Launch Radio Networks reports: VELVET REVOLVER's new album, called "Libertad", comes out on July 3, but for a while it looked like it might not come out at all. Bassist Duff McKagan told Launch that even though the band started working with producer Rick Rubin and writing songs, he was worried that Rubin and the group weren't pulling together. "I wasn't nervous, it was just kinda happening, you know," he said. "It was quietly falling apart. I don't know what my emotion was about it, so I can say it now because we all kind of talk about it. It was just a drag, 'cause we just didn't have a goal. We didn't have a date booked for the recording studio, we didn't know when we'd have a record out, we didn't know what we were writing so many songs for."
The band ultimately parted ways with Rubin and hired PEARL JAM producer Brendan O'Brien, who got the band back on track.
VELVET REVOLVER officially issues the first single from "Libertad" on Wednesday (May 16), titled "She Builds Quick Machines" (audio).
"Libertad" will be released in two formats. The regular CD will include a documentary about the making of the album, while a CD/DVD will feature a second documentary about the group's recent South American tour.
VELVET REVOLVER is currently on a brief North American tour that hits Boston on Wednesday (May 16). A summer trek pairing VELVET REVOLVER with ALICE IN CHAINS is in the works.