[embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=[/embedyt] Then came the moving ballad Fall to Pieces. “Weiland wrote the song about his fight against heroin and the tribute to his wife Mary Forsberg, who was the guest in the song’s video. The set consisted mainly of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N’ Roses Covers, but two new titles appeared: “Set Me Free” and “Slither”. “Shortly tafter, the band signed a recording contract with RCA and began the debut of their first album. With an opening bass by Duff McKagan and a sophisticated Slash guitar, “Dirty Little Thing” was exactly the kind of song to play live. Weiland told Rolling Stone: “Overall, the album is a true representation of the best aspects of STP music and the best aspects of Guns N’ Roses when they were at their best: vicious, aerodynamic and lively strippers, and their music was excellent. In the summer of 2003, the band also recorded another soundtrack for Pink Floyd’s “Money” for The Italian Job Remake. Contraband’s fourth single is Dirty Little Thing, a very energetic rocker going back to the beginnings of the band Todd and Nelson were still involved in. McKagan said in an interview with Billboard: “It seems that this group – reincarnation of ourselves into something else – has now been included in this very different kind of top level. Slash recalls: “Before Scott joined in, we tried many different singers, and many of them sang this song. “It’s a completely different song for me because I recorded it with an old 50’s Telecaster and played the solo on a Strat 65. As mentioned earlier, “Set Me Free” was the first song most people heard from Velvet Revolver. When I introduced it to the band, it was 10 times slower, but we accelerated everything,” recalls Slash. And fans agreed when “Slither” topped Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks for nine weeks and Modern Rock Tracks for four weeks. After “Set Me Free” paved the way, the group released its first Contraband CD on June 8, 2004. Jay Popoff and future band member Todd Kerns were among the names they were said to have tried out, while Mike Patton of Faith No More, Mike Patton of Alter Bridge and Myles Kennedy and Ian Astbury of The Cult were also invited to the audition, but all turned down the offers. Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum gatd for a concert honoring Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo in Hollywood.
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