VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has commented on his "mentor" appearance next week during "Rock Week" on "American Idol", the annual reality show and singing competition. Slash wrote on his MySpace page, "As you may or may not know, the producers for 'American Idol' have asked me to be the mentor for 'Rock Week' next week. I was reluctant at first, but they offered me the freedom to do it however I wanted. More importantly, there are a few singers this year who are really impressive. It's the first time any 'American Idol' lineup has really caught my attention."
Slash added, "The approach I'm taking is different than usual on the show and I'm going to make this as rock and roll an 'American Idol' as possible. Wish me luck!"
Previous stars who have mentored hopefuls on the show include Mariah Carey and Neil Diamond, while Jon Bon Jovi has mentored "Rock Week."
Slash has also posted a new update on his solo album, which he is in the process of recording with various guest vocalists appearing on different tracks. He wrote, "Things are going great in the studio. We are officially past the halfway point, with some really cool collaborations coming up in the days and weeks ahead."
Ozzy Osbourne and AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows are two of the vocalists confirmed to appear on Slash's record.
The guitarist said there are eight songs still to record, and also posted some working song titles, including "We're All Gonna Die", "These Last Words", "Crucify The Dead" and "Beautiful, Dangerous".
Slash has recruited ex-NINE INCH NAILS drummer Josh Freese and former JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney to play on the record.