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A few days ago former Guns ‘N’ Roses guitar hero Slash has released his debut solo album SLASH!! And since it’s been a while since you last heard from me I thought this might just get you through the day….
What you are about to read is a full album review, behind-the-scenes-information as well as other relevant details regarding Slash’s new album. But hang on….
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Slash is the debut solo album by former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist, Slash. The album was produced by Eric Valentine and is to feature multiple musicians including four of the five members of the Appetite for Destruction era Guns N' Roses lineup: Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. Singer Axl Rose is the only member of that lineup absent from the Slash line-up.
In his 2007 autobiography, Slash mentioned he was planning a solo album, which would feature a select list of vocalists he would like to work with. Slash's wife Perla mentioned in a 2008 interview that the album would include "everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Fergie"…
On February 4, 2010, Slash announced via a MySpace blog that "Myles Kennedy is going to be fronting the band for the upcoming tour. Something I'm really stoked about. Myles sang a killer track on the record & I think he is by far one of the best Rock & Roll singers out there today. I'm really honored & proud to be working with him."
Concert dates and ticket information have not yet currently been released but the guitarist confirmed, via Twitter that he was in talks with England's Download Festival promoter Andy Copping regarding an appearance with Kennedy and the rest of the touring band at the festival. Slash has confirmed that he will NOT only play his own solo material, but also songs from Guns N' Roses ("Civil War" among others), Velvet Revolver, and Slash's Snakepit, as well as Alter Bridge material.
Slash announced the full touring line-up for the upcoming tour, besides Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and himself: Bobby Schneck (Slash's Blues Ball, Aerosmith) on rhythm guitar, Todd Kerns (Age of Electric, Static in Stereo, Sin City Sinners) on bass and Brent Fitz (Alice Cooper) on drums. Several dates have already been confirmed : Slash will play in Melbourne (Australia) on the 28th of April, a date in Walker (MN) on May 21, in Atlantic City on May 22, in Columbus on May 23, at the festival Pinkpop (Netherlands) on the 30th of May, Rock am Ring (Germany) on June 3, Nova Rock Festival (Austria) on June 11, Hellfest (France) on June 19th, Wireless festival in London in July.
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Original Release Date: March 31, 2010
Number of Discs: 1
EMI (United States)
Universal Music (Japan)
Roadrunner Records (Europe)
Sony Music (Australia)
David Gresham Records (South Africa)
Slash has pulled out the big guns for his debut solo CD, and Guns N’ Roses (and Velvet Revolver) devotees will be relieved to know that the iconic guitarist doesn’t misfire. You might make the automatic assumption that Slash would deliver an album full of his trademark blues-rock riffage, and there is some truth to that notion. But the self-titled CD, although creatively driven by Slash, branches off into several musical arenas – due largely in part to the eclectic group of musicians recruited for the project. There aren’t many artists who would have the guts to include the likes of Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), and Iggy Pop on the same album, but you’ve got to hand it to the man with the top hat. He works it out.
The album’s 14 tracks (which include the last-minute addition “Back From Cali,” featuring Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy on vocals) always bolster trademark Slash moments, but the unique styles of the guest artists are also huge driving forces. It’s a veritable laundry list of the who’s who in rock, with Slash usually writing the musical portion with specific individuals in mind. Iggy Pop’s “We’re All Gonna Die” certainly carries the most punk-heavy vibe on the album, while the Lemmy Kilmeister-fronted “Doctor Alibi” contains all of the attitude and rawness one would hope and pray would embody the spirit of Motorhead. With pretty much every track, you’ll receive a good dose of soloing from Slash, who wows with his wah-fueled work in the first single “By The Sword” (featuring Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale).
Utilizing the skills of Fergie and/or crooner Levine could possibly induce fear and trepidation into any Guns N’ Rose purist. Thankfully Slash’s songwriting is steering the ship. Fergie’s performance on “Beautiful Dangerous” takes a huge leap from her usual hip-hop repertoire, and the slithering rock tune ends up being one of the most satisfying tracks on the album. Levine does not necessarily shock with the pop-rock ballad “Gotten,” but Slash has mentioned in interviews that writing that particular track was a labor-intensive process. Between its intricate arrangement (complete with a string section) and emotional intensity, “Gotten” is an uncharacteristic, but oddly satisfying offering.
For as much time as Slash poured into a complex arrangement like the one heard in “Gotten,” it’s the straight-on jam song that makes one of the biggest impressions. “Watch This,” which showcases the talents of drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Duff McKagan, is a grinding rock instrumental that is reminiscent of GN’R’s early days. Apparently Grohl refused to provide vocals, and the man must have known what he was doing. “Watch This” is a celebration of all the qualities that has elevated Slash to guitar god.
While Slash is essentially the man behind the music, the vocalists took control of the lyrics. Given the varied nature of the artists, Slash’s record delves into a broad range of themes. In one moment the record tackles relationships (Levine’s “Gotten” ) and in the next Kid Rock’s “I Hold On” is delivering the staple message of just-take-life-one-day-at-a-time. Who gets the award for being most brutally honest? Mr. Iggy Pop in “We’re Gonna Die,” of course. You can’t deny the punk appeal of lyrics like: “I’m in the mood; So let’s intrude; Pee on the ground and jump around.”
Don’t expect a carbon copy of Appetite For Destruction or Contraband with Slash’s self-titled debut. The guitarist has plenty more up his sleeve, and his diverse musical tastes have never been more evident. While that variety may still scare some listeners out there, the vast majority of tracks are memorable, infectious, and inspired. Slash channels Jimmy Page with “By The Sword,” and may singlehandedly revive Ozzy Osbourne’s music career with “Crucify The Dead.” A word of advice to any beloved musician who is looking to “go solo” in the future: Take notes from Slash.
Reviewed by: UG Team
Source: Ultimate Guitar (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com)
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1. Ghost (Feat. Ian Astbury) 3:35
2. Crucify The Dead (Feat. Ozzy Osbourne) 4:03
3. Beautiful Dangerous (Feat. Fergie) 4:38
4. Back From Cali (Feat. Myles Kennedy) 3:36
5. Promise (Feat. Chris Cornell) 4:40
6. By The Sword (Feat. Andrew Stockdale) 4:51
7. Gotten (Feat. Adam Levine) 5:03
8. Doctor Alibi (Feat. Lemmy Kilmeister) 3:10
9. Watch This (Feat. Dave Grohl/Duff McKagan) 3:52
10. I Hold On (Feat. Kid Rock) 4:18
11. Nothing To Say (Feat. M Shadows) 5:25
12. Starlight (Feat. Myles Kennedy) 5:25
13. Saint Is A Sinner Too (Feat. Rocco DeLuca) 3:28
14. We're All Gonna Die (Feat. Iggy Pop) 4:31
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