|Launch Radio Networks reports: It was one year ago today that VELVET REVOLVER released its debut album, "Contraband". No one knew if the pairing of former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland with several ex-members of GUNS N' ROSES would be successful, but months of touring, nearly two million copies sold, and a Grammy win have established VELVET REVOLVER as a major rock act. But even drummer Matt Sorum told Launch that he wasn't sure what to expect when "Contraband" hit the streets. "I didn't really know where it was gonna go, or where it was headed," he said. "It's been probably more successful than I expected, I mean with the Grammy nominations and the, you know, the platinum album fairly quickly into the sale of the record, you know. It only took about three months to go platinum, you know. So, yeah, I mean, it's better than I expected."
VELVET REVOLVER won a Grammy award in February for Best Hard Rock Performance, for the track, "Slither", from "Contraband".
The group has contributed a brand new song called "Come On, Come In" to the soundtrack to the upcoming movie "The Fantastic Four", which arrives in stores on July 5. A 35-second sample of the track can be found at FantasticFourSoundtrack.com.
VELVET REVOLVER is currently on a European tour that will include a performance at the London Live 8 concert on July 2. The band will return home for some headlining shows in mid-August and appear on the final eight dates of this summer's Ozzfest, beginning on August 23.