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Velvet Revolver in Los Angeles (With Photo Gallery)

By Charlie Steffens aka Gnarly Charlie, Writer/Photographer
Thursday, May 10, 2007 @ 6:41 AM


At The Avalon in Hollywood, CA

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Gasconading the kind of swagger and sleazy grandeur that only a band of its caliber could, Velvet Revolver trounced The Avalon, throwing a homecoming fuck into a bemused LA audience that won’t soon be forgotten.

To break away from the overly technical, serious, politically charged, raspy-throated screaming of extreme underground metal and see a good, “nothing but a good time” rock and roll show in an intimate club setting like The Avalon was a cool change. When the band took the stage and ripped into “Let it Roll” the house was theirs.

A noticeably fit, wide awake Scott Weiland exuberantly worked the stage, singing his ass off while gyrating and thrusting Jaggeresquely. Slash’s guitar soloing was stellar.

After playing a set which included five new songs and a blistering version of STP’s “Vasoline,” Weiland spoke for a few minutes about his brother’s untimely death due to substance abuse. During the making of the forthcoming album Libertad, both he and Matt Sorum lost their brothers to similar circumstances. Weiland expressed that through the tragedy came further inspiration to complete the album. In dedication for the departed brothers the band played a very soulful cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” They followed the emotional interlude with the Guns N' Roses classic “Used To Love Her.” Velvet Revolver then turned the irritating Talking Heads song “Psycho Killer” into an all out rocker and solidly closed the set with “Slither.”

It’s amazing that nearly every member of this supergroup used to be a walking dead man. They’re living at full volume and intensity, playing as good or better than they ever did. And they didn’t go on three hours late.

SETLIST

  • Let It Roll
  • Do It for the Kids
  • Sucker Train
  • The Last Fight
  • Superhuman
  • She Mine
  • Fall to Pieces
  • Just Sixteen
  • Vasoline
  • Get Out the Door
  • She Builds Quick Machines
  • Set Me Free
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Used to Love Her
  • Psycho Killer
  • Slither

Click on the thumbnail shots for the full-size pictures.















Photos © 2007 by Gnarlyfotos.com



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