VELVET REVOLVER has issued the following update:"We've been writing songs for a few months now, and we've been in pre-production with the great Brendan O'Brien hashing out the tunes for the past few weeks. We'll be going into the recording studio next Monday the 11th to start recording the new album, with Brendan producing. "As you may know, Brendan has done a lot of amazing records, including ALL of the [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] albums, so expect nothing short of fantabulous. "The new songs are sweet and we can't wait for ya'll to hear 'em." VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland told Billboard.com last week that he has abandoned the idea of weaving an overall concept throughout the album. "In my opinion, there are so many schlock concept albums that have come out in the past year," he said. "The ground is way too over-fertile with concept records. I prefer to write a lean and rather vicious rock'n'roll record. I think that would be a better contribution to rock'n'roll at this moment." VELVET REVOLVER's 2004 debut, "Contraband", was certified double-platinum for sales in excess of two million copies in the United States.