Leather top hat, curly hair, round mirrored sunglasses, nose ring. Slash is as iconic as it gets, but it's his straight-ahead rock mentality and guitar virtuosity that have made him a household name. Writing some of the most prolific and recognizable riffs with Guns N' Roses in the late '80s and '90s, going on to pen some radio rock megahits with Velvet Revolver in the oughts, all the while writing and recording with Slash's Snakepit before stepping out as a solo artist in 2010, this ruler of the six-string clearly isn't one to rest on his laurels. But what's more is his uncanny ability to pair up with powerhouse vocalists. Previously trading off against Axl Rose and Scott Weiland, Slash's signature tone now has a new frontman in Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy. And if their first tracks together in 2010 was any indication, their brand new album Apocalyptic Love very well could keep you from missing the other guys.
We sat down with the pair in Los Angeles to hear how they managed to cross paths, how they bonded over the blues, wrote the new record solely on analog tape and worked with a few conspirators to get it all done—but not before we asked the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer about his signature sound and how it's all Steven Adler's fault Slash even plays in the first place. Watch the video, take a listen to Slash's best moments over the years and don't miss his high octane lead single "You're a Lie," featuring Myles Kennedy, for free below. – Jen Guyre, Google Play
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