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We've had some interesting supergroups this year like Palms and Scar the Martyr, but Teenage Time Killer is an entirely new breed… mainly because there are guest appearances from a slew of legendary musicians and only two core members. All I'm saying is that picture of Randall Blythe with Corrosion of Conformity comes into play …

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Velvet Revolver: not together again

With Scott Weiland re-confirming as and then being de-confirmed from returning as the Velvet Revolver frontman a few weeks back, we got Joel McIver to pose the necessary question: What the bloody hell is up with Velvet Revolver these days?

A few weeks ago, former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland confirmed that he had reunited with the band and was due to be recording some new material! “We’re gonna go and do some shows in the later part of summer into early fall,” he told ABC Radio. The world was listening…until a day later when Slash completely refuted the claims, adding that Weiland was “out of his mind!” Ah. Sadly, it was another bizarre chapter in the increasingly muddled world of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest supergroups.

Slash: happy with his current day job

Remember how excited we all were when we heard the news in 2003 that a new band was coming formed of ex-members of Guns N’ Roses and Stone Temple Pilots? We all knew immediately that it was going to be something pretty damn special, even if the band also featured a bloke called Dave who no-one had ever heard of.

And Velvet Revolver was indeed a special thing, at least for a few years: a thrilling band of super-talented rock legends, and Dave. An album, Contraband, was released in 2004, and weren’t you just so excited when the song Slither/ came out? “It’s the new Guns N’ Roses!” we thought, which wasn’t unreasonable as the old Guns N’ Roses were doing pretty much nothing at the time. Then Libertad came out three years later, and while it wasn’t quite as good as Contraband, it still did the job. By now Velvet Revolver had earned a much-deserved reputation as that rare thing: a supergroup that doesn’t suck harder than a Dyson with a turbo attached to it.

Then, of course, it all went pear-shaped, assuming that it’s accurate to liken a piece of fruit to a situation where all credibility has been pissed away in a manner more befitting of a Eurovision winner than one of the world’s most bankable rock bands. The comedy started right after Scott Weiland, VR frontman, announced in 2008 that he’d be taking off to front his reformed old band Stone Temple Pilots, and several well-known rawk names were auditioned to fill his position. OK, Alter Bridge warblesmith Myles Kennedy was (and still is) a reasonable choice of singer, but Sebastian ‘Youth Gone Wild’ Bach really wasn’t. Nor was Lenny Kravitz. As for Chester Bennington of Linkin Park? Be off with you!

Corey Taylor nearly got the Velvet Revolver gig

The closest anyone has actually come to becoming Velvet Revolver’s new singer since Weiland’s departure has been Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, who told Hammer back in March that he was “actually in talks and flew out and did some auditioning and recording,” only to have it all subsequently shelved – which sounds plausible in much the same way as him joining, say, Anthrax does. Oh, hang on…

While all this tomfoolery was going on, Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum recorded a song with soul singer Macy Gray. Dave wasn’t invited. In 2008, it was Duff’s time to jump ship, regrouping with his old band Loaded and releasing an EP and album the same year. Nothing happened with Velvet Revolver for a couple of years and in 2010 Duff joined Jane’s Addiction. ‘Cool’, we thought, but only five months later he was out again. By now Velvet Revolver’s future was looking increasingly blurry…

Then, six months back, Velvet Revolver’s full-line-up reunited for a one-off benefit show! Could this be the full reunion we’d be waiting for? Well, not really, according to a certain top-hatted guitarist. “All it’s gonna take for us to get started again is for the right guy to come along and set that spark alight,” Slash told Hammer earlier this year. “It just hasn’t happened yet.”

Which made it all the more confusing and exciting when one S. Weiland, Esq. announced that he had reunited permanently with Velvet Revolver a couple of weeks later. Fantastic news! Let joy be unconfined! No, don’t be stupid. How naïve of you. Of course, of course, a firm rebuttal came just days later from Slash, who told a radio interviewer that no such reunion had taken place.

So, once again we are left wondering if we’ll ever see Velvet Revolver as a fully-formed band again. Because we really do want Velvet Revolver back. All of them. Even Dave.

GREAT SCOTT!

Five potential new VR frontmen should they ever get it back on properly.

Myles Kennedy
The golden-larynxed warbler from both Alter Bridge and Slash’s band would do just fine as a replacement for Scott Weiland, we say. But can he be tempted away from stadium-level security to a band whose future has been in doubt for ages?
Odds: 50 to 1

Chris Cornell
Come on, Chris, never mind all that reunion stuff! Velvet Revolver were a bit like your old band Audioslave anyway, especially when it came decent first albums. Maybe Timbaland could come along and do a bit of production?
Odds: 200 to 1

Lemmy
By the beard of Odin, this would be a sight worth seeing. Lemmy, the greatest living human, could teach this bunch of ne’er-do-wells a thing or two about real rock’n’roll – and as for drug intake, that Weiland chap has nothing on the Headmaster…
Odds: 1000 to 1

Tom Araya
Now, the great thing here is that Velvet Revolver would presumably have to do an encore of Raining Blood every time they played, which would only make the world a better place. Tom had better leave out that infamous pre-song spiel about maggots crunching in his teeth, though.
Odds: 10,000 to 1

Axl Rose
Let’s stop pretending, Waxl. You know you want to be in a band with Slash, Duff and Matt again. It’s OK, you can still play with your old band as well. Wait, where are you going, big fella? Come back! Axl…?
Odds: 1×10354 to 1

Joel’s views do not necessarily represent the views of Metal Hammer magazine. Although in this case we think they’re pretty funny.

