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Slash was the guitarist for Guns and Roses when they made their first several albums. However, Slash eventually left the group when the lead vocalist for Guns and Roses became too hard to work with. Slash was with a couple of short lived groups during the late 1990s such as Slash’s Snakepit and Slash’s Bluesball. He eventually joined a group called Velvet Revolver.

Randy Castillo died in the early 2000s and such ex members from Guns and Roses as Slash, Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin had a tribute concert for him, which led to the formation of Velvet Revolver. Izzy Stradlin then left the group.

Velvet Revolver auditioned many people to be the lead vocalist for Velvet Revolver. They tried recruiting Scott Weiland, but  he was still working with Stone Temple Pilots. Scott Weiland made a couple of songs with Velvet Revolver such as Set Me Free for the Hulk movie in 2003. Set Me Free made it to number twelve on the charts and Scott Weiland finally joined Velvet Revolver.

They settled on the band name when Slash watched a movie made by Revolution Studios. He liked the beginning of the word, Revolution, which led to him coming up with the word Revolver and Scott Weiland added the words at the beginning Black Velvet because it sounded sexy. However, the band name was eventually shortened from Black Velvet Revolver to just Velvet Revolver.

Scott Weiland and Slash together with the rest of Velvet Revolver would make two good albums of somewhat generic hard rock with an emphasis on Slash’s excellent guitar playing, which was probably the one ace in the hole for the group. Their biggest song was Slither, which made it onto VH1’s 100 best hard rock and metal songs of all time and Slash played Slither along with Let It Roll at his concert that I had the privilege to attend last Friday. They ended in 2008.

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