According to SundayMercury.net, Slash's (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) next solo album will feature ALTER BRIDGE frontman Myles Kennedy handling all the vocals.
Kennedy has served as Slash's touring vocalist for the past several months, leading to speculation that the guitarist may try to recruit Kennedy to front VELVET REVOLVER — which is something that Slash has denied. "[Myles] is still committed to ALTER BRIDGE," Slash told BostonHerald.com. "I don't want to be the guy responsible for breaking up a band. But we'll find someone. Maybe not somebody known, but some kind of local hero."
Kennedy had actually been approached to sing for VELVET REVOLVER back in the early days of the group, and again after they parted ways with Scott Weiland, but turned down the offer both times.
Slash told The Pulse of Radio that Kennedy will still tour with the guitarist next year, even though ALTER BRIDGE's new album has just been released. "We have it set up so that he does ALTER BRIDGE 'til January," he said. "And then we start up January through May or April. And then he does ALTER BRIDGE from May through — into July, and then we do July through August, September. And so we're just juggling. And then during those periods that we're off, I'm doing VELVET REVOLVER and hopefully we'll find a singer and get that together."
When asked about his collaboration with BLACK EYED PEAS singer Fergie (a.k.a. Stacy Ann Ferguson) on his recently released first true solo album, simply entitled "Slash", Slash told SundayMercury.net, "To many people, Fergie wasn't an obvious choice for me to work with. But, you see, I just knew she had a dynamite rock and roll voice. I'd heard her doing a rock medley at a BLACK EYED PEAS gig, and she was belting out the lyrics. I thought: Hell, yeah! After that I did a bunch of gigs with BLACK EYED PEAS. They were including [GUNS N' ROSES'] 'Sweet Child O' Mine' in the set, and you should have heard her sing that. I think she's the best woman rock and roll singer I've heard in the last 20 years."
Professionally filmed video footage of Slash's (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) performance at this year's Summer Sonic festival — which was held August 7-8, 2010 in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan — can be viewed below.