | Heidi Siegmund Cuda
Scott Weiland cemented his rock god status at last week's Velvet Revolver show at the El Rey Theatre. Backed by the boys of Guns N' Roses, the super-sexy singer channeled Johnny Rotten, Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison -- and all in the first two songs. And the uber-group had more than the hit "Hulk" song "Set Me Free" in its arsenal. They thrashed their way through the Stone Temple Pilots' "Sex Type Thing" before launching into a blazing performance of GNR's "It's So Easy."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Following the firing of singer and songwriter Scott Weiland earlier this year from Velvet Revolver, remaining members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner have opted out of their recording contract with RCA Records so they can continue searching for a replacement for Weiland. "Their sole focus has been, and continues to be, finding the singer-songwriter who will stand alongside them," band manager Carl Stubner said in a statement issued Tuesday, the same day Weiland's solo album, " 'Happy' in Galoshes," was released.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Scott Weiland has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was sentenced to eight days in jail. The rocker entered the plea through his attorney in L.A. County Superior Court on Monday. He also was sentenced to four years' probation and must take part in an 18-month alcohol program. Weiland, 40, came to fame in the 1990s as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, which regrouped this month after Weiland split from Velvet Revolver. Stone Temple Pilots are scheduled to embark on a 65-city tour May 17. Weiland must serve his jail time by May 28.
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April 20, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
MATT SORUM not only learned how to play drums by emulating Keith Moon, the enigmatic drummer for the Who. He also took cues from the dandified madman about how to dress like a rock star. "I was a kid in the '70s, and I loved the flamboyancy of the era," says Sorum, who's done stints in Guns N' Roses and the Cult and now hard-rock supergroup Velvet Revolver. "When he got successful, Keith Moon rolled down to Savile Row to get a suit, but it was cut differently.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2008 | Randy Lewis
There's nothing approaching an interband love song in the acrimonious missives shooting back and forth between Scott Weiland's current and former bands. After the singer's announcement this week that he plans to revive Stone Temple Pilots for the group's first tour in seven years, the other members of Velvet Revolver, the band he's been fronting in recent years, declared their intention to keep going without him. In turn, Weiland has dissed his Revolver cohorts as "a handful of discontents who at one time used to call themselves a gang," according to Billboard.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2007 | Greg Burk, Special to The Times
Velvet Revolver looked like a train rolling toward a rickety bridge when it loaded up four years ago. Supergroups aren't built to last, and fate offered few promises to the combination: three burnouts from a destructive/destroyed rock band (Guns N' Roses), plus the lead stoner of Stone Temple Pilots. At the Avalon on Thursday, though, V.R. warmed up for a tour promoting an imminent second album, "Libertad," and the omens were favorable.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2005 | Lina Lecaro, Special to The Times
Considering its members' tempestuous pasts and illustrious musical pedigrees and a platinum-selling debut CD that continues to stand out amid record racks filled with dance pop, hip-hop and revisionist new wave, one would expect Velvet Revolver to be a bracing powerhouse onstage. The seasoned bad-boys show at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on Saturday cranked up the sonic intensity, all right, but so much so that it overpowered not only the band's singer but the room itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2005 | Lina Lecaro, Special to The Times
Considering its members' tempestuous pasts and illustrious musical pedigrees and a platinum-selling debut CD that continues to stand out amid record racks filled with dance pop, hip-hop and revisionist new wave, one would expect Velvet Revolver to be a bracing powerhouse onstage. The seasoned bad-boys show at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on Saturday cranked up the sonic intensity, all right, but so much so that it overpowered not only the band's singer but the room itself.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The party was already plenty glam, especially for El Segundo. Tall, beautiful women everywhere. Free-flowing booze and plates of hot sausages. Rock stars from Velvet Revolver and the Village People. Lots of - maybe too much - leather. And then Gene Simmons appeared. It wasn't even just the fact that he appeared, it was how he did it - on a ledge high above his guests' heads in the concert hall-esque dining area of Rock & Brews, his new El Segundo restaurant. (This was before another spectacle later in the week where he professed on Twitter to have NOT endorsed Mitt Romney.
NEWS
June 17, 2004 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Just weeks after a Guns N' Roses greatest hits album stormed onto the national pop charts at No. 3, some former Guns members have captured the No. 1 spot with their new band, Velvet Revolver. That's all the more impressive when you consider that Guns leader Axl Rose isn't in this new band.
NEWS
June 3, 2004 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
The machine shop in industrial Burbank is nearly quiet on this April day. Inside is a clandestine rock star palace, where a new band plays with the volume turned low, working up an acoustic set beneath a ceiling of billowing red velvet. At the moment, almost no one has heard the band Velvet Revolver, or knows much about its upcoming album beyond the pedigree of its key members: Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, and singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.
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