Slash and his solo band, MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, are scheduled to enter the studio in early February to record the third album under the solo Slash banner. The follow-up to 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love” is being helmed by producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with Kennedy‘s other band, ALTER BRIDGE, as well as FALLING IN REVERSE, STORY OF THE YEAR and INCUBUS, to name a few.
Todd Kerns, the bassist and backup vocalist in Slash‘s band, writes on his blog: “I have to admit that, conceptually, I felt that ‘Apocalyptic Love’ would be a tough act to follow, but I can say with all the confidence in the world that we are more than armed and ready.
“Not only do I feel that the material surpasses ‘Apocalyptic Love’, I think we are ten times the band we were when that album was recorded.
“The material on this album is more serious and more fun at the same time, which is a tough balance indeed. The songs are sleazier, tougher and more dangerous. Exactly where I feel most comfortable.
“We are all very excited to unleash the monster upon you as soon as we can.
“We enter the studio early February and will work through the next few months. No plans as to when anything will be finished. It’ll be done when it’s done. I know we all hope to be back out on the road sooner than later but we’ll see.
“Our work with Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette has been a blast. He’s been a lot of fun to have around and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty within the pre-production process. All of the songs have taken on a new life under his whip. I’m enjoying every minute of this. Our engineer, Jef Moll, is a genius. This is an amazing team.
“Gonna be monstrous!”
The former GUNS N’ ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER axeman began this chapter of his career back in 2010 with his self-titled solo debut.
That album was recorded with a number of guest musicians and vocalists, including Kennedy. The latter first joined Slash as his touring vocalist, then became the permanent singer starting with “Apocalyptic Love”.
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that the partnership with Kennedy seemed natural from the start. “We work really well together,” he said. “I never really thought about how that’s progressing. It’s real natural. So it’s like any kind of sort of close relationship, where I think we established it really, really early on and now we’re just sort of doing our thing, you know. Yeah, I don’t know what else to say — it’s just a really cool kind of synergy that we’ve got.”
Kennedy and ALTER BRIDGE released their fourth album, “Fortress”, last fall and will hit the road in early 2014.
Slash also recently launched a second career as a movie producer, with his Slasher Films production company issuing its first release, called “Nothing Left To Fear”, in October 2013.