News Segment


July 11, 2007

NEW YORK — Velvet Revolver ushered visceral rockback into the top of the Billboard album charts this week with the July 3release of their second CD Libertad (RCA Records). The album debuts at #5on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart amidst a field of rap, pop and countrymusic. This is the second Top 5 debut for the band and the first single,”She Builds Quick Machines,” has been dominating the rock charts, hittingthe Top 3 at Active Rock and Top 4 at Mainstream Rock.

“Libertad proves that big rawk is alive and well; it’s the perfectsoundtrack for cruising to the beach with the windows down and the knobcranked to 11,” reviewed Time Out New York. ” … break out your airguitars, and bask in the glory of Libertad,” advised Entertainment Weekly.

“Libertad might just be THE rock record of the summer,” declaredAssociated Press.

The band is Scott Weiland (lead vocals), Slash (guitars), Dave Kushner(guitars), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). The members eachbring a wealth of rock history to the band: Weiland fronted Stone TemplePilots, Slash, McKagan and Sorum were the heart of Guns N’ Roses, andKushner hails from the LA rock scene, including Wasted Youth.

Produced by Brendan O’Brien, Libertad is the follow-up to Contraband,VR’s debut album, released in June 2004, which earned three million insales worldwide and was awarded a Grammy for the lead track, “Slither.”

Libertad is the Spanish term for both liberty and freedom. It reflectsthe album’s lyrical nod to the eternal struggle for both personal andsocial freedoms.

“She Builds Quick Machine” is supported by a video directed by DeanKarr and produced by Arthur Gorson. Monte Hellman, well known for his earlywesterns, “Two Lane Blacktop” and his involvement in “Reservoir Dogs,” alsoconsulted on the ambitious production. In the spaghetti western-styledvideo VR Velvet Revolver rescue the Angel of Liberty from evil.

“They’re fresh and fierce,” declared Los Angeles Times. ” …thoroughly vital enterprise,” added USA Today.

“Velvet Revolver proved to a sold-out crowd that, in just three yearsof existence, it’s outgrown the ‘Supergroup’ label and deserves to berecognized as a blistering rock band on its own terms,” noted TheWashington Post.

Inveterate road warriors, Velvet Revolver performed in South America,Europe and on theater trek across the U.S. to warm up before the release.They will take off on a more extensive tour of the U.S.A. starting August 5in Baltimore for Virgin Fest, running through to October.

Alice in Chains will provide support for Velvet Revolver dates exceptAugust 5, 6 and 8.

Tour dates are:
Aug. 5 – Baltimore, MD@ Pimlico Race Course
Aug. 6 – Verona, NY@ Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Aug. 8 – Sturgis, SD@ Buffalo Chip Campground
Aug. 11 – Montreal, QC@ Bell Centre
Aug. 12 – Toronto, ON@ Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 – Mansfield, MA@ Tweeter Center
Aug. 16 – Darien, NY@ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17 – Holmdel, NJ@ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 18 – Wantagh, NY@ Nikon at Jones Beach
Aug. 20 – Camden, NJ@ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Aug. 21 – Uncasville, CT@ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 23 – Saratoga, NY@ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24 – Scranton, PA@ Toyota Pavilion
Aug. 25 – Atlantic City, NJ@ Borgata Hotel and Casino
Aug. 27 – Clarkston, MI@ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 28 – Tinley Park, IL@ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 – St. Paul, MN@ Xcel Energy Center
Sep. 8 – Vancouver, BC@ Pacific Coliseum
Sep. 11 – Santa Barbara, CA@ Santa Barbara Bowl
Sep. 12 – Fresno, CA@ Sell and Arena
Sep. 14 – Concord, CA@ Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Sep. 15 – Marysville, CA@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sep. 16 – Chula Vista, CA@ Coors Amphitheatre
Sep. 18 – Phoenix, AZ@ Cricket Pavilion
Sep. 20 – Irvine, CA@ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sep. 21 – Las Vegas, NV@ Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sep. 22 – Tucson, AZ@ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Sep. 24 – Englewood, CO@ Coors Amphitheatre
Sep. 25 – Albuquerque, NM@ Journal Pavilion
Sep. 27 – Dallas, TX@ Smirnoff Music Centre
Sep. 28 – Spring, TX@ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 2 – Pelham, AL@ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Oct. 3 – Atlanta, GA@ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Oct. 5 – Mobile, AL@ Bayfest
Oct. 6 – Tampa, FL@ Ford Amphitheatre
Oct. 7 – West Palm Beach, FL@ Sound Advice Amphitheater
Oct. 9 – Southaven, MS@ Snowden Grove Park

Check Velvet Revolver’s website for more tour details:

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