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August 9th, 2003
GN'R on 2003 VMA Uncensored + Slash to appear at Michael Jackson's birthday party? + Velvet Revolver in Metal Edge
2003 VMA Uncensored
(MTV) Music Television
Saturday - August 16, 2003
12:00pm - 02:00 pm ET

MTV takes viewers for two hours of the craziest, silliest, and weirdest behind-the-scenes moments from 19 years of Video Music Award shows. Our updated 2003 version includes all-new stories from the 2002 VMAs: You'll find out what really happened when Michael Jackson accepted an award he wasn't given; how P. Diddy scrambled back from a month on his yacht in time to pull off a classic VMA performance; and the nail-biting tale behind the surprise comeback of Axl Rose.

Apparently Slash is scheduled to appear at the Michael Jackson birthday party taking place at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on August 30th. More info here.

This Velvet Revolver article appears in Metal Edge:

Metal Edge (mag) October 2003 issue

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has officially been named the lead vocalist for Velvet Revolver, the band featuring former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and guitarist Dave Kushner. The group’s first original song, “Set Me Free,” appears on The Hulk soundtrack, which came out in June, while a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money” appears in the film The Italian Job. Writing has already begun for their first album, which they hope to begin recording in September, and a record deal is being sought. Their first gig took place at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on June 19, where the group played four cover songs - Sex Pistols’ “Bodies,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Sex Typ Thing,” Guns N’ Roses’ “It’s So Easy” and Nirvana’s “Negative Creep” - and two originals, “Set Me Free” and “Slither.” Meanwhile, on June 2, Weiland pleaded not guilty to charges of drug possession stemming from a May arrest where heroin and cocaine were found in his car. The singer claims that the drugs belonged to his travel companion, Jennifer Lynn Sires. Weiland told the judge that he would go through rehab before his next court date. Whether Weiland is still in the Stone Temple Pilots or not has yet to be officially announced, though he did not sound optimistic about the band’s future when asked about it prior to Velvet Revolver’s El Ray performance: “We never officially broke up,” he said, “but it looks like we’re on a very, very extended hiatus...” He did, however, recently work with the band to record a new song, “All In The Suit That You Wear,” for a greatest hits compilation due Nov. 4 from Atlantic Records.

Source(s): MTV, http://www.mjfanclub.net , Metal Edge  
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