When former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash set out to make his self-titled first "proper" solo album -- after two previous releases with Slash's Snakepit -- the first call he made was to Ozzy Osbourne to collaborate on what became the song "Crucify the Dead."
"I'd written a piece of music for a (film) score I was working on," recalls Slash, 45 (real name Saul Hudson), who also worked with Kid Rock, the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Maroon5's Adam Levine, Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and others on "Slash."
"I owned the rights to the music and I thought, 'This would make a great song,' and it just sounded like Ozzy to me. So he was the first person out of all the guys on the record I called because I knew him so well."
The two recorded "Crucify the Devil" at Osbourne's home studio, an experience Slash says ranks as one of the highlights of his career.
"It was really surreal to sit there next to him while he's working on a song for me," says the British-born, Los Angeles-raised Slash, who's currently working on a new album for his other band, Velvet Revolver, while not on tour. "I'm hearing this voice that I've been listening to since I was, like, 13 in this very personal atmosphere. It was very trippy, one of those pinch myself moments."
Slash opens for Ozzy Osbourne at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $29.50-$75. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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