Slash’s Apocalyptic Love Debuts at #4 on Billboard Top 200
Slash is back. The new record from Slash, Apocalyptic Love, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 yesterday. The album’s first single, “You’re A Lie,” has been holding steady at #4 on Active Rock Radio. The album is also currently at #1 on U.S Hard Rock and Independent charts. Around the world, Apocalyptic Love has cracked the Top 5 in 7 countries – New Zealand (#1), Canada (#2), Australia (#2), Japan (#2), Switzerland (#3), Sweden (#4), and Germany (#5).
This outing is the follow-up to 2010’s star-studded self-titled, Slash. Every track featured a different special guest vocalist, including Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Ian Astbury (The Cult), Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), and many more. Instrumentally, Slash was accompanied by fellow former members of the classic Guns N’ Roses line-up – Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagen, and Steven Adler – on several tracks. After his guest appearance on the album, Slash tapped Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy for the tour. Today, Kennedy has become the permanent vocalist for Slash’s solo efforts, officially named Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. The Conspirators are Brent Fitz (Union, Alice Cooper, more) on drums and Todd Kerns on bass.
Post-Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s first solo stint came under the moniker Slash’s Snakepit, which produced two albums in fives years, and a U.S. tour supporting AC/DC in 2001. In 2004, he co-founded Velvet Revolver with Duff McKagen, Matt Sorum (The Cult, Guns N’ Roses). Along with rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner, the band handed the vocal duties to Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots).
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have been touring the U.S hard throughout the spring, with festival stops at Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, and more. In addition to the Apocalyptic Love World Tour, Slash is making a 10-day special guest appearance on Ozzy & Friends Tour in Europe. The tour was originally set as Black Sabbath reunion shows, but the bill was changed to Ozzy & Friends in the wake of Tony Iommi’s on-going battle with cancer. After this short run, Slash will rejoin Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators for European dates, including festival stops at Download and more. Slash and the gang will be on tour well into the summer, and Apocalyptic Love is available now. Get your tickets, get your copy, and get ready to CRANK IT UP! – by Matt Bishop