BY BILLY SUTER
SLASH, the Grammy-winning American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer who has amassed album sales of more than 100 million copies, is releasing his fourth album in September.
The musician, formerly with Guns N’ Roses, and who topped the US chart with his eponymous debut solo album which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy, is releasing Living the Dream on September 21. It will be released on Slash’s own label, Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.
The collection, containing the newly released single Mind Your Manners and the earlier single Driving Rain, also features Slash’s band, The Conspirators, with lead vocalist Myles Kennedy.
The band, which has been touring worldwide with Slash for more than four years, features Brent Fitz on drums, Todd Kerns on bass and vocals, and Frank Sidoris on rhythm guitar.
This lineup of talent released Apocalyptic Love in 2012, an album that debuted ay No 4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, as the top rock album. That album spawned Slash’s first No 1 rock radio solo hits, You’re a Lie and Standing in the Sun.
Slash released Nothing Left To Fear in 2013, marking the first motion picture soundtrack he co-produced from SLASHfiction, his film/TV production company specialising in the horror genre. He is currently working on a new film project.
Slash and his band released their second album, World On Fire, to worldwide acclaim, garnering Slash some of the best critical acclaim of his career.
In 2016, Guns N’ Roses reunited and Slash joined Axl Rose and Duff McKagan for the ongoing Not In This Lifetime Tour which Billboard now ranks as the fourth-highest-grossing tour of all time.
Slash describes his new single, Mind Your Manners: “I wrote this song on the spot to help the band get up and running once we got back in the studio this past January.
“It’s just a go-for-it type of song. Pretty straightforward rock and fun to play.”
Myles Kennedy adds: “Mind Your Manners was something I didn’t hear until the guys had started jamming together. It’s a cool, up-tempo sort of thing and I knew immediately it would have its own place on this record.
“Lyrically, it’s about how, when things are going well, there always tends to be someone who tries to rain on your parade and knock you down. You have to keep people like that in check and not let them get to you.”
The 12-song Living the Dream album is Slash’s fourth solo collection, and third with Slash and his band mates.