Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NationGuns N’ Roses kicked off their European tour Sunday in Berlin, with a set list that included an unexpected nod to another artist: Velvet Revolver.
GN’R performed a cover of Velvet Revolver’s “Slither,” from the album Contraband. As Billboard notes, it was the first time that GN’R had ever played a song by VR — Slash and Duff McKagan’s former band — in concert. That band featured the late Scott Weiland on vocals.
As Billboard notes, the cover was surprising given that Axl Rose and Weiland weren’t exactly the best of friends, having been involved in a public feud in 2006. At that time, Axl, who had not yet reconciled with his former Guns N’ Roses band mates, issued a statement calling Weiland a “fraud,” and accusing Slash and Duff of making “negative and malicious statements” about him.
Weiland responded by posting a message on the VR website calling Axl, among other things, a “fat, Botox-faced, wig-wearin’ f***.”
Of course, now everything is fine and dandy with GN’R: Their Not In This Lifetime tour, starting in 2016, raked in over $480 million bucks.