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March 5, 2005

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Rock supergroup Velvet Revolver will graduate to arena-level shows on its spring tour, which begins March 19 in Phoenix and will run through May 25 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

During a short break in mid-April, the quintet will begin preproduction work on its sophomobe RCA album, which it hopes to have ready for a Christmas release.

The tour comes in support of Velvet Revolver’s debut album, “Contraband,” which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.62 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Third single “Dirty Little Thing” is currently No. 8 on Billboard’s airplay-based Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

“The crowd is becoming more aware of the material as time goes by,” guitarist Slash told Billboard.

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