The song "Watch This" from legendary guitarist Slash's (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) first true solo album, simply entitled "Slash", is available for free download using the widget below. The track features guest appearances by Dave Grohl (NIRVANA, FOO FIGHTERS) and Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER).
In a recent interview with MusicRadar.com, Slash stated about the song, "I wrote the basic parts and I had sort of a loose arrangement, but this was definitely the loosest song of the bunch, and having Dave there, who is such a dynamic drummer — I'd never actually worked with him but I'm very familiar with his drumming — and with Duff there too, they're both very creative so I knew we could throw this together.
"I didn't want it to be epic, I wanted it to be three minutes long, and it came together very quickly with a very spontaneous, live kind of vibe. Actually, I tried to get Dave to sing it, but he wouldn't sing it, so I just said fuck it, we'll put guitars on it. He was adamant about not singing, he was like, I just wanna play drums, and he's a fucking phenomenal drummer."
Three other songs from "Slash" — "Ghost", "Crucify The Dead" and "Crucify The Dead" — can be heard using the audio player below. Three other cuts — "Ghost", "Starlight" and "Beautiful Dangerous" — can be heard at Amazon.com
"By The Sword", the first single from "Slash", will be released as a digital single on March 28. The track was co-written by and features a guest appearance by Andrew Stockdale of the Australian retro-rock combo WOLFMOTHER.
"Slash" will be released in North America on April 6 via EMI Label Services and in the U.K. on May 10 through Roadrunner Records. The album features an all-star roster of guest musicians, including Ian Astbury, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmister, Adam Levine of MAROON 5, Duff McKagan, M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Stockdale.
"Slash" was produced by Eric Valentine (QUEENS OF STONE AGE, THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS) and was completed with the rhythm section of bassist Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION) and drummer Josh Freese (NINE INCH NAILS). Slash handled the majority of arranging and songwriting duties and hand-picked each guest artist. The album's guests worked collaboratively with Slash to round out the song.
The track listing is as follows (guest vocalists in parenthesis):
01. Ghost (Ian Astbury, feat. Izzy Stradlin) (3:34)
02. Crucify The Dead (Ozzy Osbourne) (4:04)
03. Beautiful Dangerous (Fergie) (4:35)
04. Promise (Chris Cornell) (4:41)
05. By The Sword (Andrew Stockdale) (4:50)
06. Gotten (Adam Levine) (5:05)
07. Doctor Alibi (Lemmy) (3:07)
08. Watch This (Dave Grohl, Duff McKagan) (3:46)
09. I'll Hold On (Kid Rock) (4:10)
10. Nothing To Say (M. Shadows) (5:27)
11. Starlight (Myles Kennedy) (5:35)
12. Saint Is A Sinner Too (Rocco De Luca) (3:28)
13. We're All Gonna Die (Iggy Pop) (4:30)
14. Baby Can't Drive (Alice Cooper, Nicole Scherzinger)
15. Back From Cali (Myles Kennedy)