SLASH – “When I first heard VAN HALEN’s first record, it really F @% ked”

Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will release their new album, 4, on February 11 via Gibson Records, in partnership with BMG.

Slash joins Dave Cobb in the latest episode of Southern Accents Radio on Apple Music Country to discuss his upcoming album. Slash explains how to follow in Van Halen and Led Zeppelin’s footsteps to title the album, record live in the RCA Studio A room, why he loves the late Eddie Van Halen, how Cream’s “Disraeli Guitars” made him want to pick up the guitar, and more. Read some snippets from the chat below …

Slash by naming his next album 4, and following in the footsteps of Van Halen and Led Zeppelin: “

Slash: “Well, I mean in reality it turned out that 2020 has been such a hellish year in every way that I didn’t think any remark, phrase or phrase would really sum up the feeling of it all.” that had happened. this year. And so I didn’t want to try to have some sort of clever joke or anything, because I usually do, but there was just too much of it. So I just said, “Fuck. Let’s just call him 4. That way he’s not trying to say anything. He’s not trying to be anything other than what he is and in. stay here.”

Dave Cobb: Well you won for me because Van Halen had numbers, Led Zeppelin had numbers. I mean, come on, man. It brings back the old style. I love it.

Slash: “Yeah, I wasn’t really following the trend consciously but that’s pretty cool. I think it’s cool that only people are forced to know that we have three more records.”

Loving the late Eddie Van Halen, Slash reveals, “Overall, I really don’t come from that kind of jagged 80s guitar school at all. But when I first heard it, with everything the world, in 1978 and the first one heard Van Halen’s debut album, it really fucked me up. It was a fucking heavy record. I mean, that was when the ’70s changed, this record in particular. And as a guitarist, I was just a kid, I was I hadn’t even started then. I started like the next year, but when I started playing guitar, everyone was trying to emulate Eddie and they were all focusing on the obvious techniques and the fucking tapping and harmonics and stuff. tremolo and all those fucking awesome techniques that Eddie had. But the way he did it was so much a part of his personality and his melodic sensibility. that he really had that kind of musical flui. It’s true that no one after that has ever really managed to play that style of guitar playing and so I always liked Eddie. And between each of his very specific techniques, he also had some great fucking rock and roll lyrics, really cool, blues, fucking rock lyrics. So, yeah, I loved Eddie. “

Listen to the full episode anytime on demand on Apple Music Country, here.

4 is Slash’s fifth solo album and fourth overall with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (Vocals), Brent Fitz (Drums), Todd Kerns (Bass and Vocals) and Frank Sidoris (Guitar and Vocals).

A vibrant rock album fueled by memorable guitar hooks and compelling melodies, big choruses and even bigger riffs; 4 builds on Slash’s legacy with the earlier work of Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. This sensibility is immediately reflected in the opening track and the first single, “The River Is Rising”. The group unleashed “The River Is Rising” on the radio. Watch the official video for “The River Is Rising”, shot in downtown Los Angeles with Gibson TV director Todd Harapiak, below.

Slash describes the creation of the song “The River Is Rising”: “There are a couple of songs on the record that were written during the pandemic; everything else was written before. ‘The River Is Rising’ was the song. one of the last songs I wrote before I started pre-production, and because it was so fresh and had a certain groove and a certain energy, that was the first thing we really attacked. was something I suggested and tagged on the end of the arrangement. Then when we were at RCA Dave Cobb suggested we do it right after the blackout. So we went straight into the fast part, and I just started doing the guitar solo on it. It was one of those things where we were scrambling, trying to dig out the arrangement, and it just happened. ” Myles Kennedy adds, “The lyrics ultimately explore how humans can be brainwashed or brainwashed. ndoctrinated by some kind of dangerous idea. Once we shot the demo a few times, I felt personally confident that we had the album opener. For me, this is an important lead.

For 4, Slash and the band traveled across the country together to Nashville, TN, and recorded the new album at historic RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile), revealing amazing new sound and style captured live in the studio. Cobb shared the band’s desire to create the tracks live, in the studio, including guitar solos and vocals – a first for the band. The group’s previous albums over the past decade Apocalyptic Love, World on Fire, and Living The Dream continued on an upward trajectory, all reaching the Top 5 on the Billboard charts in the United States and reaching the Top 10 of 12 major charts at worldwide. To date, all three of SMKC’s albums have garnered 10 consecutive Top 5 Radio singles, sold-out worldwide tours and earned Slash and the band the best critical accolades of their careers.

The group released a DSP and physical pre-order in the following formats for 4, including a luxury vinyl box set featuring a gatefold vinyl jacket in four colors (black, red, blue and purple), distributed randomly in a O-mirror. menu. Each vinyl is 140g black vinyl and comes with a pick, Ax Heaven Custom Limited Edition 4 Slash Les Paul mini guitar, CD softpack in one of the four colors above (also random), card O and a pick, a cassette containing an exclusive live rehearsal of 4 songs titled “Live Rehearsal Tape 5/28/21”, a 36 page photo book including an SMKC interview and handwritten lyrics, an embroidered badge, a signed lithograph (limited to the first 500 copies) and a pick box with 4 custom Slash picks. A deluxe CD box, full album cassette, and standard vinyl and CD packages are also available. To see the full lineup of the 4 album packages available, head over to

List of tracks:

“The river rises”
“Everything that happens to you”
“That’s life”
“The path less followed”
“Actions speak louder than words”
“Spirit of love”
“Fill my world”
“April Fool”
“Call back the dogs”
“Fall back to Earth”

Video “The river rises”:

Video of the lyrics of “The River Is Rising”:

The new Album 4 has the distinction of being the first album to be released on the new Gibson Records label, headquartered in the hometown of iconic American instrument brand Gibson, Music City, Nashville, TN. In light of Gibson’s 30-year partnership with Grammy Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Slash, it makes sense that Slash’s new album 4 with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will be released via Gibson. Records – in partnership with BMG.

In another groundbreaking move, Gibson will commemorate Slash’s debut studio album with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators with Gibson Records, with a first-ever Slash Les Paul Standard 4 Album Edition limited-edition guitar package to be released on February 11, the same day. like the release of the album. Only 250 Slash Les Paul Standard 4 Album Edition guitars will be available for worldwide release at and select authorized Gibson dealers, and the Single Guitar Pack also includes the new SMKC 4 album on vinyl with a case exclusive to the interior. houses the vinyl, a 4 album guitar pick box containing a variety of pick colors (8 points), a signed SMKC band portrait and a 4 album decal sticker.

Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators to Kick Off Headlining North American Tour Feb. 8 in Portland, OR, and 28 major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Dallas , Austin, Houston and more, before concluding on March 26 in Orlando, Florida.

Tickets on sale at

(Photo – Austin Nelson)

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