Velvet Revolver unveil ‘concept’

The band have been working on it for months

Velvet Revolver have revealed their plans to record a concept album.

Following in the footsteps of Green Day, who received worldwide acclaim for their rock opera ‘American Idiot’, the band have been working on the LP for months, but are remaining tight-lipped about its content.

“It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since the last Stone Temple Pilots album, since (2001’s) ‘Shangri-La Dee Da’ album, and it never was completely realised,” singer (and former Stone Temple Pilot) Scott Weiland said. “You never know until you really completely get there, but it’s going in that direction right now.”

Bassist Duff McKagan told MTV News: “This album really has to make a statement. We’ve toured for 18 months. Now we have a brand name. Now we know each other as a band. The first album was just us together at home, a spontaneous product. Now it’s time to make that record.”

As well as working on the follow-up to Velvet Revolver’s 2004 debut ‘Contraband’, Weiland has also started on his second solo album, following 1998’s ’12 Bar Blues’.

He revealed that he intended to release the solo effort a few years ago but joined former Guns ‘N’ Roses members Slash, McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum along with Dave Kushner to form Velvet Revolver.

“I think I was looking really for a way out of doing drugs,” Weiland said. “Then I kept on thinking the music (they were sending me) was getting better and better and finally I was just like, ‘I think that there really might be a real contribution waiting to happen for rock and roll here. And I think if I join this I can really add something to this and make a real contribution.'”

Neither album has a title or release date as yet, but McKagan hinted that the Velvet Revolver LP may hit stores in Spring.

The band will also be ringing in 2006 with a special New Year’s Eve show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

McKagan explained: “It’s a tiny little club where people can hang from the rafters. It’s gonna be hot and sweaty and ferocious, but that’s rock and roll.”