Top 5 Reasons Velvet Revolver Shouldn't Reunite
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You might have read recently that Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland is teasing a full-time comeback for his other band. You know, the one with the guys from Guns N' Roses. That's right, Velvet Revolver. I know, I tried to forget about them too, but apparently the guys in the band are intent on keeping this thing going for some reason.
It's tough to say what I would want to talk about with the members of this band if I had the chance. I'd probably gush even if I only got to meet Matt Sorum. He is a former member of Guns N' Roses, after all. But I think one of my top priorities would be to somehow, someway, convince them not to get Velvet Revolver back together. And I've got some really good reasons why.
5.There Are Enough Generic Alt-Rock Bands Around Today Seriously, there are bands like Velvet Revolver everywhere. All you have to do is turn on 94.5 The Buzz and you're set. We don't need any more music like this out there. Not only is it unnecessary, it's a waste of the talents of everyone involved.
Remember how excited you were to hear what they would come up with? And remember when you first heard "Slither"? Yeah, let's not put anyone through that again.
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4. Slash's Solo Band is Better This should go without saying, but why settle for Velvet Revolver when you can just hear Slash play with his solo band like Houston got to back in September? He plays GN'R songs, Snakepit songs and yes, even some VR songs. It would probably cost you a lot less, too.
It's also probably a lot more fun for Slash to play solo anyway. After all, Myles Kennedy doesn't go off and on the wagon every other year.
3. We're Still Holding Out for a GN'R Reunion Look, if Duff, Matt, and Slash are going to play together again, can it please be in a band that didn't suck? I know this has a zero percent chance of ever happening, ever, but each new Velvet Revolver song will be one additional reminder of what we could have had and what we have instead. Nobody wants that.
2. Dave Kushner Is Better Off Doing TV You probably don't know Dave Kushner, but he also played in Velvet Revolver. He was the guy who kinda stood behind the members of GN'R and STP and acted like he belonged there. It wasn't exactly the most dignified position. This is only my theory, but VR probably settled for him after being turned down by Izzy Stradlin and Gilby Clarke.
Anyway, today he's much more famous for composing and playing the Sons of Anarchy theme. He was also asked to work on a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother. How and why I don't know, but it sure beats the hell out of trying to share a stage with Slash. Don't make him go back to that just when he's finally managing to make a name for himself.
1. Velvet Revolver Has Been Failing to Come Back For Almost Five Years As hard as it is to believe that it's been this long, Weiland originally left the band in 2008. At least once every six months ever since, it seems like new rumors pop up about VR making a comeback.
The only reunion so far that has worked in any way was when Weiland rejoined the group for a one-off show last year. And that just reminded us that we never wanted Velvet Revolver back in the first place! Seriously guys, just let it go. It isn't worth all the stress. It's been five years. The ship has sailed. Please, please let it sail.
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