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A blast of Velvet Revolver


Velvet Revolver may look like a “super group,” an amalgam of pieces of several different top rocking bands of the past decade. But with the success of its debut album, “Contraband,” which has spawned the hits “Slither” and “Fall to Pieces,” Velvet Revolver may be around for a while. The visit by Velvet Revolver to Alltel Arena on Sunday, Oct. 31, with three other heavy rocking outfits marks the first appearance in Arkansas for former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and former Guns N’ Roses members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). The fifth member of the band is Dave Kushner, a guitarist formerly with Dave Navarro’s band and Wasted Youth. Joining the high-powered headliner will be Los Angeles-based Earshot, with two hit albums under its belt, and New Yorkers Chevelle and Shinedown. Showtime is 6 p.m., and all seats are $35. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, through charge-by-phone at 975-7575, or at the arena box office (975-9000). Slash, Duff and Sorum put a band together nearly three years ago for a benefit concert, liked how that worked out, then found Weiland available last year when STP broke up. The band still had to deal with Weiland’s court troubles and rehab involving heroin possession over the past year before getting the record out, then getting out on tour in May. Weiland and STP were label as a grunge band early on, but had more elements of glam in later albums, while G-n-R was rocking metal. Velvet Revolver has blended glam and metal. “The album, I think, is a modern picture of what rock ’n’ roll is now,” said Sorum, the band’s drummer. “We’ve taken it and moved it forward. It doesn’t sound old school.”


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