Slash's third solo album, "World On Fire", can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of USAToday.com). The disc is the second to feature Slash's regular backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and follows up 2012's "Apocalyptic Love". Although the album's title sounds like a political or social statement, Slash told The Pulse Of Radio it wasn't meant that way at first. "There's no social commentary originally about the album title," he said. "It was a song on the record basically about sex. But when I started looking for an album title, something about that title stuck out to me. I think it was because a lot of stuff has been going on — the whole thing with the Malaysian flight, and Israel, and all the stuff going on with Russia at the time. So 'World On Fire' all of a sudden had a much broader connotation."
Slash told Classic Rock magazine that the "World On Fire" album title was in place before the artwork was commissioned. "We decided on 'World On Fire', and that immediately brought chaos to mind," he said. "So I looked at different artists, to see if they had anything already painted that represented what I was thinking. I'd been following Ron [English] on Instagram, and he's always got these great, freaked-out ideas going on, so I called him up."
English previously worked with Slash on a limited-edition skull sculpture, which can be purchased from the artist's web site for $7500.
Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.
"Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun".
The former GUNS N' ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee just wrapped up a summer tour with AEROSMITH and will play three shows in West Hollywood next week before heading out to Europe.
The shows will take place at three legendary Hollywood music venues: the Troubadour on September 23, the Roxy on September 25 and the Whisky on September 26.