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January 7th, 2003 - Slash was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Rock Instrumental category for his version of "The Godfather Love Theme".
January 21st, 2003 - Duff, Matt and Slash played at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Singing with them was actress Gina Gershon.

Together they performed songs such as Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin' " and the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog".

With Shooter Jenning on vocals thy performed Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love," the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," the Damned's "New Rose" and such GN'R songs as "It's So Easy" and "Paradise City."

February 23rd, 2003 - Slash didn't win the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The Grammy went to The Flaming Lips.
March 1st, 2003 - It's revealed that Steven Adler's new band is called Suki Jones.

The band are performing an all-cover set list that includes songs from "Appetite For Destruction" as well as songs by Thin Lizzy and AD/DC.

March 15th, 2003 - The Offspring planned to call their new album Chinese Democracy. "You snooze, you lose," Offspring singer Dexter Holland said. "Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title."
April 28th, 2003 - Photographer Robert John sued Axl Rose for allegedly refusing to honor an earlier contract in which Rose agreed to pay $80,000 for hundreds of photos of the band that John has taken since 1985.
May 13th, 2003 - Scott Weiland confirms to Rolling Stone that he is the singer for the band featuring Duff, Matt and Slash. He also says that the band's name is Reloaded.
June 6th, 2003 - It's announced that the band featuring Scott Weiland, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Slash and Dave Kushner is called Velvet Revolver.
June 19th, 2003 - Velvet Revolver plays their first live show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

The setlist: Bodies (by the Sex Pistols), Set Me Free, Sex Type Thing (by the Stone Temple Pilots), It's So Easy (GN'R), Slither, Negative Creep (by Nirvana)

The exclusive invitation-only show was preceded by a media question-and-answer session.

July, 2003 - During July, Tommy Stinson plays solo shows in New York City, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, UK.
July 5th, 2003 - Velvet Revolver's "Set Me Free" enters the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart at number 30.
July 16th, 2003 - According to MTV, Axl previewed a few Chinese Democracy tracks at the Crazy Horse Too in Las Vegas.
August 16th, 2003 - The DVD/EP of their first live show that Velvet Revolver had planned to release, was cancelled.
August 22nd, 2003 - Velvet Revolver sign with RCA Records.

"We're thrilled to partner with RCA Records and its legendary chief, the enigmatic Clive Davis," the band said in a statement. "We believe this marriage will be a loyal, dedicated and fruitful relationship not based solely on business, but instead on the thing that once dared us all to dream music."

August 24th, 2003 - Tommy Stinson starts a three week US club tour in Albany, NY.
August 30th, 2003 - Mike Piazza appeared on New York classic rock station Q104.3's show, "Friday Night Rocks... with Eddie Trunk".

He had a CD marked "Guns N' Roses, 'I.R.S.', " which he said he received in the mail three weeks prior. Trunk played the song at 12:15 a.m.

According to news reports, Piazza then gave the cd to Trunk who was contacted by GN'R's management.

September 21st, 2003 - Izzy and Slash joined Adler's Appetite at their show in Hollywood, CA.

They played Mr. Brownstone, Knockin' On Heaven's Door and Paradise City with the band.

Later Steven commented on the reunion on his site:

"It was real nice. Well, the guys in my band, Jizzy, Kerri...are great, too. I love playing the songs with them. Having Slash and Izzy up there with us made playing those songs more real, y'know? They are my brothers, we accomplished a lot together. Playing with them again was great. I hope the fans liked it."

October 21st, 2003 - A tracklisting for a GN'R "Greatest Hits" or "Best Of" appeared on Amazon.com.

Apparently Geffen planned on releasing it on November 25th, but it was later cancelled.

October 27th, 2003 - Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland was arrested in Hollywood, CA on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and misdemeanor hit-and-run following a traffic collision.

He was later ordered to report to a live-in detox program followed by six months in a residential drug rehab center.

October 28th, 2003 - GN'R enters the DVD age with the North American release of the Use Your Illusion World Tour - Live In Tokyo I, II and Welcome To The Videos DVDs.
October 31st, 2003 - Matt Sorum's first solo album "Hollywood Zen" was released. It's sold through his website. Slash makes a guest appearance on the track "The Blame Game".
November 6th, 2003 - It's announced that GN'R will perform at the Rock In Rio - Lisbon festival in Lisbon, Portugal on May 30th, 2004.
November 8th, 2003 - The Welcome To The Videos DVD entered the Billboard Top Music Video chart at number 5.
December 23rd, 2003 - According to Slash, Velvet Revolver's debut album is done.

It was mixed in New York City and handed over to RCA Records.

  

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