'Velvet Revolver: Live in Houston'
(Velvet Revolver / DVD / NR / 2010 / Eagle Records)
Overview: This 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.
DVD Verdict: Merging members from such far flung bands as both Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver had a Hollywood glitz formula that was destined for glory - albeit, as everyone knew, only for a short amount of time.
Sure their debut album, 'Contraband,' quickly topped the charts, earning the band months of air play, not to mention a live show reputation for taking things close to the edge, but when you have STP frontman Scott Weiland on lead, well, anything can happen!
'Velvet Revolver: Live in Houston' is/was the bands debut DVD release and amazingly, for those not in the know, it is finally coming out after over half a decade since it was filmed! Incredibly still, and nearly three years after the band hit the dust and Weiland sculked back to reform STP!
All that said, Velvet Revolver were in their so-called prime around this time. Allegedly clean and sober, the guys are rockin' their collective way through these tracks like a runaway train. The band consisted of ex-G'NR's Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum along with Dave Kushner and Weiland - storm through a relatively short set that is heavy on the band's debut.
Luckily for the fans though, they also throw in some classics from both the G'NR and STP days. Weiland hits the stage running and never looks back. Sure his taste in stage wear is questionable, but hey, welcome to his world!
My only complaint is that the live show is continually interrupted all too often by a novice editor - who keeps using cutaway scenes of a young female in uniform (which go COMPLETELY unexplained) - and who seems to love the cutting every two seconds away from the music; which is enough to give you a headache and make your anger slowly rise!
TRACK LISTING: 1) Sucker Train Blues, 2) Do It For The Kids, 3) Headspace, 4) Crackerman, 5) Illegal I, 6) It's So Easy, 7) Fall To Pieces; 8) Big Machine, 9) Set Me Free, 10) Used To Love Her, 11) Slither and 12) Sex Type Thing.
This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.