GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash spoke to USA Today about reuniting with GUNS singer Axl Rose for the first time in two decades for the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour.
Slash said that it was “nice” to hear from Rose after they hadn’t talked for 19 years following his exit from GUNS N’ ROSES in 1996. “I don’t know if I would have had the wherewithal to call him, just because I’m introverted and it might have been hard for me,” the guitarist said. “Not during that initial phone call, but after that, it was really good to be able to get rid of some of the negative baggage that we’d been carrying around for a long time. It’d been 20 years of not talking and letting this bad blood continue to be perpetuated by the media. It turned into something way bigger than what was really going on, so it was good to get past that.”
Asked if he regrets waiting so long to make amends, Slash said: “Things happen as they happen. I make it a point of not having any regrets.”
Earlier this year, Slash said that the first time he and Axl spoke was by phone in 2015, followed by an in-person meeting. He revealed: “It was very cathartic to physically talk. ‘Cause there’s a bond that you have that’s never [broken]. And then what happens is the bond makes the negative side of it that much worse, because you’re forced out of it.”
Slash also touched upon the issues that kept him and Rose apart for nearly two decades, saying: “I won’t get into all the personal stuff, but even over that period of time, there was a lot of bad feelings from the breakup all throughout that 20 years, whatever it was. But there’s also a part of you that’s like in a marriage, where you love somebody… so there’s always that feeling, but then there’s all this negative stuff.”
Slash added that it was “very surreal” to see Axl onstage with him again, saying: “It was completely uniquely its own new thing. Same guys, same songs, but a whole different experience.”
Axl, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan are the only original GUNS members in the current lineup, with guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler not part of the tour. Nevertheless, the trek has been wildly successful, reportedly grossing nearly $500 million since its launch more than two years ago.
Slash will hit the road with GUNS N’ ROSES in November for what may be the last leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour. He is currently touring with his solo band, SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, to promote the September 21 release of their new album, “Living The Dream”.
On November 16, fans can celebrate the recorded legacy of musical icon and singer/songwriter Chris Cornell with the 17-track self-titled album, “Chris Cornell”, and a 64-track limited-edition deluxe box set. The first release since his passing in 2017, the album will be made available by Cornell‘s wife, Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Chris Cornell estate through UMe.
“Chris Cornell” commemorates his life and legacy not only as a singer, but as a poet and one of the most prolific writers and greatest voices of the modern rock era. Vicky worked extensively with Chris‘s bandmates and friends to compile a collection of material from the late artist’s expansive career, showcasing his contribution to music history with selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands — SOUNDGARDEN, TEMPLE OF THE DOG and AUDIOSLAVE — as well as songs from his solo career. She turned to producer Brendan O’Brien, who was a trusted partner to Cornell over the years, and Jeff Ament, who created the packaging for “Chris Cornell”.
The first previously unreleased track, “When Bad Does Good”, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. The track was a favorite of his and it wasn’t until friend Josh Brolin reminded Vicky of the unreleased song that she decided to share it with his fans. The song is also accompanied by a lyric video, which can be viewed below.
“Since Chris‘s sudden passing, I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world,” says Vicky. “I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him — the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist. His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.”
The breadth of all 17 selections on “Chris Cornell” display the full span of his artistic achievements, from the full-on kick of SOUNDGARDEN‘s seminal “Black Hole Sun” to the mournful yearning of TEMPLE OF THE DOG‘s “Hunger Strike” to the sensitive depth of AUDIOSLAVE‘s “Like A Stone” to his spot-on solo theme to the 2006 James Bond film “Casino Royale”, “You Know My Name”. This collection also contains a pair of previously unreleased recordings: a touching cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” that was cut live at SiriusXM, and “When Bad Does Good”.
The November 16 release will also include a limited-edition 4CD deluxe box set of the same name, consisting of 64 tracks (11 of them previously unreleased).
