Reviewed! Velvet Revolver - 'Velvet Revolver: Live in Houston' DVD

Velvet Revolver
Velvet Revolver: Live In Houston
Eagle Rock Ent.

Velvet Revolver, the somewhat maligned collaboration between former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, in hindsight, wasnt all it was cracked up to be. They had their problems, as any band fronted by Weiland surely would, some of which can be viewed on Velvet Revolver: Live in Houston, the band’s latest live DVD.

Velvet Revolver wasn’t all bad really as they actually wrote some commendable hard-rock during their time together, arena quality songs you'll hear during this performance on Velvet Revolver: Live in Houston, filmed during the summer of 2004 at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, Texas. Most of the set comes courtesy of material housed on the band’s debut release Contraband, some set highlights like 'Fall to Pieces,' 'Set Me Free' and 'Slither,' that will have you remembering that this band actually wrote good songs at one point. The band also toss in two tracks each from the bands Velvet Revolver rose from the ashes of, those being Guns N' Roses ('Used to Love Her,' 'It Ain't Easy') and Stone Temple Pilots ('Crackerman,' 'Sex Type Thing'). These four songs are both a blessing and curse however, as they represent the shows four best cuts, cover songs that largely overshadow the bands original works. And so is the story of Velvet Revolver: Live In Houston.

There aren’t extras to speak of, though there are interviews and the occasional behind-the-scenes shots mixed in, along with shots of former Playboy Playmate Irina Voronina dressed in a Nazi uniform for some reason. Hey, no one ever said Weiland made any sense.

If you were a big supporter and follower of Velvet Revolver, then Velvet Revolver: Live in Houston is for you, but if you just listened to the band in passing, you're better off spending your time dusting off you're old GNR and STP records instead.

Grade: B-

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