VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has revealed the lineup of musicians who will join him for his all-star concert in Las Vegas on October 2. The concert, billed "Slash & Friends", celebrates the 20th anniversary of Las Vegas hotel, casino and white tiger playground the Mirage.
According to Slash, the "house band" for the Mirage gig will be as follows:
* Tommy Clufetos (ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER, TED NUGENT) - Drums
* Johnny Griparic (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT) - Bass
* Ted "Zig Zag" Andreadis (GUNS N' ROSES) - Keyboards
* John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON) - Guitar
* Slash - Guitar
* Franky Perez (SCARS ON BROADWAY) - Vocals
Slash's special guests that night are "more or less in this order":
* Rocco Deluca (THE BURDEN)
* Nicole Scherzinger (PUSSYCAT DOLLS)
* Courtney Love (HOLE)
* Rick Nielsen (CHEAP TRICK)
* Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK)
* Joe Perry (AEROSMITH)
Slash says, "Matt Sorum [VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES] is [also] jamming a couple songs, plus there will be some other surprises. I also just got confirmation that the JOE PERRY PROJECT is playing as well, [so] it promises to be a bitchin' evening."
The Mirage, developed by casino mogul Steve Wynn, opened in November 1989.
Slash has spent the last few months recording material for his forthcoming solo album, which will be released under the "Slash & Friends" banner. He says, "the [record] is in its mixing stage and the mixes to this point sound great. We have recorded 18 songs, with one more I want to track in the next couple weeks." He adds, "the record is still slated for a February/March release."
Slash tracked most of the CD with former NINE INCH NAILS drummer Josh Freese and ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney. Confirmed guest singers so far include Ozzy Osbourne, AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows and Chris Cornell (SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE). The CD was produced by Eric Valentine (GOOD CHARLOTTE, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and features additional appearances by ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea and former NIRVANA drummer and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.
Slash left GUNS N' ROSES in the mid-'90s, forming SLASH'S SNAKEPIT before later assembling VELVET REVOLVER with several other ex-members of GUNS N' ROSES and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland (who was dismissed in April 2008).