Slash is back at work on his second solo album after a summer spent on the road and, most importantly to your kids, an animated jam with Phineas and Ferb on the song ‘Kick It Up A Notch.’

The guitar hero started initial pre-production on the album in June with members of his touring band, laying down what he called a “really productive week of working on new songs.”

Now he’s back working with bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and vocalist Myles Kennedy on a second round of pre-production for the new record.

There’s no word on special guests yet, but Slash did Tweet about a studio visit from Mike Inez of Alice in Chains and called his most recent session “epic,” saying that he got a “major amount “of work done in just two days

He also brought Kennedy over to the “dark side,” taking advantage of the absence of Kennedy’s preferred Paul Reed Smith guitars to “force” Myles to use one of the Slash-approved Les Paul guitars. Oh, the hardships of being a professional musician!

Slash says that the band has assembled some “killer material” for the new album, which is expected to be released sometime in 2012.

To tide fans over, he’ll release a live DVD this fall, taped in his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent, England. The DVD performance covers his career from past to present, featuring tracks from Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit and of course, Guns N’ Roses.