|Supergroup eyes spring tour, fall album
Many doubted that the potentially combustible combination of Scott Weiland and former members of Guns N' Roses could last more than one album, but Velvet Revolver are hoping to have the last laugh. Guitarist Slash says that, after a worldwide tour, the supergroup plans to get cracking on its second record in the fall.
"As soon as we get off the road, we want to start getting the next record done and get it out," he says. "We don't want to lose momentum."
The group already has plenty of material to follow up its 2004 chart-topping debut, Contraband. "We've got tapes and tapes of stuff that we've been writing at soundcheck," Slash says. "There should be more than an album's worth of material. And then there's all the stuff we wrote before we did the first record that we never really touched."
Slash also thinks that, with the orientation phase of the band over, their sophomore effort should come together more easily. "When we did this first record, it was like a bunch of kids in a sandbox all thrown in at one time," he says. "Now we've managed to play together as a band, grow as a band and get to know each other as a band."
Velvet Revolver's U.S. tour dates:
3/24: Centennial Gardens, Bakersfield, CA
3/25: Compaq/Bill Graham Civic Center, San Francisco
3/26: Forum, Los Angeles
3/28: Cox Arena, San Diego
3/29: America West, Phoenix
3/31: TBA, Las Cruces, NM
4/1: American Airlines Arena, Dallas
4/2: Reliant Arena, Houston
4/4: UNO Arena, New Orleans
4/7: American Airlines Arena, Miami
4/8: TD Waterhouse, Tampa
4/9: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville
4/11: Gwinett Center, Atlanta
4/12: Cricket Arena, Charlotte, NC
4/14: Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
4/15: Patriot Center, Washington, D.C.
4/16: TBA, New York City
4/18: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
4/19: Cobo/Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit
4/21: Savvis Center, St. Louis
4/22: US Cellular, Milwaukee, WI
4/23: Target, Minneapolis, MN
4/25: Magness/Pepsi Center, Denver
4/26: E Center, Salt Lake City, UT
4/29: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
4/30: Key Arena/Everette Arena, Seattle, WA
Other Slash / VR articles available online:
Slash: alive and riffing (telegraph.co.uk)
Slash: 'i'm a cartoon character' (contactmusic.com)
Slash keeps rocking for the money (contactmusic.com)