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Meet All The Velvet Revolver Band Members Since Its Formation In 2002

Velvet Revolver band members include Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner, and Scott Weiland. It is an alternative metal supergroup.

The band was formed when former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Sorum, and McKagan teamed up with Kushner, formerly of Wasted Youth, and Weiland, formerly of Stone Tempe Pilots. Each member was from a prominent rock and roll band, which made the band’s formation an exciting bit of rock history.

Velvet Revolver was formed in 2002 and was active until 2008 with all five members intact. However, due to their superstar status, and the fact that three of the members were from the same band previously, tensions marred the band’s entire lifespan.

The Velvet Revolver band members are:

  • Slash 
  • Duff McKagan
  • Matt Sorum
  • Dave Kushner 
  • Scott Weiland

1. Slash Is The Lead Guitarist

Velvet Revolver band members include Slash who played lead guitars for the band. Slash is considered one of the greatest guitarists ever.

He can also be thought of as the leader of Velvet Revolver because although he wasn’t the frontman, the band was his brainchild. Due to his inherent flair, many people thought the band was his, much to the ire of some other members.

Slash Age And Early Life

Slash is currently 57 years old as he was born on July 23, 1965. His birth name is Saul Hudson, and he is British-American.

He was born in Hampstead, London, but was raised until age 6 in Blurton. The child was born to Ola J Hudson, an African-American fashion designer, and Anthony Hudson, an English Caucasian album cover artist.

Slash Has The Largest Net Worth In The Band

Slash has a net worth of $100 million as of the writing of this article. Much of it comes from his musical career.

As stated above, Slash is best known as a member of Guns N’ Roses which is one of, if not the most popular and beloved rock band of all time. As one of its leading members, much of his money comes from GNR.

Slash Is Currently In A Long Term Relationship

Slash is currently in a relationship with Meegan Hodges. He has been married twice in his life and has two children.

His first wife was Renee Suran, a model/actress whom he was married to from 1992 to 1997, and his second wife was Perla Ferrar, whom he was married to from 2001 to 2014. 

His two children, London Emilio and Cash Anthony from his second wife. London was born in 2002, and Cash in 2004.

2. Duff McKagan Is The Bass Guitarist

Duff McKagan played bass guitar and some backing vocals in Velvet Revolver. Like Slash, he was also a GNR member.

Alongside Slash and Sorum, Duff is one of three people who envisioned and created Velvet Revolver. Although not as iconic as Slash, he is also a beloved rock legend.

Duff Is 59 Years Old

Duff was born on February 5, 1964, in Seattle, Washington. His real name is Michael Andrew McKagan.

He was born to Marie and Elmer McKagan and is the youngest of eight children. He gained his nickname, Duff, as a child, and has since used that as his proper name.

Duff Net Worth Is Slightly Lower Than Slash

Duff has a net worth of $70 million as of the writing of this article. Much of his net worth comes from his music.

Same as Slash, Duff benefits from having been a member of one of the biggest bands in the world. He has also had a successful solo career, but perhaps his biggest strength is his work as a session member with various other rock bands.

Duff Is Happily Married

Duff McKagan has been married three times in his life. He has two children, both daughters.

His first wife is named Mandy Brixx and the two were married from 1988 to 1990. Then, he married Linda Johnson, whom he divorced three years later in 1995.

His third and current wife is Susan Holmes, whom he married in 1999. They have two daughters named Grace Elizabeth, born in 1997, and Mae Marie, born in 2000.

3. Matt Sorum Is The Drummer

Matt Sorum played drums and backing vocals for Velvet Revolver. Like Duff and Slash, he was also a previous GNR member.

Sorum, alongside Slash and Duff, is a founding member of Velvet Revolver. The band came into formation due to the three realizing they still had musical chemistry post-GNR.

Matt Age And Early Life

Matt is 62 years old and he was born on November 19, 1960. He was born in Venice Beach, California.

