Slash is set to release a new live album entitled Made in Stoke 24/7/11, featuring a backing band including Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy, bassist Todd Kerns, and drummer Brent Fitz. Since recruiting the musicians for the tour in support of his 2010 self-titled solo album, Slash has been quite pleased with how well they have all worked together.
"It was one of those moments where from on high you get sort of a blessing and get all the right people without looking for them. It just happened," Slash told Rolling Stone. "From the onset we clicked. We just got better and better over time."
That cohesion is on display on Made In Stoke 24/7/11, a live chronicle of the guitarist's return to Stoke-on-Trent, the town where he was raised until the age of five. Featuring a mix of Guns N' Roses tracks ("Rocket Queen," "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Mr. Brownstone"), Slash's Snakepit tunes and material from Slash, the live album shows the quartet has melded into a real band.
They're already at work on an untitled album due in April of next year. Thus far they've recorded three tracks, with 14 more to come in December and January when Kennedy gets off the road with Alter Bridge. Slash is pumped up about what they've done so far, calling it "fucking rad." "On the last record, creatively it was pretty open-ended. This one is very diverse, but it’s one band," he says. "It’s really cool. It rocks really hard. There are some cool epic songs and a couple of really cool ballads. I hate calling them ballads – more bluesy tunes. It just covers a lot."
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