Velvet Revolver, the much buzzed-about rock group featuring Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Dave Kushner from Dave Navarro’s band, has signed an exclusive worldwide recording agreement with RCA Records. The quintet will release its highly anticipated debut album in 2004.
Weiland, Slash, McKagan, Sorum and Kushner are revered as five of rock’s most valuable players. Their illustrious careers are highlighted by an astonishing run of chart-topping gold and platinum albums, major industry awards, critical acclaim and music of monolithic power. Together they’re making rock history with a lineup of unparalleled artistic and commercial success.
“This is a milestone signing for RCA. Velvet Revolver is distinguished by not only its powerhouse musicianship but also by its new material. The songs I’ve heard will propel this group to the very forefront of rock music today,” said Clive Davis, Chairman/CEO RCA Music Group.
“We’re thrilled to partner with RCA Records and its legendary chief, the enigmatic Clive Davis,” says Velvet Revolver. “We believe this marriage will be a loyal, dedicated and fruitful relationship not based solely on business, but instead on the thing that once dared us all to dream-music.”
This past summer, Velvet Revolver fired its first shot at a celebrity-filled El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. The all-star group garnered rave reviews. The band is currently in the studio doing pre-production work for their upcoming RCA debut.
BMG is the global music division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading media companies. BMG owns more than 200 record labels in 41 countries including Ariola, Arista Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Records and RCA Label Group – Nashville. In addition, BMG’s music publishing operations are the third largest in the world.