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Slash and company are still on "Fire"

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2015

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It's been two decades since Slash left Guns N' Roses and formed Slash's Snakepit, which begat his current group with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators -- with a stop in the all-star Velvet Revolver in between.

And, he says, "It seems like 20 minutes and a lifetime ago at the same time."

"It's hard to honestly put it into any real perspective, because it's been such a constant, ongoing journey," Slash -- born Saul Hudson in England and raised in Los Angeles, says by phone from Belgium during a recent European tour. "All these changes happen, besides the big, massive ones that everybody knows about. There's so much stuff that happens in-between it just becomes a long journey and you don't put a time clock on it or look at it in terms of years or anything like that.

"I think you just get reminded of how many years have gone by by other people."

At the moment Slash is marking the year that's gone by since the release of "World On Fire," the second album with his current group. He's followed it with a CD and video set, "Live at the Roxy 9.25.14," recorded in Los Angeles during one of four special shows geared around "World On Fire's" release. Recording and filming one of the concerts was a last-minute decision, according to Slash, and even then it was not certain it would be a come out in any form.

Now, he says, the show gives him some welcome perspective on "World On Fire's" material.

"We had a bunch of new songs that we'd never played before," he notes, "so thinking back on it and after playing a lot of those songs every day since then, it's interesting to think how cool those songs must have sounded when we were first getting in the groove in front of an audience," Slash, 50, notes. "That was literally the first time we ever played them, so that's sort of cool.

"And they've changed a lot; they've evolved a lot over the last however many months it's been."

A year into the campaign Slash is starting to focus on what's next. He caused a stir of imminent Guns N' Roses reunion rumors by telling an interviewer this summer that he and frontman Axl Rose has patched up their differences and were friendly again. No more has been said about the matter, however, and Slash won't answer questions on the topic.

Mostly he's eying a return to the studio with Kennedy -- who does double-duty in the band Alter Bridge -- and the Conspirators. "Yeah, we're working on new material for the next record," Slash says. "When this tour's over we'll start going in and doing some pre-production and probably go into the studio some time in mid to late spring and record."

Song ideas have already started popping up, and Slash reports that, "They sound good. They sound very rhythmic, and that's definitely something that, for me personally, I'm going for. We'll see what that turns into. It changes. It sort of evolves; you start out with one idea and that sort of morphs into another idea. At this point it sounds like it's going to be really awesome, so I'm excited about it."

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and The Last Internationale

Sunday, Sept. 27. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $35-$59.50.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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