“In 2002 Michael was approached by an admirer of his music who also happened to be a film maker extremely active in the Hollywood scene. This gentleman was working on a film project, and convinced Michael that it would be wrong if he didn’t participate in it. At the time, Guns and Roses was no longer together, and the project involved filming a yet to be released documentary finding Slash (guitar, of course), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) a lead singer for their band. The band once united with Scott Weiland, and Dave Kushner (guitar), was to go on to become Velvet Revolver.
Michael was given the music, and asked to write vocal melodies and lyrics that would do the music justice. Here on MySpace is the debut of what resulted when those worlds collided. Michael is thankful for participating in that project, and the experience itself. Enjoy “Mother Mary,” and a sincere “thank you” to everyone everywhere who has supported Michael Knott past, present, and future.”
The filmaker that was working on this project put together a special for VH1 called “(Inside)OUT: The Rise of Velvet Revolver” that was aired on December 1, 2004.
‘Mother Mary’ was available for listening on MySpace for a while, but none of these songs have been officially released. I don’t know enough about Velvet Revolver to know if any of these songs have made it on to any albums. This project is called ‘Velvet Knott Elvis’ here because that is what the official MySpace page dubbed it.
An interesting note – ‘Suicide by Cop’ was also listed once in a playlist as a Strung Gurus song at a benefit concert.
Watch “The Rise Of Velvet Revolver”