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Slash gets serious about going solo

of the Oakland Press

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As a member of two multi-platinum rock bands — Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver — Slash never thought of himself as a solo artist. Even Slash’s Snakepit was “more of a band thing” during the ’90s.

But with this year’s “Slash,” on which the guitarist is joined by an all-star group of singers that includes Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osburne, the Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie and others, the top-hatted rocker feels more in charge of his own destiny than ever before.

“It was very refreshing,” says Slash, 44 (real name Saul Hudson), who’s also played sessions for Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Daughtry, Alice Cooper and many others. “There was not what you call stress. Even the aspects of (the album) that might’ve been difficult were all sort of easy to deal with and low pressure.

“And it was nice, because being in a band, especially a big band that has a lot of stuff on the agenda and a lot of cooks in the kitchen can be really overwhelming sometimes. This was an independent record basically done by myself, and I had a great producer (Eric Valentine) and ... I wish everything could be this easy.”

And although he can’t get all of the vocalists to tour with him, Slash is happy with his current road configuration, which includes Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy, who also appears on the album, stepping into the void.

“Not to sound cliché, but it’s a pretty kick-ass rock band, and more high-energy than most,” says Slash. “We do a bunch of songs off of this (solo) record and we do some Guns N’ Roses material and we do some Velvet Revolver stuff and even some Snakepit stuff in there, so it’s a good mix of everything I’ve been doing over the last however many years.”

Slash performs with Billy Idol at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East. Tickets are $56-83. Call 888-245-5885 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.

Web Site: www.caesarswindsor.com

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