Velvet Revolver in Rockford April 29

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Velvet Revolver with opening group Hoobastank will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, April 29 at the Rockford MetroCentre.

Tickets are $45 and are available at, online at, charge by phone at 815-968-5222, or visit the MetroCentre Box Office.

Velvet Revolver recently received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for their song “Slither.” In a review of Velvet Revolver’s debut album, TRRT staff writer Caroline Rohner wrote: “Although Velvet Revolver may sound like the title of a James Bond movie, music fans will recognize it as the name of rock’s latest supergroup. The well-publicized band is a fusion of Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland (vocals) and ex-Guns N’ Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). Slash also recruited high school friend and former Wasted Youth guitarist, Dave Kushner, to round out the band.

“Despite the inevitable STP/GNR influences, Velvet Revolver crafts a surprisingly distinctive sound on its debut effort, Contraband. … Collectively, the guys create an uncontrollable and defiant energy that pervades the entire album.

“While some may dismiss Velvet Revolver as a high-profile gimmick, the band is more than just five guys trying to revive their careers. They have created a fresh and aggressive sound that will appeal to those seeking a slightly more rebellious brand of rock.”

Pop-rock band Hoobastank—Doug Robb, vocals; Dan Estrin, guitar; Chris Hesse, drums; and Markku Lappalainen, bass—gained popularity during the last year with their song “Reason” off their 2003 album The Reason.

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