Slash Announces Los Angeles Club Dates to Promote New ‘World on Fire’ LP
Slash‘s music and L.A.’s Sunset Strip have gone hand in hand since his days in Guns N’ Roses, so it’s only fitting that after he releases his latest solo album, ‘World on Fire,’ on Sept. 16, he’ll celebrate by putting together a series of dates that will take him and his band through some of Hollywood’s most well-known rock clubs.
The fun begins with a Sept. 23 appearance at the Troubadour, followed by a Sept. 25 gig at the Roxy, and concludes Sept. 26 at the Whisky a Go Go. All three dates follow Slash’s summer run with Aerosmith, which concludes Sept. 12 in Nova Scotia. In addition to helping promote ‘World on Fire,’ Slash’s L.A. dates are part of a 50th anniversary celebration for Guitar Center; as he noted in a press release announcing the shows, “We’re excited to unleash ‘World On Fire’ in a big way and be a part of Guitar Center’s 50th celebration. They’ve been really supportive of me since the very beginning on the Sunset Strip.”
Fans who aren’t able to make the shows will get another opportunity to see the band in action on Nov. 9, when DirecTV is scheduled to air footage from the Sept. 25 Roxy date. A 90-minute concert special filmed in 4k and 5.1 surround sound, ‘Live at the Roxy’ also comes with a special Guitar Center-sponsored contest; fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to attend the Roxy show, plus a Les Paul signed by Slash. Visit this link to enter.
Guitar Center’s Hollywood store served as the location for Slash’s recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine, during which he revealed that he’d actually started out intending to play bass. Crediting his former GNR bandmate Steven Adler with giving him the guitar bug, he recalled, “He had an electric guitar when we were about 13 years old and he used to bang on it to Kiss records at full blast. That was very exciting, so I opted to play bass since he was playing guitar.”
All it took was one visit to an instructor, however, to change his mind. “He asked me a few questions to figure out what I wanted to achieve. While he was talking to me, he was playing Eric Clapton’s Cream licks on electric guitar,” continued Slash. “I said, ‘That’s what I want to do,’ because I really didn’t know that much about guitars. So that was it — I switched over to guitar.”
Looking ahead to ‘World on Fire,’ Slash promised more of an overdub-driven sound than fans heard on his last release, 2012’s ‘Apocalyptic Love.’ “My last album … was designed to be live in the studio with no overdubs, no edits, just pure live recording,” he explained. “‘World on Fire’ was also recorded live in the studio but there’s overdubs and harmonies — I just wanted to make a more produced record.”