Now that the holidays are over, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash and his backing band are returning to the studio to complete the legendary axeman’s second solo album. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Slash told Total Guitarthat he’s going for a more live feel this time around, explaining, “We’re just going for the one take that sounds good, so my solos are more raw, probably sloppier in a way, because they’re very spontaneous to the point where it’s in the heat of the moment.”
He added, “Everything is being played live with the music tracks: the solos, everything. We’re trying not to overdub extra bits. So if there’s a solo, I’m playing on one side, Myles [Kennedy]’s rhythm track is on the other.”
Unlike his 2010 solo debut, which featured a number of guest vocalists and session players, Slash is recording this album with his touring band, which includes singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy of ALTER BRIDGE.
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he’s never felt more comfortable or relaxed in a band situation before now. “I definitely have found a certain freedom to be able to feel comfortable expressing myself with the guys that I’m working with, and just being able to focus on what it is that I like to focus on, and not having a lot of outside distraction and internal distraction and confusion,” he said. “So yeah, this has been the most fun that I’ve had since the earliest GUNS days.”
Early song titles for Slash‘s sophomore effort include “Bad Rain”, “Halo”, “Standing In The Sun” and “Far And Away”. The record is expected to arrive in April.
Meanwhile, Slash and the rest of VELVET REVOLVER will stage a brief reunion with former singer Scott Weiland for a one-off performance on Thursday, January 12 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. The event is a tribute concert for late composer John O’Brien, who died last August at the age of 45.
Slash and the other members of GUNS N’ ROSES are also confirmed to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.