Watch Guns N' Roses Perform Velvet Revolver's "Slither" in Europe
By Andrew Magnotta
June 4, 2018
"We're gonna try something. Hope you like it," frontman Axl Rose said before the band wound up its intro.
"Slither" was a big rock radio hit as the second single from Velvet Revolver's 2004 debut album, Contraband. In addition to the GNR guitarist and bassist, the band at the time also featured former GNR drummer Matt Sorum, Wasted Youth's Dave Kushner and Stone Temple Pilots' frontman Scott Weiland.
The song's inclusion in GNR's live set serves to further indicate goodwill among the reunited band members Rose, Slash and McKagan, since Velvet Revolver was the latter two's first shot at a big rock band following their messy departure from GNR years earlier and their newfound sobriety.
"Slither" also signifies a bit of an evening out of the setlist since the band has also been playing tracks from GNR's Chinese Democracy live.
McKagan said in September that he and Slash enjoy playing music from Chinese Democracy and trying to "take ownership" of that music, even though the pair did not perform on that album.
GNR recently announced a massive reissue of the band's groundbreaking debut album, Appetite for Destruction, complete with 49 previously unreleased songs from that era. The box set arrives. June 29.
Guns N' Roses is about to continue its tour this summer in Europe. The band will have September and October off and then return to the road in Asia in November. Get the tour dates here.
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