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The new Slash album 'Apocalyptic Love' will be released on May 22nd, but if you're looking for bonus tracks and more, you may want to order the Classic Rock Magazine fanpack. The Fanpack will feature the full studio album plus two exclusive bonus tracks which are only available in this unique offering. The Fanpack will also include a 132-page deluxe magazine which delves deep into the world of the iconic former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist. Key highlights include:
- An in-depth interview with Slash and his singer and co-songriter Myles Kennedy
- A full track-by-track breakdown of the new album with commentary from Slash and Myles
- Interviews with album producer Eric Valentine and sleeve designer Frank Maddocks
- An exclusive report from the one-off Velvet Revolver reunion earlier this year
- A look at what the future holds for Slash -- including the induction of Guns N' Roses into this years Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- An exclusive competition to win a limited Slash Epiphone Les Paul guitar
The Fanpack will also include a pin badge and artwork poster. Check out the video documenting it all:
Slash News: Says it would be cool to play at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, ‘Apocalyptic Love’ album samples now available
Hopefully we're getting closer to some kind of Guns N' Roses reunion at the Rock And Roll hall Of Fame Industion ceremonies coming up in just over two weeks (Apr. 14). Steven Adler is up for it, as is Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed and Matt Sorum and now it seems Slash as well. Slash told Loudwire, "I would love to play. It's just, one of those things where I know that it's not going to happen, so… I just did an interview and said, 'I don't think we're playing.' [Laughs]. I mean I think it would be cool to play, but very early on when the whole thing came up, it became apparent that it wasn't going to happen — and you know, that doesn't surprise me. We've been at odds for...well, not at odds, but we just haven't had any sort of communication in a long time so… that's basically it. That's all I can tell you."
Looks like it's up to you Axl, can you put aside any lingering animosity for Slash... at least for one night? Let's hope.
Kevin Conklin of the 93.7 KCLB Rocks! conducted an interview with Slash (Mar. 26). Listen to the entire interview via Soundcloud:
Audio samples of all the kick ass tracks that are set to appear on 'Apocalyptic Love' are now available at www.amazon.com. These snippets reinforce the fact that we already knew- that this will be one of the top hard rock releases of the year. It's all killer, no filler!
In the U.K., "Apocalyptic Love" will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form. It's a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the "Slash" disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy.
'Apocalyptic Love' track listing:
1. Apocalyptic Love
2. One Last Thrill
3. Standing In The Sun
4. You're A Lie
5. No More Heroes
7. We Will Roam
9. Not For Me
10. Bad Rain
11. Hard & Fast
12. Far And Away
13. Shots Fired
Step into the ‘Slash Box,’ check out a snippet of the new Slash track and Ali jam with Lenny Kravitz (video)
Slash has posted a fourth video documenting the recording of the new 'Apocalyptic Love'' album, due May 22nd. Check out the latest offering and find out all about the 'Slash Box,' the isolated room where Slash does his thing.
Australian hard rock station Triple M has previewed a snippet of a track from the new album called 'You're a Lie,' with the entire track expected to be available this Monday (Feb. 27).
The new album will be available a full four weeks before the regular album release, as the UK magazine Classic Rock presents the Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) - Apocalyptic Love Fanpack edition. It includes the new album in full (13 tracks + 2 bonus tracks), plus a 132-page magazine dedicated to every aspect of how this unique album was written and recorded.
The Slash Fan Pack will also give the exclusive low down on all the tracks, the band members, including Myles Kennedy, the Alter Bridge vocalist who has co-authored all the tracks with Slash, as well as the background on Slash's plans for the future.
The Fan Pack magazine is 100% Slash-approved and contains major exclusive new interviews with Slash, Myles and every member of the band, plus producer Eric Valentine and album sleeve designer, Frank Maddox.
The magazine is also packed with a wealth of rare shots of Slash and his band in action and also includes an official die-cast metal Slash pin badge and a giant poster. You can pre-order now here.
Slash has announced he will be playing live with Ozzy Osbourne as part of the 'Ozzy And Friends' European tour which has replaced all but one of Black Sabbath's summer live shows. The shows have had to be reworked because of Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi continued battle with lymphoma. Slash begins a brief US tour on May 3 in Baltimore, with dates booked throughout the month.
It was also confirmed earlier this week that the classic line up of Guns N' Roses will reunite to attend their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April. However, they are not confirmed to play live together on the night as yet. Dizzy Reed of GnR told Billboard recently "I know that all the original band is going to be there, I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."
Slash doesn’t deny Dizzy Reed’s claim that the band is getting back together for one night in Cleveland, but he hasn't confirmed it. “I know that there’s a lot of rumor about it, as always when it comes to GNR, out there on the Internet and stuff, but as it stands right this second, I have no idea what’s going on,” the guitarist said in an interview with Mike Jones of Washington D.C. rock radio station DC101 a few days ago. Let's hope the guys hit the stage together, as it will surely be the big story at this years induction ceremony.
Slash joined his buddy Lenny Kravitz onstage for a rendition of 'Always on the Run' at the 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Feb. . The 16th annual Power Of Love Gala in honor of Ali at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, celebrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his contribution to the world and raises awareness for Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's, the disease Ali has been battling since 1984.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's work toward enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The tribute to the legend that is Ali will air tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 25) on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes, as they will vary. The tribute also includes performances by Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, LL Cool J, John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Dave Koz and Hailey Reinhart. Look for appearances by former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Sean Combs, Terrance Howard, Common, Ne-Yo, Ken Jeong and more.