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Shit’s going Down. One of the greatest supergroups of all time are back, and they’re on the cover of the new issue of Metal Hammer! Plus, a free CD, a free Lacuna Coil bonus mag, Metallica, Motley Crue, Meshuggah, Slash, Gojira, Slayer and much, much more! Order your copy now!

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Bad CompanyLive at Wembley
2011 Eagle Vision
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

You sometimes forget just how many major hits Bad Company has until you witness them all loaded up like a stockade of trusty rock ‘n roll arms. While “Feel Like Makin’ Love” is perhaps the goodtime sex anthem for the ages, Bad Company is hardly a one-trick pony.

What’s always been fascinating about Bad Company beyond its chemical makeup of Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke of Free, Mott the Hoople’s Mick Ralphs and original bass player Boz Burrell from King Crimson is the fact a corral of Brits wholly captured the essence of American Southern rock with an occasional twist of prog.

You could fool a fool or two in some weathered off-road juke joint by saying “Can’t Get Enough,” “Simple Man,” “Ready for Love,” “Shooting Star,” “Bad Company” and of course, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” were knocked out by a strongarm section of diehard Savannah rebs. Even though “Rock and Roll Fantasy” has a bit of disco swing considering the year it came out on 1979’s Desolation Angels, Bad Company’s tappity gloss-up over the music industry’s alluring stranglehold over people is still pure bang on top of its sway. It feels like pure Americana, but check again. It’s the Union Jack swinging behind Bad Company.

Bad Company’s records may not always have gained mass critical acclaim beyond the 1974 self-titled album and Straight Shooter the following year. Push to shove, however, this is a band most consider one of the first authentic “supergroups.” Together they’ve sold millions and have left a sizable cluster of well-loved ditties the fans are sure to love on their new Live at Wembley album and DVD.

While Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke failed to garnish much interest in their Bad Company resurrections minus Paul Rodgers, the 1999 official reunion of the group brought about hopes of a true comeback. Unfortunately, all that culminated in this get-together was The Original Bad Company Anthology which at least included a few new tracks. Worse, Boz Burrell died in 2006, which prompted Bad Company with three leftover original members in 2008 to once again hit the arena trail in his honor.

Live at Wembley is a Bad Company performance captured last year which stands up as one of the band’s finest hours, three-fifths represented they may be. For the record, Bad Company is now rounded out by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Lynn Sorensen. While the sold-out UK concertgoers are often reserved and often emphatic, the Wembley homecoming of Bad Company is a pretty humbling experience to behold. So much even Paul Rodgers has to ask his audience how they’re doing, and it’s not just a typical stage plug. There’s a detectable sense of nervousness between Rodgers and the crowd. Bad Company is well in the pocket of their set through “Can’t Get Enough,” “Honey Child,” “Run With the Pack,” “Burnin’ Sky.” It’s after their laidback cover of The Coasters’ “Young Blood” where Rodgers checks his listeners for a pulse and they begin to respond. Granted, Rodgers does get Wembley to participate right out the gate during “Can’t Get Enough,” but it’s obvious how much performing in his native land means to him.

You know what the people are expecting. They’re no different than American beer bellies squeezing through the aisles for a freshening up of the suds before the hallowed party jams in Bad Company’s set arrives. While there’s a huge upswing in the Wembley crowd when “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Shooting Star,” “Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy,” “Movin’ On” and “Ready For Love” sieve out, Bad Company does keep the set well-engaged with “Gone Gone Gone,” “Seagull” and “Simple Man.” The latter two are perfectly translated with gorgeous acoustic intros and they remind people there’s artistry beyond the straight-up whumping to Bad Company.

“Bad Company” live is easily the band’s rally cry, because Wembley is full-on electric by the time Rodgers steps up to the piano and plunks down the first few notes. Whatever their walks of life, the Bad Company fans are united rebels in an unknown cause, simply by caterwauling “Bad Company’s” chorus in tandem. Again, no different than their eastern counterparts. “Bad Company” is an instant insurrection and it should be considered a metal genesis tune along with “Burnin’ Sky,” “Simple Man” and “Ready For Love.”

More superficially satisfying than hearing these nuggets scattered ad nauseum on classic rock stations, Live at Wembley is a professional and enthusiastic recreation of Bad Company’s golden years. It may be disarming to some to see a couple of grayhairs peeling off tremolos in front of Marshall stacks, but show your respect, because Bad Company does likewise, for Boz during “Shooting Star” and most importantly, for their fans. This is a well-intended set for hit lovers and music heads. It’s much more radioactive than Rodgers and The Firm and for many, it’s Bad Company ’til they die…

Rating: ****

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Jim Clench, former bassist for Canadian supergroups April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive, has died.

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Legendary guitarist Slash recently spoke to Spinner about the circumstances that led to VELVET REVOLVER’s April 2008 split with lead singer Scott Weiland, putting one of music’s most successful supergroups on an indefinite hiatus and sending the two factions on a quest to recapture their place in the rock zeitgeist.

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