On January 12, David "Gus" Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS singer Myles Kennedy. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the current status of SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS:
Myles: "Well, I think at this point, it kind of remains to be seen. With what they [Slash and the rest of GUNS N' ROSES] have happening, and with ALTER BRIDGE, and I'm working on another solo record — I finished a solo record last year, and I'm working on another one — so I guess I'm always just keeping my options open and always just trying to utilize my time on this planet and create as much as I can. So I guess we will see. The door's certainly open, and we'll see how it plays out."
On his upcoming solo album:
Myles: "Well, I think it just depends on the window that's carved out. So the goal is… what it's always been. When I first started the project — the first project — back in 2009 was to have something so I could go out on the road, really just with myself and an acoustic guitar. And what happened with that record was it became a little more produced, and I realized it was gonna be hard to go out and tour it that way. So with the new record I'm working on, I'm still trying to keep it as stripped down as possible, so that… It's not gonna be something where it's gonna require a year or two of my time to promote it; it can be done in a relatively short span of time. So hopefully in the next year or so would be ideal to put something like that out."
Kennedy's first solo album was recorded with Brian Sperber (ALTER BRIDGE) at Ansons Pocket Studio in Yorktown Heights, upstate New York. The CD's release date, title and artwork have yet to be revealed.
In a 2012 interview with Metalshrine, Myles said that his upcoming solo effort would feature guest appearances by "a lot of friends," including Slash, who "was kind enough to offer his guitar prowess on a track which turned out really cool."
Regarding how the musical direction of his first solo album compares to that of ALTER BRIDGE and Slash, Myles said: "People who have heard it say it's closer to my previous band back in the late '90s, THE MAYFIELD FOUR. It kinda has that vibe to it. It's definitely different from both SLASH AND THE CONSPIRATORS and ALTER BRIDGE stuff." He described the CD to Music Radar as "probably a little more singer-songwriter oriented than what people have heard from me before. There's piano on it, and it's a little more intimate sounding."