VELVET REVOLVER Guitarist Says Audience Reaction Matters Most

February 11, 2005

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER are nominated for three Grammy Awards this Sunday night, including Best Rock Album for "Contraband", Best Hard Rock Performance for "Slither", and Best Rock Song for "Fall to Pieces". But despite the nominations, the album sales figures, and the hit status of "Fall to Pieces", lead guitarist Slash told Launch that the response they get from their audience is what matters the most. "It doesn't really matter what it says on paper, or what the record company is telling us is going on," he said. "It's really about that immediate reaction you get from the people that attend the concerts, you know. No matter what — that's really where you're gonna get the response from."

VELVET REVOLVER, U2 vocalist Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Brian Wilson will all participate in an all-star live performance of the BEATLES classic, "Across The Universe", during the Grammy Awards ceremony, with Slash acting as musical director. A recording of the song will be made available immediately for downloading at the Apple iTunes Music Store. All proceeds from sales of the song, which will cost 99 cents, will go toward tsunami relief efforts.

Video footage of the performance will be available at shortly after the 47th annual Grammy Awards are broadcast on CBS-TV.

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