“Chris Cornell” comes housed in a jewel case with a limited-edition custom die-cut slipcase that showcases Seattle with tree-line graphics on the front and other various cities he lived in throughout his life on the back, a 32-page booklet with many unreleased photos, and liner notes from bandmates and colleagues Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, Mike McCready and Brendan O’Brien. The 180g 2LP edition comes in a gatefold jacket with similar limited-edition slipcase graphics, a 12-page booklet, and the aforementioned liner notes, while the 4CD limited-edition box boasts a further expanded 54-page booklet.
Additionally, a limited-edition super deluxe 4CD, 1DVD, and 180-gram 7LP box set is set for release on November 16. The super deluxe edition holds 88 tracks — 64 songs plus 24 videos, with 13 entries (11 audio + 2 video) previously unreleased overall. Also included in the super deluxe box are a 66-page hardcover photo book wrapped in linen with a red foil signature cover, three artist lithos, three photochromatic lithos inspired by Cornell‘s lyrical fascination about the sun (images are brought to life by holding under direct sunlight), a turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, and a 36×48-inch wall poster.
The box set’s ten unreleased live performances include Cornell‘s duet with Yusuf/Cat Stevens on “Wild World” and another duet with his daughter Toni Cornell on Bob Marley‘s indelible classic “Redemption Song”. TEMPLE OF THE DOG‘s 25th-anniversary reunion/first-ever-official tour in 2016 is highlighted with hometown performances of “Reach Down” and the Andy Wood/MOTHER LOVE BONE favorite “Stargazer”, Chris‘s personal arrangement of “One” featuring the lyrics to METALLICA‘s song set to the music of U2‘s song of same name, and a first ever album release of AUDIOSLAVE‘s 2005 ground-breaking performance on Cuban soil of “Show Me How To Live”. Also in 2016, one of Chris‘s personal career-topping moments was performing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London where he covered THE BEATLES‘ “A Day In The Life”. Three additional live selections from Sweden in 2006 include “Wide Awake”, “All Night Thing” and LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Thank You” are from the very first show ever where Chris performed by himself with an acoustic guitar in front of an audience which became the creative spark for his future, highly successful “Songbook” tours. Two unreleased music videos spotlight a solo acoustic performance of “Scream” and the newly edited SOUNDGARDEN video “Live To Rise”, showcasing the band only without “The Avengers” movie footage included.
DISTURBED‘s new song “A Reason To Fight” can be streamed below. It is the second single from the band’s new album, “Evolution”, which will be released on October 19.
Like 2015’s “Immortalized”, DISTURBED‘s new album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.
In a recent interview with the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio station, DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan was asked what fans can expect to hear on “Evolution”. He responded: “You won’t know what to expect from us, ’cause we’ve taken so many turns on this album. [The first single] ‘Are You Ready’, that is probably the closest and the truest to DISTURBED that a majority of the fans know. Musically, it’s something that I wrote back in 2004, so it’s from that early-day era. I had the idea there — we just never finished it ’cause we had other material that was more complete back then. So I always just kind of put it in the vault; it was on the backburner. And this time around, as we were bringing up new ideas, I kind of just looked back at the archives of a few things that I never got around to finishing, and I just brought it back into the mix. David [Draiman, vocals] gravitated towards it right away and just said, ‘Oh, dude, this is awesome. I’ve got something great for this.’ And he started just kind of scatting a melody on top of it. And after it was coming together, I reminded him. I go, ‘Do you realize it’s something I kind of wrote in 2004?’ I’m glad we were able to finally finish it now, 14 years later. But it’s still very relevant and it still has that old DISTURBED sound with some of the old electronic element to it. But the rest of the material, as the fans see, we’ve taken a lot of big turns on this — a lot of directions in here that’s gonna turn some heads.”
“Immortalized” ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. It featured the band’s massive hit cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “The Sound Of Silence“.
DISTURBED will play a special intimate show at the 1,000-capacity Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on October 10, presented by SiriusXM.
The group has only one other show on its schedule so far for the rest of 2018, at the Austin City Limits music festival on October 13 in Austin, Texas.