Guitar Center and DirecTV announced a two-part documentary and live concert event examining the life and music of Grammy Award-winning guitarist Slash. With a world tour on the horizon and his new album, "World On Fire", debuting in the Top 10 and garnering worldwide critical acclaim, the iconic guitarist remains one of the leading influences in music.
In a 90-minute live concert event set to air on November 7 at 9 p.m. on DirecTV's Audience (channel 239) — "Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Live From The Sunset Strip" — viewers get a front row seat to Slash's recent show at one of Hollywood's most iconic venues, The Roxy, as part of Guitar Center's 50th-anniversary celebration. Filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound, the special features songs from "World On Fire" as well as classic GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER hits. The concert brings a rock legend back to the stages where his career began: The Sunset Strip.
Watch full performances of the songs "Nighttrain" and "Bent To Fly" from "Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Live From The Sunset Strip" below.
The concert special leads into a 90-minute documentary directed by Martyn Atkins that takes viewers into the studio with the rock legend, combining new and archival footage with interviews from the artists and colleagues that influenced his incredible career. Tracing the rock icon's incredible journey, "Slash Raised On The Sunset Strip" covers his childhood in both England and California's Laurel Canyon, his discovery of the guitar and arrival on the Sunset Strip, his meteoric rise with GUNS N' ROSES, the evolution of VELVET REVOLVER, Slash's solo career and his current band featuring Myles Kennedy and THE CONSPIRATORS.
Slash speaks in intricate detail about his drive and approach to the craft, successes, challenges, influences and collaborations with multiple artists. Interviews with rock legends, including Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Nikki Sixx, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, Jerry Cantrell, Lemmy, Dave Mustaine, Marc Canter, Alan Niven, as well as Slash's wife Perla Hudson and more reveal the stories of how it all came to be and, more importantly, where he's heading.
"Our incredible partnership with DirecTV has allowed us to produce nearly 100 episodes of award-winning television, present cinematic musical experiences and now, venture into documentary filmmaking," said Dustin Hinz, vice president of brand experience and entertainment marketing, Guitar Center. "We are honored to feature Slash, an artist of such incredible character and talent and someone with whom we share a 30-year relationship. This project not only celebrates the songs of one of rock's most iconic figures, but the story behind the man that made them a reality and is another step in the evolution of our mission to develop engaging, inspirational story driven films and broadcast content. We plan on continuing this foray into documentary production by telling the stories of other influential and iconic musicians in order to inspire our viewers and perpetuate a culture that celebrates musicians."
"DirecTV is thrilled to present a film that captures the history of an extraordinary music icon," said Bart Peters, vice president of production and development, DirecTV. "Slash embodies not just prolific talent, but, more so, the spirit of rock and roll. This film allows fans to hear his compelling story in his own words and through his iconic music. Slash's distinctive sound has made him an international superstar, and we're proud to take this ride with him back to the Sunset Strip."