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UnRated Magazine Review: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL - November 21, 2004
Band Concert Review

Velvet Revolver: Super "Rock" Stars Make Their Rounds

Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL - November 21, 2004

By Rob Grabowski

On Sunday night, the Allstate arena in Rosemont played host to the newest super-group, Velvet Revolver, which features former members of Guns-N-Roses and lead singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots fame.

GNR last played this venue in early April of 1992 when they performed a memorable three hour show after starting more than two ours late. Reminiscent of that evening, this show too did not start on time. On Sunday however, it was front-man Scott Weiland who arrived nearly an hour late to begin what would be another great show. In true Weiland fashion, the flamboyant front-man pranced around the stage for over two hours keeping the audience involved throughout the entire show. Playing new Velvet Revolver selections such as Suckertrain Blues and Do It For The Kids, the band gave a mighty effort to leave their own impression on the crowd and not rely on being STP or GNR. As the night progressed though, it was apparent that the Allstate Arena crowd was filled with a mix of STP fans as well as GNR fans who reacted most heavily when Revolver played selections from their former careers in those bands. Some standout moments highlighting the Velvet Revolver sound and performance came on the radio hits Fall to Pieces and Slither. Performing STP's Crackerman and Sex Type Thing were well-received but the electricity was elevated by GNR's It's So Easy, I Used to Love Her, and Mr.Brownstone.

The obvious highlight of the evening was GNR's Mr. Brownstone which showcased Slash's memorable guitar riff's and really brought bassist Duff McKagen and Drummer Matt Sorum to an electric level that definitely shocked the crowd. Anytime the opportunity arises to watch one of the greatest rock guitarist's ever play live will always leave you wanting more. Guitarist's who are strongly influenced by Slash will probably never be in the same class as the guy who shines his shoes as he always brings his "A" game very time he steps on to a stage and this is the reason he is in a class by himself. It was difficult not to think back to 1992 when GNR gave this building an audio assault.

Velvet Revolver comes cocked and loaded but the true fire power still remains to be seen.