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.
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.
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.
Boozed Bruised & Broken-Boned
Black Label Society
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minFirst coming to prominence as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist (a role he still fulfils) Zakk Wylde has now established both his solo credentials and those of his band Black Label Society with a succession of highly acclaimed guitar-driven rock albums. Recorded at Harpo’s in Detroit in September 2002, Boozed, Broozed & Broken Boned sees Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society storm through a set of hard-hitting material with Zakk unleashing his incomparable guitar magic. Stand out tracks include Stronger Than Death and Bleed For Me.
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.
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.
Rock for the Rising Sun
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minIn March 2011, Japan was beset by a massive earthquake, a monstrous tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. In the autumn of 2011, despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought their "Back On The Road" tour to Japan, a country with which they'd always had a special relationship. The Japanese fans came out in droves, and Aerosmith responded with some of the finest gigs of their distinguished career. This film follows the band on that tour combining full-length live tracks with behind the scenes footage which is at times touching and emotional and at others humorous and insightful. More than anything else, it demonstrates the Japanese fans' love affair with Aerosmith and their music.
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.
Live at The Sydney Entertainment Centre
Runtime: 2 hr 26 minOn Saturday 25th August, the guitar legend Slash, frontman Myles Kennedy and their band The Conspirators played a blistering show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Aided and abetted by frontman Myles Kennedy and their band The Conspirators (guitarist Frank Sidoris, bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz), the iconic axeman delivered a searing set featuring Guns 'N' Roses classics like 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'Paradise City' and 'Nightrain', Velvet Revolver's choicest cuts 'Sliver' and 'Fall To Pieces' and stand-out Slash moments like 'Halo' and 'You're A Lie' from his new album 'Apocalyptic Love'
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.