A special interview with Slash was made available in the June 3 edition of "Daily Noise", brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com. The GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER guitarist talks about working with 19 lead singers on his new solo album, including Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne and Myles Kennedy. He explains his process for writing the songs and choosing the vocalists, and the differences between a band and solo project.
Watch the chat below.
Even though he's busy with his solo album, Slash says that VELVET REVOLVER isn't dead, and in fact has music ready to go that's the heaviest the band has ever done. The guitarist told MTV News, "As soon as we got off the road from the last tour and parted ways with Scott (Weiland, singer),we got together and wrote half a dozen really great, sort of heavy metal pieces of music. It's a lot heavier than what VELVET REVOLVER has put out, so I'm dying to put out the quintessential VELVET REVOLVER record."
VELVET REVOLVER has yet to name a new singer over two years after Weiland returned to STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, but Slash told The Pulse of Radio that the band has never stopped searching for one. "We have been very quietly, under the radar, looking at singers and listening to singers and stuff, and beginning of next year we're gonna get together and sort of see what we have," he said. "But I don't think anybody's really over-the-top excited about any one particular guy, so we're gonna sort of probably lock in in earnest and start looking at more people and try and get this record done at some point [as soon as possible]."
While Slash has been working on his solo record, which came out in April, VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan recorded with his side band LOADED and recently began working with JANE'S ADDICTION.
Drummer Matt Sorum, Slash and McKagan's bandmate in both GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER, launched a clothing store.
Slash also told MTV that the heavier material in store for the band's third album is closer to what they originally had in mind for VELVET REVOLVER. "It's definitely our natural way of doing things," he said. "But when we started working with Scott, we started to lighten things up a lot, and we progressively got lighter. As much as I love the two records we did do, one of the things that was progressively more and more frustrating was the direction the band took."
Slash's solo album features guest vocals from Kid Rock, Chris Cornell, Iggy Pop, Fergie, ALTER BRIDGE's Myles Kennedy and others. Kennedy is also currently singing in Slash's touring band.