Slash Apocalyptic Love Roadrunner Records 22 May 2012
by David Keevil
Slash carries a name, and an image, that has become synonymous with rock music; from the iconic opening blast of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, through to his bolshy groove-ridden tenure for Velvet Revolver, this is a man who’s been an ambassador for hard rock ever since the late-80s heyday of Guns N’ Roses. It’s down to being such an enduring masthead of rock music – even if his cultural zenith peaked twenty years ago – that every new Slash record must drag the weight of his much more prosperous days behind him.
You’ve read the title? Right. That’s the gist of the story. Black Sabbath will no longer be performing any of their previously announced European tour dates, with the exception of Download Festival 2012. In place of the majority of the cancelled shows, an ‘Ozzy & Friends’ gathering (including Geezer Butler, Zakk Wylde, Slash, and other, as-yet-unnanounced special guests) will fill in Black Sabbath’s place. Click after the jump to read Black Sabbath’s statement on this situation in full.
It can’t have been easy for Alter Bridge when Myles Kennedy hooked up with Slash for a world tour, especially with the threat of Velvet Revolver still looking for a singer. But Myles stayed true to his main band who are now playing much bigger venues that VR ever did. We thought we’d head down to Wembley Arena and see if Alter Bridge could pull it off.
Six things we found out when we saw Alter Bridge play in London:
Alter Bridge III Roadrunner Records 11 October 2010
by Danny Montana
How much less fashionable can a band be? It doesn’t matter that you kicked the idiot out, changed the name and brought in a singer who sang Guns N’ Roses songs this summer about 100 times better than Axl Rose did. Six years later, the stigma remains. Despite having two solid albums under their belts, Alter Bridge are still referred to as, “Oh, is that Creed?” Releasing one of the best guitar rock albums of the year would be a good way to change that forever, wouldn’t it. Here is III.
Guns N’ Roses
24 November 2008
by Raziq Rauf
How much idle conjecture has there been over Chinese Democracy? Axl Rose has had 17 years to turn this vanity project into absolute gold. It has to be a masterpiece. It has to be the best album of the 21st century.
I say “vanity project” because Rose is the only founding member remaining in Guns N’ Roses. I say “vanity project” because he has taken 17 bloody years to write one album!
Along Came A Spider
05 August 2008
by Liz Dodd
Nothing says hazy summer afternoon like a born-again Christian pro-golfer’s take on the exploits of a wannabe anti-Spiderman serial killer. Yes, Alice Cooper has released album 6,666 (probably), Along Came a Spider.
Sebastian Bach is never knowingly understated. Sian Wynne talks to the former Skid Row frontman about forming a super-supergroup with Slash and the joys of chicks whipping their tits out whilst on tour.
There aren’t many musicians with the wherewithal to open an interview with a screamed “YEAH!”, but Thrash Hits .com was not surprised to discover that Sebastian Bach is one of them. And we like to think he had his fist in the air when he said it.
Down a crackly hotel phone line two weeks into a US tour with Poison, the former Skid Row frontman could not sound more enthusiastic.
“I’m having the time of my life. It’s 2008, I have a new CD, I’m selling out arenas and it’s fun,” he laughs. “I’m having a great time!”
The silky-haired Axl Rose sympathiser and serial reality TV star has finally got it together for a UK release of his latest solo effort Angel Down this week. It’s no middle-aged ballad fest. At times more Judas Priest than Skid Row, it was bashed out in a measly two weeks in the studio between legs supporting Guns N’ Roses.
Watch the video to ’18 And Life’ by Skid Row
“The first Skid Row album we recorded at the Playboy resort in Wisconsin,” he tells. “We went jet skiing by day and recorded by night, and played a hell of a lot of tennis.”
“But for this album it was a pressurised situation, we had to get it done. There was no messing around. And it has that feel of a live band kickin’ ass. Not playing tennis…”
With Rose on board for three memorable duets – a cover of Aerosmith‘s ‘Back in the Saddle’ included – it would appear the high profile friendship is still on track.
“I read so much misinformation about Axl,” he says. “It makes me angry because I know the dude and what he is really like. He’s not motivated by money or fame – he’s got more than enough of both.”
Having unsuccessfully auditioned for Velvet Revolver (“But I’d rather hear Skid Roses than Stone Temple Roses”), rumours continue to circulate that another Slash/Bach project is on the cards.
“Here’s the deal: I was contacted by one of the biggest musicians in rock and roll – bigger that Skid Row, bigger that Guns N’ Roses – some other mystery guy,” says Bach. “He was putting together a supergroup with Slash on guitar and he wanted me to sing.”
Watch the video to ‘Monkey Business’ by Skid Row
“It looked like it was going to happen, but it is not happening now. It may happen in the future, but it is not happening now. I want to make that clear.”
So let’s not rule it out all together.
He may have a guest role in The Gilmore Girls but it’s not all comfy armchairs and lemonade for Bach just yet.
“Last night we sold out an arena in Pikeville, Kentucky – 12,000 people,” he says. “And I’ve never heard of Pikeville, Kentucky. I didn’t know there was a Pikeville in Kentucky.”
“It’s just fucking hilarious. It’s like every chick feels compelled to whip her tits out. What a great life this is,” he laughs. “We are talking the finest women in the world. Someone actually said this to me once – Poison and Sebastian Bach on the same bill? Even chicks are getting hard-ons. Wow. For the first time in history. That’s a pretty cool thing.”
Yes, it’s finally happened. The mighty Lemmy Kilmister of rock ‘n’ roll overlords Motörhead is being further immortalised with his very own rockumentary.
Simply, it’s called Lemmy: The Movie and is due for release at some point in 2009. It features interviews with friends, peers and fans such as Dave Grohl, Slash and Alice Cooper talking about the man with the handlebar ‘tache rumoured to have bedded over 2,000 women. Rumours such as that are said to be confirmed or denied in this film. Watch the trailer.
Check out the official website for a little bit more information and check back on Thrash Hits .com for an interview with the makers of Lemmy: The Movie in the near future.