January 6, 2012 21:00

Velvet Revolver announce plans to reunite for one-off LA benefit concert

Original line up to play reunion gig next week for late friend John O'Brien

Velvet Revolver announce plans to reunite for one-off LA benefit concert

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The original members of Velvet Revolver are reforming for a one off benefit gig in LA next week.

Ex-Guns N'Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner and singer Scott Weiland will reunite next Thursday (January 12) at the House Of Blues. The band have been without a frontman since Weiland quit in 2008.

The show will honour Kushner's late friend and musician John O'Brien, who was found dead at the age of 45 in his Chicago hotel room last August.

The concert will also feature Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow and Crosby, Stills And Nash member Stephen Stills.

Kushner told Rolling Stone:

That [having other acts on the bill] will take the pressure off all of the bands, including Velvet. Because we hadn’t played with Scott in a long time I said, 'Look, let's just do three songs'. So we just got a bunch of people. Everyone will do three songs.

Velvet Revolver have been auditioning for singers ever since Weiland quit the band. They recently recorded an album with Slipknot's Corey Taylor but decided to shelve it.
Now, Kushner has hinted that the gig could be the start of a full blown reunion.

He added: "We haven’t played together in four years, and so we're really just like, 'Let's see how this goes'.

"I know everyone's got other commitments, but I think everyone's like, 'Let's get this thing done and get through this and then we'll see'."

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