|Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan has declined to participate in the upcoming VH1 documentary covering the early days of GUNS N' ROSES, BLABBERMOUTH.NET has exclusively learned. McKagan's non-participation in the "Behind the Music"-style show leaves Slash (guitars) and Steven Adler (drums) as the only original members of the group who have opted to actively co-operate with the show's producers. As previously reported, other people that are expected to contribute to the project are Tom Zutaut (former A&R executive at Geffen Records), Josh Richman (video director), Teddy Andreadis (keyboard player), Dave Navarro (JANE'S ADDICTION, ex-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Warren De Martini (ex-RATT), Gilby Clark (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) and Mike Clink (GNR producer). The documentary is scheduled to air first week in June, followed a week later by "The Making of Velvet Revolver", a behind-the-scenes look at how Slash and Duff's new band, VELVET REVOLVER, got constructed, from the songwriting process to the singer search and studio sessions. More information will be made available soon.
Velvet Revolver will be featured on a show called Frontline on PBS on Thursday May 27th:
Episode: (#2214) - "The Way the Music Died"
The documentary tells its story through the aspirations and experiences of four artists: veteran musician David Crosby, songwriter/producer Mark Hudson whose daughter, Sarah, is about to release her first single and album and a new rock band, Velvet Revolver, composed of former members of the bands Guns 'n' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots, whose first album will be released in June 2004. But how will these artists fare at a time when the music industry is clearly hurting?