‘Tis the era of Rock Supergroups my friends.(**) First Chris Cornell fronts up what’s left of Rage Against the Machine, now Scott Weiland manages to stay out of rehab long enough to stumble up to the microphone for the remains of Guns and Roses. The new band is called Velvet Revolver, and I’ve come across their new single twice this week – once on “Headbanger’s Ball” and then last night on The Late Show with David Letterman.
I really liked the single “Slither” when I first heard it – it was a lot heavier than I was expecting, and not too derivative of either of the former bands’ music. It was less impressive live. Scott Weiland looked like HELL – I know, big surprise. His arms are the same diameter from his wrists to his shoulders. Eeech! I’ve always liked Weiland’s voice, but it didn’t seem *quite* up to the task last night – it broke in a couple of spots and drifted off key. It’s nice to hear that Slash is still playing the same guitar solo after all these years though.
But my favorite part is when Duff goes…… “eh!”
What IS that??
Anyway, I don’t want to judge them on the basis of one song and one talk show appearance. (It’s tough get up on stage at 5:30 in the afternoon, do one song, and come off sounding good.) I’m interested enough to want to hear more of the album, which is more than I expected to be.
Dr. Dave (doctorsilence.blogspot.com)
(**) Heck, Sammy Hagar is even back in Van Halen again!!