Velvet Revolver – Live in Houston

Watching this 2005 performance is a bit bittersweet. On one hand, former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff and Matt kill it alongside guitarist Dave Kushner and hot mess Scott Weiland. Touring for the award-winning Contraband, Velvet Revolver embodies the effigy of modern rock saviors at work and did so until Weiland’s abrupt departure almost three years later. (Thankfully, Them Crooked Vultures swooped down to fill the void.) The downside of this near-perfect showing is the wasted opportunity and future albums that could have been.

The DVD includes bonus band interviews spliced between songs, but to the detriment of viewers, also features atrocious non-band interviews and hackneyed visual effects that, at times, take away from the music. The set is comprised of pre-Libertad tracks like “Set Me Free” and “Headspace” while filtering classic STP and GNR tunes in along the way. The band exudes potential, which is almost as admirable as Weiland’s vocal courage on the gutsy, retrospective “Fall to Pieces.” The entire disc is a tasty treat for new and nostalgic fans, and as evident during the penultimate “Slither” and all of its detouring solos, Velvet Revolver truly was a loaded gun.

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