There's an element of old home week for Slash in opening for Aerosmith this summer.
The last time the former Guns N' Roses guitarist toured with the Boston group was in 1988, when Aerosmith was in the early days of sobriety and Slash and company...well, were not. The situation is different on the Let Rock Rule Tour, of course, but Slash says there's a camaraderie that extends back to their initial time together.
"Y'know, there's something there," says Slash (real name Saul Hudson), 49 "I couldn't put my finger on it, but there's definitely a vibe. Working with the same band, I've been friends with those guys ever since then, so when we go out on stage it's different in some ways but then at the same time there's certain similarities that I can't really nail down. But there's a certain feel that is a little reminiscent of back then."
And, he adds, "It's a great tour. It's very, very rock 'n' roll, and there's nothing else really like it out there and the crowds have been great. Aerosmith is kicking ass. It's actually raising our game a little bit, and those guys are in the highest spirits I've seen them in a while. So we're having a blast."
Slash, meanwhile, is preparing to blast off with "World on Fire," his second album with his band the Conspirators and Myles Kennedy, the frontman he shares with Alter Bridge. The set, which follows 2012's "Apocalyptic Love," comes out Sept. 15, with a whopping 17 tracks that Slash says testifies to how prolific the group was this time around.
"that was just the amount of stuff that I thought was pretty good to work on, and we just did it all and had a great time doing it," he explains. "On the last couple of records we did the same thing and I would farm out some of the songs to different territories as B-sides or bonus tracks or whatever.
"I always felt that doing it that way undermined the songs that were bonus tracks, 'cause they just as good as the other songs on the record. So on this one I said, 'Let's just put it all on there.' It's not like there's any throwaway material. There's no filler on there, so the fans will dig it, and if you buy songs off iTunes it doesn't matter how many songs you put out there, y'know?"
Aerosmith and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township
Tickets are $49.50-$149.50 pavilion, $36.50 lawn
Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com
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