Velvet Revolver - Worth the damn long wait!We all kow the story of Velvet Revolver, from rehab to court and back and now (if we should believe all the newssites) they'll be going on without Scott Weiland, who will probably return to his former outfit Stone Temple Pilots. It's a goddamn shame if you ask me and I'm pretty sceptic about the next guy, whoever it will be, especially after last night.
The pre-show was Sons of Albion. A mediocre rockband that didn't really add anything to my evening, except for their closing song, which rocked pretty hard. I wasn't the only one sporting these thoughts, because when their guitarplayer started clapping his hands above his head suggestively, about ten people responded. After they left, the waiting commenced...and the waiting continued. In light of the news concerning VR lately, I was beginning to wonder whether they were showing up at all! But after an hour of waiting and biting my nailsthe lights dimmed and the N.W.A. classic 'Straight Outta Compton' blasted from the speakers.
VR opened with 'Let It Roll' and rocked on straight through the first couple of classics such as 'Sucker Train Blues'. It was clear right from the start that these guys were here to play some fuckin' rock 'n' roll! Scott Weiland is all the frontman I expected him to be; charismatic, energetic and able to interact with the crowd. Slash and Duff McKagan obviously played a couple of shows before, but where fellow generation members like Metallica are clearly bored playing in front of thousands of people, these guys are having as much fun as they did twenty years ago. Matt Sorum proved to be a drum machine and I don't think he missed a beat through the entire show. Completing the supergroup, Dave Kushner is a rock 'n' roll beast who does a pretty good and really funny imitation of Metallica's Rob Trujillo. VR played a lot of songs from the last album and apart from a talkbox failure, this show was awesome and almost flawless!! It rocked hard and with Slash in your midst, you pretty much can't go wrong. This is such an amazing guitar player, it's insane. Extremely fast and technical, yet functional as hell!
When Scott Weiland introduced 'The Last Fight', he told us that it would be beautiful if that would come true in every sense of the words, appearantly it did...After slowing it down a bit with songs from a past era and the already classic 'Fall To Pieces' and a solo performance by Slash (flabbergasting), Slash started the intro to 'Set Me Free' and they went all out!! This is rock the way it was supposed to be, including a solo with his guitar behind his neck by (who else?) Slash. VR took a short breather and then came back to rock the house for another three songs, only to end with their debut single and instant classic 'Slither', wrecking the house and walking of stage with Scott Weiland's almost signature bullhorn siren singing into the mic and lots of feedback from the guitars...the way a rock show should end.
The crowd left fulfilled to the tunes of the hidden track on their latest album. I can only hope they can come to terms and return to Holland very soon, with Scott Weiland as their frontman.