Slash Makes Musical Statement With New CD
February 16, 2010
FMQB.com reports: Earlier this month, Slash revealed the full guest list of singers that will appear on his solo album, including Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Ian Astbury, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmeister, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother and more. Fans may be a bit surprised by some of the people on that list, and Slash admits that some of them are “off the beaten Slash path.”
“I wasn’t trying to consciously bridge any generation gaps or to try to be eclectic,” the guitarist told the Los Angeles Times. “I wrote the music first, and I took the different styles of music that I was writing and farmed it out to singers who I thought might like it or be appropriate for. So for instance, I’d say, ‘Adam Levine would sound amazing on this.’ So while that may be way off the beaten Slash path, I knew that’s what I would sound great.”
Slash also said that while the singers are eclectic, the music isn’t anything too far removed from the traditional Rock & Roll that he is known for. “As a solo artist, I could get away with a lot of things that aren’t confined by the parameters of being in a band,” Slash added. “This was a musical statement for me. I provided music for the singers, and it was an open campus for them to do what they wanted. Some people we collaborated on the music, and did whatever was necessary for that singer to have as much input, and some instances the arrangement I set the demo is the way it came out on the record. They had free rein on the lyrics and the vocal melodies.”
The solo album, aptly called Slash, will be released in April through EMI Label Services, which will act mainly as a distribution and marketing partner. Slash plans to take the album on tour with singer Myles Kennedy, who is known for his work with Alter Bridge, and they promise to break out some Guns N’ Roses classics and deep cuts on the tour.