Born, Matthew William Sorum, young Sorum wanted to start playing drums after he saw The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Since then he has played for The Cult, and Tori Amos aside from GNR and Velvet Revolver.

Matt Net Worth Is $10 Million

Matt net worth comes from his musical career in a host of different bands. He has played drums in all of them.

Aside from GNR, Sorum has been a member of a variety of different successful bands like The Cult, Tori Amos’s band, Hollywood Vampires, and more. His income comes from the various bands he has been in and all the touring he does.

Matt Is Married To Ace Harper

Matt is married to his longtime girlfriend Ace Harper. The two got married in Palm Springs, California on October 12, 2013.

Their marriage led to the birth of their daughter, and Matt’s only child, Lou Ellington Sorum. Lou was born on June 11, 2021. 

4. Dave Kushner Is The Rhythm Guitarist

Dave Kushner played rhythm guitar for the Velvet Revolver. Alongside Weiland, he is the only non-GNR member in the band.

The drummer joined Velvet Revolver through Duff, as Dave was previously a drummer for Duff’s touring band Loaded. Incidentally, Dave used to be friends with Slash back when the two were in junior high and high school, and due to their previous relationship and Duff’s recommendation, Slash invited the drummer to jam with the band, and eventually join. 

Dave Knew Slash During High School

Dave is 56 years old and he was born on November 16, 1966. He was born in Los Angeles, California.

As stated above, he knew Slash in junior high and high school and was actually a fan of Slash’s high school band, Tidus Sloan. He eventually started playing in bands himself at the age of 16 and even signed a record deal at the age of 20.

Dave Has The Least Net Worth In The Band

Dave has a net worth of $1.5 million as of the writing of this article. He has the lowest net worth of the members of the band.

Like Matt, Dave has played in many, many bands, with some of the most popular ones being Wasted Youth, Danzig, Sugar tooth, and Zilch, to name a few. However, his time in Velvet Revolver was the most prominent time of his musical career.

Dave And His Wife Have Been Together For 30 Years

Dave Kushner is married to his wife Christine Kushner. The two got married on June 6, 2003.

In fact, the two had been dating for a decade prior to that, as they have been together since 1993. They have been together for over 30 years. 

They have two children together. A son and a daughter.

5. Scott Weiland Is The Vocalist

Scott Weiland was the vocalist and frontman of Velvet Revolver. He was also the last member to join.

The singer auditioned to become the vocalist of the band after he became friends with Duff. They met at Duff’s gym, which they both attended, and joined the band after his previous band, Stone Temple Pilots had disbanded in 2003, a year after Velvet Revolver had initially begun as a band.

Scott Passed Away Young

Scott was 48 at the time of his death as he was born on October 27. 1967. He sadly passed away on December 3, 2015.

The singer was born to Sharon Williams and Kent Kline in San Jose, California, at the Kaiser Hospital. He got his surname, Weiland, from his stepfather David Weiland, who legally adopted him at the age of five. 

Scott Net Worth Suffered From His Debauchery

Scott had a net worth of $2 million at the time of his death. His net worth came from a successful musical career.

As the lead singer of not only Velvet Revolver but also Stone Temple Pilots, Scott raked in a lot of cash. Sadly, due to a tumultuous career filled with drugs and substance abuse, he didn’t manage to save a lot of money, which ended up hurting his net worth, and eventually taking his life.

Scott Had Troubled Marriages

Scott was married thrice in his life and had two children. Two of his three marriages ended in divorce.

His first wife was named Janina Castaneda, and they married in 1994, while his second wife was named Mary Forsberg, whom he married in 2000 shortly after divorcing Janina. His second marriage resulted in the birth of his son Noah in 2000, and his daughter Lucy in 2002.

Sadly, he divorced Mary in 2007. Prior to his death, he was engaged to and subsequently married his wife, Jamie Watchel in 2013.