Here's an Artisan News Report documenting the occasion with Sammy Hagar showing his respect for the champ as well:
Slash has titled his upcoming album 'Apocalyptic Love.' The new solo album is due out May 22 on Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI.
For the new album, Slash — along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) — teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the "Slash" album. “I love how diverse his tastes were,” Slash said of working with Valentine on his previous solo record. “Somehow he just managed to catch on [to] exactly what was going on in my head. So we just clicked right away.”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Slash was asked if he considers his current group to be a full-fledged "band," and said: "I'm a band guy. Everything I touch I turn into a fucking band. I still have my name on the marquee and everything, but I'm just not a dictator, I don't want to rule anything. I like to hear what other people's ideas are and so on and so forth. But the guys, like Brent and Todd, aren't looking for any kind of glorified credit other than what it is that they do. Some people are stumbling over themselves trying to write even though they're not inspired to do anything, but just to get their thing in there, which I deal with a lot in other situations. So I just write music, Myles writes his lyrics and his melodies, and he helps me get all that together with the music. And if anybody has any input on anything, it's open season."
He added, "I realized I was a band guy when I was 15 when I only knew like four licks and two chords and I started a band. I like working in a band atmosphere, I think something about that camaraderie. I do not want to do it all by myself. I'm like that with everything else, I don't want to do that with music. I'm very much a loner in most respects, but when it comes to working with music, whether I'm leading it or not, the last record was very collaborative. It was just a lot of different people. But this is just one group of guys, which is really cool for me at this point after having done the last record and going in with Chris Chaney and Josh Freese and going, 'Here's the demo, let's learn it real quick.' Then we record it and bring the vocal in, that's how every song went. This is more my style of recording where we rehearse the shit out of it until it feels second nature and then go and bang it out in the studio."
He was also asked when was the last time he went someplace on vacation as opposed to being on the road on tour?
"Before the last U.K. leg I went and met Perla in Ibiza once again for 10 days, and then took off to go play with B.B. King during the middle of that. It’s hard to nail me down for any length of time because there’s too much to do. And since I’m pretty much solely responsible for my own fucking destiny at this point I can’t rely on other people to do it. I have really great management, but I work toe-to-toe with them on everything. So someone’s gotta be here."
Here's a couple more questions from the intervie: You have that flexibility to do what you want, pick up that guitar, and if B.B. King says, “Jam with me,” take off and play with him.
"I started doing that as soon as I was welcome to do that by my sometimes peers and also some heroes. As soon as that started coming in I took off and started doing it. And that was in the very early Nineties or even late Eighties, like ’89 to ’90."
Do you remember who the first band was to welcome you on stage?
"I think I have always needed that, where you go up and just stay completely humbled and fucking learn to work with other people cause you can get in such a bubble being in a rock & roll band that’s arrogant and fucking does its thing and is probably one of the best bands around doing it. And you just become isolated into that little island, and it’s very limited. I would jam in bars even. That’s always kept me grounded and always kept me learning as a player and keep me seeing how really great other musicians are that are better than me all over the place (laughs). One of the first recording sessions I started going in and doing was Alice Cooper, Lenny Kravitz was early on, Iggy Pop was early, Insane Clown Posse. There were a few sessions in there, but those pop out as really early on, especially the Alice Cooper one, that “Hey Stupid” song." Read the entire interview here.
On May 21 in the U.K. the new slash album will be released as an exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin badge and artwork poster. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally, followed by the standard physical release on June 18.
Slash With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
May 3 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
May 5 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham Speedway
May 7 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
May 10 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live
May 12 – Kansas City, MO – Liberty Memorial Park
May 13 – Indianola, IA – National Balloon Classic Field
May 14 – Minneapolis, MN – The Brick
May 16 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
May 17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
May 19 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew Stadium
May 20 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
May 25 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Route 66 Casino
Slash News: Watch Part 2 of Monster Energy Slash European tour video, reveals new album track titles
Slash has recently previewed the rough demos of 3 new tracks for Radio host and "That Metal Show's" Eddie Treunk. "Halo," "Standing in the Sun" and "Bad Rain" are the titles of the tracks.
The follow-up to his 2010 debut will be produced by Eric Valentine and feature vocals only by Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy. Kennedy sang on two tracks on the debut, and in my opinion they were the two besy. Kennedy reportedly turned down an offer to audition for Slash’s band Velvet Revolver, joining Alter Bridge with Creed members Mark Tremonti (lead guitar), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums).
This past Oct. 14 on Twitter, Slash wrote that Kennedy will rejoin Alter Bridge for their European tour, but will return to the studio to finish the album in December. Slash tweeted about the new tracks, “S—t is sounding so baddass! Plan on hearing something not too long from now.” “Just back from the studio. Ruff mixes sound great. Played a few for Eddie Trunk. Said he dug it.”
Check out part 2 of Slash's band on tour in Europe earlier this year with video shot by the band and their crew at www.monsterenergy.com. The latest video is set to the fantastic track "Starlight". Check out the other while you are there.