The first photo of Slash's new touring band — featuring the VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist alongside vocalist Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE), bassist Todd Kerns (SIN CITY SINNERS, STATIC IN STEREO, AGE OF ELECTIC), rhythm guitarist Bobby Schneck (WEEZER, GREEN DAY) and drummer Brent Fitz (ALICE COOPER, VINCE NEIL) — can be viewed below.
Slash told The Pulse of Radio that he's really pleased to have Kennedy singing on the tour. "He was one of these sort of youngish rock singers that I wasn't real familiar with, who is probably one of the best, you know, young new rock 'n' roll singers around," he said. "There's actually two songs on the record that he did, and he can basically perform any other songs on the record, plus he knows how to do all the GUNS N' ROSES stuff. So it's worked out nicely."
In other news, Slash has been added to this year's installment of the Hellfest festival, set to take place June 18-20, 2010 in Clisson, France.
Commented the Hellfest organizers: "Many of you (like us, to be honest!) thought that the bill was definitely closed and that there wouldn't be any more additions, but what could we do? Could we refuse to see such a legend on the festival's stage? We decided to give you this little gift which will, for sure, satisfy all the fans of hard rock."
Slash's solo album is due out on April 6. To kick off the release, Slash will be the featured performer at Revolver Golden Gods Awards, with several of his album collaborators making special guest appearances. Slash will also make a series of late-night performances with talk show hosts Jay Leno, George Lopez and Craig Ferguson.
Slash TV dates to watch (check local listings):
* Tuesday, April 6 - "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC)
* Thursday, April 8 - "Lopez Tonight" with George Lopez (TBS)
* Thursday, April 8 - Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony from Hollywood (airs May 22 on VH1)
* Friday, April 8 - "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (CBS)
The first single from the set, called "By The Sword", features vocals from WOLFMOTHER frontman Andrew Stockdale.
The guitarist uses a different guest vocalist on each track, including Fergie, M. Shadows, Kid Rock, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Lemmy Kilmister, Iggy Pop and others.