Velvet Revolver announced on their website today that their shows in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Yokohama— scheduled for the end of this month—have been cancelled. The band's visas were denied because, a release on their website says, "Japanese immigration officials are taking exception with the backgrounds of various band members, which have included arrests."  

The press release continues, "We want to apologize to our fans in Japan that we won't be able to perform our scheduled concerts. We don't understand why the authorities won't give us visas when they granted them for us in 2005 for what was a successful tour and a great experience. We love Japan and look forward to our return there."

Velvet Revolver will resume touring in Australia at the beginning of December in Brisbane, before returning to the U.S. for a much talked-about gig with Alice in Chains at the Gibson Amphitheatre on December 12. —Ellen Mallernee