VELVET REVOLVER Shaping Up For Australian Number One

June 10, 2004

VELVET REVOLVER's "Contraband" looks likely to top the Australian album chart next week, according to Undercover News.

The band fronted by former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland and backed by former members of GUNS N' ROSES, including Slash on guitar, debuted at number one on the Australian HMV midweek chart.

As previously reported, "Contraband" is on track to sell well over 200,000 and possibly into the 250,000 range during its first week of release in the U.S.

In other news, Weiland recently told Launch Radio Networks that many of the songs on "Contraband" were inspired directly by problems he and his wife have had: "We went through a very painful separation, you know, and I was estranged from my family for almost a year. And I was suicidal during that time, you know. And there are references to that on this album. It was purely the love for my children that kept me from wiping myself off from this planet."

Weiland and his wife have two children — a 3 1/2 year-old son, and a daughter who's nearly two.

Weiland also said that these days, his family is happily reunited: "My wife and I are back together now, and we are happier than we've been since our honeymoon. And, you know, I'm so happy that I did not snuff myself out."

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