NVelvet Revolver planned to have its second album, “Libertad,” out this month, in time for the touring the group has planned for the bulk of the summer.
But the group’s record company instead campaigned for a July 3 release to tie into Independence Day (because nothing says Fourth of July like the Spanish word for freedom), leaving the band “out there for a couple of months before the record comes out,” according to bassist
“It’s a great record and we’re totally confident,” McKagen, 43, says, “but we’re out here now playing new songs that nobody’s heard, kind of trial by fire. It’s a challenge.”
But it’s a challenge McKagen and his mates have faced before. The group was on the road in 2004 before its debut album, “Contraband,” came out. And when they were members of Guns
N’ Roses, McKagen, guitarist Slash (ne Saul Hudson) and drummer Matt Sorum spent several
months touring in 1991 before the
release of the group’s two “Use Your Illusion” albums.
But Velvet Revolver, which also includes former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and guitarist Dave Kushner, freely draws on more than just its own material. Despite reports to the contrary, the group is continuing to pepper its sets with songs made famous by the members’ previous bands.
“We’ll always play that stuff,” McKagen says, “because they’re songs we’re proud of. We wrote them, and it’s great to be able to mix them in.
“I mean, we have two of our own records to draw from, and then we’ve got a great old catalog of pretty kick-ass songs. As a band, what could be better than that, to choose from all this material.”
Velvet Revolver and The Actual perform Saturday (May 12th) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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