VELVET COVER NIRVANA

After coming offstage in Manchester, the rock supergroup speak to NME.COM...

VELVET REVOLVER treated fans to a set laced with GUNS N’ ROSES, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and NIRVANA songs in MANCHESTER last night (September 1).

The band, consisting of former Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum, along with ex-Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner, received a rapturous reception when they arrived onstage at the Carling Apollo.

A curtain, which sported the statement “Rock and Fuckin Roll”, dropped down and the group tore into their opening album track ‘Sucker Train Blues’.

Weiland, who was dressed in a police hat, shades and leathers, shouted: “Manchester we are ‘Velvet Revolver’ and we play motherfucking rock and roll. If you can fuck to this, fuck to this,” before he launched into ‘Do It For The Kids’.

During the 80 minute set, the band performed two encores and treated fans to Guns N’ Roses classics like ‘It’s So Easy’ along with Stone Temple Pilots hits ‘Crackerman’ and ‘Sex Type Thing’.

Before he sang forthcoming single ‘Fall To Pieces’, Weiland told the crowd that when he wrote the song, he was in a “bad and a very lonely place in his life.”

The group eventually ended the set with Nirvana track ‘Negative Creep’, which also features as a b-side on Velvet Revolver’s first single, ‘Slither’.

Speaking after the show, Sorum explained exclusively to NME.COM why they chose to play tracks by their former bands.

He said: “I like that Stone Temple Pilots stuff, it’s got a nice groove. It was great to play the Guns N’ Roses songs too because even today they are really good songs.

“We played ‘Negative Creep’ at the end because we felt it was a good statement and we’re all really big fans of Nirvana.

“I love England and I love playing here. Manchester is the hometown of Billy Duffy (The Cult guitarist) and I was a really big fan of his band. This is probably the best show we’ve done over here so far because the crowd were great.”

The band are due to tour the US later this year before they return for a series of dates in the UK in February.