Guns N' Roses kicks off their European tour with an epic cover of the 2004 single "Slither" by the hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver.
Guns N' Roses Live In Berlin
At the Berlin stop of their "Not In This Lifetime" tour this week, the music icons delivered a 24-song set featuring their fan favorites and classics, as well as their usual covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, and Wings.
On Sunday, June 3, they also debuted their rendition of "Slither." The track was originally performed by the Velvet Revolver, a superband that consists of familiar rock figures including Guns N' Roses's Slash (lead guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums). Other members are Dave Kushner of Wasted Youth (rhythm guitar) and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots (vocalist).
The supergroup was created in 2002 and has recorded two albums, namely Contraband and Libertad. Unfortunately, after Weiland left to rejoin the Stone Temple Pilots in 2008, the band never found a replacement singer.
Loudwire adds that, over the weekend, a short 15-second clip of Guns N' Roses circulated online, which saw the hard rock band rehearsing their cover of "Slither."
Other songs that the band performed at their Berlin concert include "It's So Easy," "Mr. Brownstone," "Chinese Democracy," "Welcome to the Jungle," "Double Talkin' Jive," "Better," "Rocket Queen," "Sweet Child O' Mine," "November Rain," "Speak Softly," and "Knockin' On heaven's Door."
Guns N' Roses will perform next at the Dyreskuepladsen in Odense, Denmark on June 6, Wednesday, and then at Download Festival in Great Britain on Saturday, June 9.
The band is also heading to Asia for live concerts in Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, and Hong Kong in November.
Guns N' Roses Guitarist Izzy Stradlin On Skipping Reunion Tour
Meanwhile, fans are wondering where is Izzy Stradlin, the reclusive guitarist of the band and one of the founding members of the hard rock group. Apparently, the instrumentalist has explained his absence from the reunion tour.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Invisible said that there is no hard feelings between him and the rest of the guys but, sometimes, things simply do not work out.
"The current GnR tour has been a great success for the guys," he explained via The Rolling Stone. "My non-participation was simply not being able to reach a happy middle ground through the negotiation process. That's life, sometimes things don't work out."
The band is also about to release the reissue of their 1987 debut album titled Appetite for Destruction.