Music The Tattoo

Giving rock a Velvet touch

BARRINGTON, Illinois, U.S.A. — In early June of 2003 the music charts were as usual full of hip hop and R&B music. But, to everyone’s surprise, a band arose called Velvet Revolver.

If you like bands like Godsmack and enjoyed the early days of Guns N’ Roses and Stone Temple Pilots, you’ll definitely enjoy this band’s sense of rock.

The band consists of old Guns N’ Roses members including Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums).

Scott Weiland, ex lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, joined the band as their lead singer early last year.

The band’s debut album, Contraband, hit stores this summer and rose with hit singles like “Slither,” featuring Slash’s original guitar sound back in the Guns N’ Roses days, and their newest, “Fall to Pieces.”

Fans everywhere are enjoying the music, and for the first time in years, there is a Top 10 hard rock hit on the charts.

There were many strong reviews about the band’s album that ripped on singer Scott Weiland’s voice. Writers criticized him about his singing, but the band pulled together and released another video on VH1, “Fall to Pieces,” after their original video, “Slither.”

I enjoy Velvet Revolver like I do Guns N’ Roses. I think it’s good to have more rock on the charts and get people to stop singling out rock bands over hip hop groups.

There isn’t a date set for their another album, but rumors are already flying about a new video for the next hit.

Kellie Maloney is a Reporter for Youth Journalism International.

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