Velvet Revolver is a hard rock supergroup with three former members of Guns N' Roses — Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum (who also played with rock bands Hawk and The Cult) — plus Scott Weiland, the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots
Velvet Revolver was formed when three former members of Guns N' Roses, Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) joined to play a benefit concert for fellow musician Randy Castillo in 2002.
Velvet Revolver - Slither
They subsequently decided to form a new band that would bring the spirit of rock back to the mainstream. Izzy Stradlin was initially invited to be the band's rhythm guitarist, but both Stradlin and the band decided against this due to his aversion to lead singers and life on the road.
The band recruited guitarist Dave Kushner, who had previously played with Wasted Youth and Dave Navarro.
Velvet Revolver - She Builds Quick Machines
Kushner had attended school with Slash and had worked with McKagan in Loaded, the band in which he played before joining Velvet Revolver. The quartet were referred to under the temporary name "The Project" for a short period pending the selection of a permanent title for this emerging supergroup.
Velvet Revolver - Come on Come In
The quartet then set about recruiting a lead singer, with VH1 filming the recruitment process. The resulting documentary was aired as VH1 Inside Out: The Rise of Velvet Revolver. A number of lead singers auditioned, including Canadian Todd Kerns (formerly of Age of Electric), Josh Todd (of Buckcherry), Michael Matijevic (of Steelheart), Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row), Kelly Shaefer (of Atheist/Neurotica), Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge), who declined any invitation, and Travis Meeks (of Days of the New) but were unsuccessful. Reportedly, ex-Faith No More singer Mike Patton was also approached early in the process, but he declined the offer to front the band. Scott Weiland had become friends with McKagan and had played on the same bill as Kushner when Stone Temple Pilots were known as Mighty Joe Young and Kushner was in Electric Love Hogs. Weiland heard the material and offered his services as the lead singer and the band clicked.
Velvet Revolver recorded its first track "Set Me Free" for the Hulk soundtrack in 2003. The band also recorded a cover of Pink Floyd's "Money" which is featured in the movie The Italian Job. The band played its first live gig at the El Rey in Los Angeles in June 2003. It recorded its first album, Contraband, in the latter part of 2003 with recording complicated by Weiland's court appearances for drug charges and his subsequent sentencing to undertake rehabilitation.
The marketing campaign for Velvet Revolver in the run-up to the release of the first album was profiled as part of the Frontline (PBS) program The Way the Music Died, which included interviews with the band members and producers.
Velvet Revolver live in 2005Contraband was released in June 2004, debuting at #1 on the Billboard album charts selling 256,000 in its first week of release. The album also appeared at #11 on the British album charts, and #2 on the Australian charts. The first single, "Slither," topped a composite world modern rock chart in June, reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #5 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Slither," which is also the band's first music video, reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100, gone top 20 in Finland and Top 40 on a European composite chart, in Canada, and in Australia.
Since then, the band has released three more singles: the ballad "Fall to Pieces", the hard-rocker "Dirty Little Thing", and "Come On Come In", all of which have videos featured for them. "Fall to Pieces" has been remarkably successful not only on rock stations but also on modern music stations. The band consequently declined an invitation to tour with KISS after learning that Poison would be a part of the bill, in an effort to distance themselves from being lumped in with bands from the '80s who had re-grouped at the time to make a buck; Velvet Revolver were out to make the statement that they were a new band. 
As of August 2005, Contraband had sold more than 2 million copies in the United States, and the rigorous touring in support of the album reached global scales. The band toured both the United States and Europe twice, while also hitting Australia, New Zealand and Japan.The CD had SunnComm's MediaMax DRM rootkit on it, exposing users to a computer security vulnerability.
Velvet Revolver performed at Live 8, playing "Do It For the Kids," "Fall to Pieces," and "Slither." However, only "Fall To Pieces" appears on the Live 8 DVD.
In 2005, a part of Contraband's "Dirty Little Thing" was inserted in xXx: State Of The Union, Revolution Studios' sequel to xXx.
The band also recorded a new song entitled "Come On, Come In" for the 2005 movie Fantastic Four.
During 2005, the group announced that a second album was in the works. Scott Weiland announced at the 2005 Radio Music Awards that it will be a concept album, and will be less single-driven than its previous effort, but later in the summer of 2006, Matt Sorum dismissed the claim that it will be a concept album. In December 2005, the band set Libertad (Spanish for "freedom") as the working title of the album.
In September 2006, Matt Sorum confirmed via Camp Freddy Radio on Indie 103.1 that the band had recently signed a deal with Rick Rubin to produce the new album. However, on his website, Sorum later claimed that former Stone Temple Pilots producer Brendan O'Brien would be producing the album.
In October 2006, Scott Weiland announced that Libertad would most likely be released spring to later spring 2007, while a few months later Slash gave May 2007 as the expected release date. The group recorded in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien, who stepped in for the band's original choice, Rick Rubin, after that arrangement "did not work out," frontman Scott Weiland told Billboard.com. "All of our hopes have even been elevated over the past three weeks," he said. "We were really excited about six months ago, when we first began writing. Then we really kind of flat-lined for a while."
"We thought we'd just kind of give it a shot and see if Brendan was available, and just by chance, the artist he was supposed to be working with didn't pan out," Weiland offered. "So he was available during the exact time we really needed him. He flew out within a week and it has been amazing. Bassist Duff McKagan came up to me and said, 'You know, I didn't know what it was like to really have a producer before.'" And though Weiland told Billboard.com last year he intended to weave an overall concept throughout the album, he has since "thrown that idea out the window. In my opinion, there are so many schlock concept albums that have come out in the past year," he says, without naming names. "The ground is way too over-fertile with concept records. I prefer to write a lean and rather vicious rock'n'roll record. I think that would be a better contribution to rock'n'roll at this moment."
On May 13th, 2007, Duff McKagan announced that possibly 2 songs from Libertad ("She Builds Quick Machines" and either "Let It Roll" or "Get Out The Door") will be playable on the upcoming videogame Guitar Hero III.
After scrapping the original May 29 release date, Velvet Revolver settled on July 3 to unveil its second RCA album, "Libertad." It was announced on May 11, 2007 that as a precursor to Libertad, the band will release an EP in June titled Melody and the Tyranny.
As cover art, the album features the 10 pesos coin used during Pinochet's regime in Chile."
On the 8th June 2007, the music video for "She Builds Quick Machines" debuted in the UK, on Scuzz TV.
On Thursday 21st June 2007, Velvet Revolver performed in a concert that was streamed live via MSN Music.
On June 23rd 2007, four songs of the album were available in full stream audio onto the internet ten days before retail on BestBuy's website.
On July 31st Velvet Revolver played a concert which could be viewed on their myspace.
Libertad debuted at #5 on Billboard 200 with 92,000 albums sold.
It was announced by WWE that "Let It Roll" will be the official theme song for the 2007 Diva Search. link
In 2007, Velvet Revolver was nominated for Album Of The Year and Band Of The Year by Classic Rock magazine. link
Van Halen induction
On March 12, 2007, Velvet Revolver stood in for Van Halen for their induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of Van Halen, only former bassist Michael Anthony and former singer Sammy Hagar attended. Eddie Van Halen was reportedly in alcohol rehabilitation and David Lee Roth reportedly did not attend because he could not agree on which song to sing on stage with Velvet Revolver. The band played a medley of "Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love" and "Runaround." Sammy Hagar introduced Velvet Revolver as "the best rock and roll band left on the planet." Anthony and Hagar joined Paul Shaffer and the house band on stage to perform "Why Can't This Be Love".