VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has issued the following update:
"It has been a pretty productive summer so far. My [solo] record should be done next month and the recording has gone smoothly and sounds fucking great.
"Steven Adler [ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer] played on the first of the last three tracks yesterday, along with Flea [RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS] on bass. The song kicks ass and the drums and bass sound so recognizable and sound so fucking good.
"Steven is staying clean, which is great; Flea is just amazing, period.
"Steven, Flea and I all lived and met in the same neighborhood in West Hollywood back in the day. Yesterday we had a great time reminiscing about when we all first started playing rock and roll and how school didn't fit into the plan. We were like 15. Flea was the first one to join an 'established' band called ANTHEM. I remember being envious. I had a band called TIDUS SLOAN but we didn't have a singer. Sound familiar? Steven and I didn't really have a band together until a few years later when we joined Nikki Sixx's old band LONDON after Izzy [Stradlin, ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist] left. Which, incidentally, was very short-lived.
"Izzy came down and played on a track a couple weeks ago, that sounds great too. It was good to see him; it's been awhile. Our guitars together really do have a sound all their own.
"Besides having some friends of Eric Valentine's [producer] come down from Northern California and play cello and violin on a track, I haven't had any other guest musicians so far. Having Flea, Steven and Izzy play has been a real gas. There might be a couple more surprise musicians on this record I think.
"The movie I scored while I was writing songs for my record last summer, 'This Is Not A Movie', is in its final production stage and being shopped for distribution. I went to a closed screening of it at Warner Bros. a couple weeks ago. It's a really dark but funny movie; very indie and very raw. It really surprised me to hear/see it all put together. The score is awesome and almost entirely comprised of electric guitar. It gives the picture a distinct musical personality, which has many moods. Edward Furlong and Peter Coyote star in it, by the way, and are phenomenal. It's funny; Edward Furlong was teenage delinquent 'John Conner' being chased by the Terminator in 'Terminator 2'. His key scene was when he was escaping on his motorcycle to the tune of GN'R's 'You Could Be Mine'. Now he is staring in a movie that I did all the music for 18 years later.
"The Norway gig [at the Quart festival] happened and was a fucking blast. The band (Jason Bonham, John 5, Ted Andreadis and Franky Perez) was amazing and Ozzy, Fergie and Ronnie Wood were stellar, to say the least. But what really made the gig great was the crowd; they were pretty fucking fantastic. There is some talk of doing some more shows like that in the not-too-distant future; it's too good of a time.
"There's a lot of stuff coming up actually, all good. As it happens I will keep you up to date in as timely a fashion as I am capable."
Slash has been recording his solo CD with former NINE INCH NAILS drummer Josh Freese and ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney. Confirmed guest singers so far include Ozzy Osbourne and AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows. Freese told MusicRadar.com that Iggy Pop, Fergie (a.k.a. Stacy Ann Ferguson) of the BLACK EYED PEAS and Chris Cornell (SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE) will also appear on the LP. Working songtitles include "We're All Gonna Die", "These Last Words", "Crucify The Dead" and "Beautiful, Dangerous".
In other news, Slash has revealed via Twitter that he "plays guitar on the theme song for [the new movie] 'Bruno'." He added that "there's a cameo of me, Snoop Dog, Sting, Chris Martin and Bono at the end" of the film.
Slash left GUNS N' ROSES in the mid-'90s, forming SLASH'S SNAKEPIT before later assembling VELVET REVOLVER with several other ex-members of GUNS N' ROSES and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland.
VELVET REVOLVER is currently searching for a replacement for Weiland, who was dismissed in April 2008.