The common thread seems to be artists who let substance abuse get in the way of their careers -- Slash, Duff McKagan (both ex-Guns N' Roses) and Scott Weiland (ex-Stone Temple Pilots) got together in the early 2000s and formed their own band, Velvet Revolver. Combining Slash's snaking boogie metal guitars with Weiland's predilection for sweeping choruses and Beatles-ish melodies, Velvet Revolver's debut had some interesting ideas to offer. Oddly enough, the band sounds like a cross between Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots. Slash & Co. use the project as much as an opportunity to have fun and pay tribute to their heroes, with over a dozen covers from the likes of Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Clapton, Pink Floyd, Van Halen and even Talking Heads (among others) in their repertoire. Their second record, Libertad, came out in July of 2007.
Velvet Revolver Concert Films
Let It Roll: Live in Germany
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minThis concert by Velvet Revolver was filmed at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany in March 2008 for the legendary German TV series Rockpalast. The concert was near the end of the tour for their second album Libertad and came just a few days before the band went on hold following the departure of singer Scott Weiland. The set draws heavily on the Libertad album but also features tracks from their debut album Contraband and covers of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns n Roses tracks.
Live in Houston
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minThis concert by Velvet Revolver was filmed in Houston, Texas in 2005 during the tour in support of their bestselling and Grammy Award winning debut album Contraband. The full length live tracks are intercut with snippets of interview with the various band members talking about how Velvet Revolver came into being. The set list naturally focuses on that debut release but is complimented by two tracks from the Guns n Roses catalog and two tracks from Stone Temple Pilots debut album highlighting the history of the band members. Velvet Revolver are an outstanding live band and are on great form in front of a typically enthusiastic Texan crowd.
Velvet Revolver Top Tracks
Single Video Theory
Runtime: 45 minSingle Video Theory is a music documentary directed by Mark Pellington that follows the making of Yield, the fifth album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. The film was shot in 16mm film over three days in November 1997 in downtown Seattle. It features interviews with the band members and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's rehearsal sessions for its shows opening for The Rolling Stones. The documentary illustrates how the band began to widen the songwriting responsibilities of its members, with bassist Jeff Ament credited with writing "Pilate" and "Low Light", and guitarist Mike McCready taking part in writing "Given to Fly" with vocalist Eddie Vedder. It was the first insight into the band's inner workings of its recording sessions, which had previously been shielded from the public.
Doom Troopin': The European Invasion
Black Label Society
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minBlack Label Society is the brain child of guitar great Zakk Wylde. Hard and heavy, big on riffs and even bigger on the solos, BLS is the bastard child of Black Sabbath only pumped up on steroids. Having graced the worlds stages for the last 18 years, both as Ozzy Osbournes right hand man as well as fronting BLS, Zakk Wylde has established himself as one of the few remaining guitar heroes. "European Invasion" captures BLS live on their sold out European tour last year - one of the most anticipated tours of the year and they didnt disappoint. Witness the full Paris show as well as 4 tracks from the Astoria in London. Bonus footage includes a 1 hour long On The Road documentary, 3 promo videos taken from the Billboard top 20 album "Mafia" and the making of documentary for the promo video "Suicide Messiah".
Live from Mohegan Sun
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minFilmed in high definition at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on November 25th 2011, this concert captures a typically raw and energetic performance by Staind on tour in support of their eponymous 2011 self titled album Staind. This was their first tour to feature new drummer Sal Giancarelli. The show features tracks from the new album mixed in with classic songs from across their career including many of their hit singles.
Live at The Enmore Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minJane's Addiction is an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. They were one of the first bands to emerge from the early 1990s alternative rock movement to gain mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States. Their initial farewell tour launched the first Lollapalooza festival, an alternative rock showcase. Here they perform at The Enmore Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on February 23, 2010.
Runtime: 2 hr 1 minIncubus' explosive Look Alive features footage from their groundbreaking Light Grenades Tour, including concert performances from their Northerly Island show in Chicago on July 25th, 2007, plus additional glimpses of life on the road.
7 Days Live
Runtime: 1 hr 21 minAt the height of their popularity, Poison were one of the most successful bands in the world and have to date sold over 30 million albums worldwide. This superb live performance captured at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 1993 was filmed during their Native Tongue global tour and features hits from that album as well as classic tracks from the band’s history including Unskinny Bop, Stand, Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) and the power ballad anthem, Every Rose Has Its Thorn.
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minAerosmith Rocks Donington is much more than just a great gig. It is a lasting document of the powerful and explosive bond that these five men - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer - have made with each other and with fans of rock 'n' roll everywhere. The film captures Aerosmith headlining the massive Download Festival at Donington Park with all their attitude and talent-drenched beauty as they deliver a blistering set of their greatest hits. It is a true once-in-a-lifetime rock 'n' roll experience to treasure and remember forever.
Live in Cuba
Runtime: 2 hr 30 minFilmed Live at the Anti-Imperialist Plaza in Havana, Cuba. In may 2005, Audioslave became the first american rock band to ever perform in Cuba. 60,000 screaming fans witnessed this historic event.
Made in Stoke
Runtime: 2 hr 6 minRecorded at the Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, England on July 24th, this concert marked Slash’s return to the town in which he grew up. The show came towards the end of his 2010/11 world tour in support of his debut solo album “Slash.” Lead vocals on the tour were handled by Myles Kennedy of AlterBridge and the setlist featured tracks from his solo album, from his albums with both Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, and classic songs that he co-wrote for Guns’n’Roses.
Alive in the Windy City
Stone Temple Pilots
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minFilmed at a sold-out Riviera Theatre in Chicago in March 2010, “Alive In The Windy City” is the first Stone Temple Pilots live concert to be authorized for video release. The band is in top form, and the show both looks and sounds spectacular. The concert was held shortly before the release of their recent “Stone Temple Pilots” album, and the tracklisting combines new songs interspersed with their classic hits. This is a great live concert by one of the most successful rock acts of the last twenty years.
Rock Case Studies
Guns N' Roses
Runtime: 51 minFronted by the charismatic Axl Rose and driven by Slash’s raw, powerful guitar, Guns n’ Roses have given rock music a string of classic albums and singles. Commentary from band insiders and an in-depth interview with Izzy Stradlin stand shoulder to shoulder with classic archive performance footage, as this documentary takes you inside the workings of a band that has sold over 100 million albums. Featuring highlights from: You Could Be Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O’ Mine and more...
Get Your Buzz On Live
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minShot in HD with 16 cameras over 3 Sold-Out shows, "Chickenfoot Get Your Buzz On" offers the viewer a Once-In-A-Lifetime chance to see 4 Rock and Roll Legends share the stage and blow the fans away with their combined inordinate talents to one collective whole. The band, formed in 2008 consists of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen and Montrose), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and Guitar Hero Joe Satriani.
Live in Philly 2010
Runtime: 58 minHalestorm's Live in Philly 2010 was filmed at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 30th, 2010. The Video includes a full live set of the show, featuring tracks from their breakthough debut self-titled album such as radio smash hit "I Get Off", "It's Not You", "Familiar Taste of Poison", "Bet U Wish U Had Me Back", and "What Were You Expecting?". Halestorm recently performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and in addition to praise from Billboard, Kerrang! and ARTISTdirect for their distinct brand of rock, lead singer Lizzy Hale was crowned one of Revolver's "Hottest Chick in Metal" in a 2009 cover story.