LOADED, the band formed by current VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan (on guitar and vocals) after he left GUNS N' ROSES, has made its 2001 album, "Dark Days", available for free download at this location (the link is in red, top left).LOADED has posted the first webisode (see below) featuring footage from the recording sessions for the group's new album, to be released before the end of the year. The sessions are progressing well and they band already has three new tracks ready "Forgive Me", "Sick" and "No More". In addition to McKagan, LOADED features drummer Geoff Reading (GREEN APPLE QUICK STEP), bassist Jeff Rouse (VENDETTA RED, ALIEN CRIME SYNDICATE) and guitarist Mike Squires (ALIEN CRIME SYNDICATE). LOADED will embark on a European tour in September. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 06 - Vittoria, SPA @ Azkena Festival,
Sep. 13 - Milan, ITA @ Rock Of Ages - A September To Remember Festival
Sep. 14 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
Sep. 15 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
Sep. 16 - Sheffield, UK @ Academy 2
Sep. 18 - London, UK @ Islington Academy
Sep. 19 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
Sep. 20 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Sep. 21 - Newcastle, UK @ Sage Club
Sep. 22 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
Sep. 23 - Inverness, UK @ Ironworks
Sep. 25 - Belfast, N. IRE @ Limelight
Sep. 26 - Dublin, IRE @ Academy Support on the UK/Ireland portion of the trek will come from THE LOYALTIES.
LOADED was formed in 1999 and has morphed several times, releasing two albums: 1999's "Live Episode" and "Dark Days". McKagan and the rest of VELVET REVOLVER are reportedly recording demos for their next album while they search for a replacement for singer Scott Weiland.