|GN'R and Velvet Revolver mentions in Revolver magazine March 2004 Issue No. 23:
THE 25 MOST TERRIFYINGLY GOOD LIVE BANDS OF ALL TIME!
Some are young, some are old, some are no more. Some are metal, some punk rock, some just straight-up rock. But despite these differences there's one thing that binds Revolver's picks for the greatest bands to ever hit a stage: Going to their shows could - and usually would - change your life.
02 SYSTEM OF A DOWN
06 MARILYN MANSON
09 LAMB OF GOD
10 LED ZEPPELIN
11 GUNS N' ROSES
Forget the bloated, backup-singer-assisted Use Your Illusion tour. Forget Axl Rose's embarrassing kilts, his infantile onstage tantrums, and the riots he triggered by storming off (or not even bothering to appear in the first place). Forget the current quasi-Village People incarnation that continues to drag the GN'R legacy through the mud. Remember instead the golden years of 1986 to 1990, when the original lineup of Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Steven Adler laid waste to all comers with a live attack that was equal parts punk fury, Sunset Strip decadence, and ragged gypsy charm. MTV really, really needs to release GN'R's breakthrough 1988 Headbanger's Ball concert on DVD - filmed at New York City's Ritz just as Appetite for Destruction was beginning to climb the charts, the band's performance was so gloriously bad-ass, it caused thousands of aspiring metal dudes to immediately ditch their hair-spray and pointy headstocks for tattoos and Les Pauls. D.E. (DAN EPSTEIN)
SHOOT TO THRILL
VELVET REVOLVER, featuring ex-Guns N' Roses members and STP's Scott Weiland, start making tracks.
Despite vocalist Scott Weiland's recent return to six months of court-ordered, lockdown rehab, Velvet Revolver - the buzz band uniting Weiland with Guns N' Roses alumni Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums), plus guitarist Dave Kushner (ex-Suicidal Tendencies) - are close to completing their untitled debut, slated for a March release. The group is rehearsing at Weiland's plush, Moroccan-themed facility in Burbank, California (the singer is allowed out for short periods to work on the album), while tracking is taking place at Hollywood's Pulse Studios, with Josh Abraham (Staind, Orgy) at the controls. Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Slayer) will mix the disc.
Although the album is littered with G n' R and STP signatures, it's no nostalgia trip - and it's certainly not "Guns N' Pilots." Weiland credits Kushner for keeping the new band sounding fresh: "Dave is really into sonic treatments. He brings an element that's ever-changing, new, refreshing. Add that to full-throttle, no-holds-barred, grain-alcohol-fueled rock and roll and you kinda have what we're about."
The bulk of the disc is as aggressive as the band's single, "Set Me Free," which was first heard on the Hulk and Italian Job soundtracks. "Fall to Pieces" is an epic ballad with monster hooks, and "Slither" is an ominous midtempo track featuring a classic G n' R groove, touches of Rhodes piano, and Weiland sounding more like a rock god than ever.
The band adamantly denies accusations that the venture is a cynical business move to cash in on past glories. VR are no one-off project ("We signed a three-record deal!" says Kushner, laughing), and, despite all the stars involved, democracy prevails. "There's no dictators," says Slash.
"I don't feel like a rich rock star that's formed a supergroup," says Weiland. "I feel like an 18-year-old forming my first garage band. It's like a gang, and that's what I needed."