Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) recently re-entered Barefoot Recording in Hollywood, California with producer Eric Valentine (QUEENS OF STONE AGE, THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS) to resume recording Slash‘s upcoming solo album for a tentative April 2012 release. Joining Slash in the studio are the members of his touring band: vocalist Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE), rhythm guitarist Bobby Schneck, bassist Todd Kerns (SIN CITY SINNERS, formerly of AGE OF ELECTRIC), and drummer Brent Fitz (formerly of THEORY OF A DEADMAN).
In a brand new post on his Facebook page, Slash writes, “[It] looks like we’ll be finished recording next week. Then mixing begins. It’s all going on.”
Speaking to Total Guitar magazine, Slash stated about the recording sessions for the new CD, “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. 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‘ rhythm track is on the other.”
In a recent interview, Slash stated about the musicians in his band, “I was really fortunate. When I’d done the [first solo] record, I thought, ‘I’ve gotta tour on this.’ And I had to figure how I was gonna actually pull that off. And I set about auditioning musicians in L.A. and I just happened to meet Brent Fitz, who I’d never played before and who is not from Los Angeles; he was one of the guys I auditioned and he was great. And then he introduced me to Todd Kerns, who fit in perfectly. And it turned out to be a great band from the start — definitely worth going in and making a record with.”
Valentine previously worked with Slash on the guitarist’s self-titled solo album. But “the big difference,” according to Slash, will be that Eric is “also gonna be mastering this one” in addition to recording and mixing the CD. “So it’s like one-stop shopping, which is pretty cool,” the axeman said.
Regarding the musical direction of his new material and how it compares to last year’s self-titled effort, Slash said, “This one’s definitely a very focused… Very hard. Some of it’s very heavy. It’s got sort of a more unified sound to it, especially with one vocal all throughout.”