It's another unseasonably hot summer day in Burbank, California. But inside a small rehearsal and recording studio on the city's industrial outskirts, five musicians are staying remarkably cool, even as they rack their brains to remember how to play a new song they're practicing.
As previously reported, Velvet Revolver will be reuniting with singer Scott Weiland for a one-off performance at an upcoming charity gig in honor of late songwriter John O'Brien. The concert, titled 'Love You Madly: A Concert for John O’Brien,' will take place on January 12 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
It's now a common piece of rock and roll lore than Zakk Wylde once auditioned to join Slash in Guns N' Roses during the mid '90s. While the band ultimately decided that a two lead-player approach wouldn't work, it's fun to think about what the band would have sounded like with those two sharing guitar duties -- and apparently Zakk agrees.
The remaining members of Velvet Revolver -- Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Dave Kushner -- are set to reunite with former lead singer Scott Weiland for a one-off charity gig in honor of the late songwriter John O’Brien.
In a move that will only add fire to the speculation around Guns N' Roses upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it has been announced that Duff McKagan's Loaded will be opening for GNR on two upcoming U.S. tour dates.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I'd certainly feel pretty good if Jimmy Page went out of his way to shoot a video message to me on my 30th birthday. And that's exactly what the legendary guitarist did for Metallica, along with an impressive list of fellow musicians, including Slash, Aerosmith, Rush, Tom Morello, Slash, Green Day, Sammy Hagar, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kerry King and more.
In conjunction with the release of Slash's new live album, Made In Stoke 24/7/11, Eagle Rock Entertainment has posted a free download of a live video for "Back from Cali," which was featured on Slash's eponymous debut solo album. You can download the video from the widget below.
That Metal Show will be airing a lengthy interview with Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose tonight, November 11, on VH1 Classic. Clips of the show have already been posted around the Internet to build anticipation, and the one below is particularly interesting.