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VELVET REVOLVER READY TO START REVOLUTION

The members of Velvet Revolver have taken on a huge task -- to start a revolution in music. The group's debut album Contraband is due June 8th, and frontman Scott Weiland told us that he's ready for some changes in the world around him: "I think it's just time for a movement. I think it's time for a revolution. I just think it's time for art to start happening. I'm excited for art, I'm excited for music, I'm excited for life, I'm excited for rock-and-roll. It's just time."


The band echoed these statements at a press conference in Toronto last Friday (May 21st). According to the Canadian Press, bassist Duff McKagan said that for the past few years, he's heard from young people who said, "Our generation doesn't have a rock band. We don't have rock-and-roll...There's a whole new young generation that's just starving for something that's pure and unadulterated." McKagan said the consolidation in the record business is the cause of "all these pop paint-by-numbers garbage (groups)," and he named Nickelback and Creed as among the guilty. He added, "There will be revolt at some point and there will be change."

Lead guitarist Slash also said, "Rock-and-roll is about a sense of freedom. When the corporate (people) get a hold of it, it becomes very contained, very predictable. It loses its human edge."

Velvet Revolver's next show is tonight (Wednesday, May 26th) at Roseland in New York City.

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