Top 10 Post-Guns N’ Roses Slash Songs
For a musician who used to live life on the edge of self-destruction, guitarist Slash has been quite the workaholic. Heck, even before he severed ties with Guns N’ Roses, the man born Saul Hudson could rarely refuse whoever requested his services (from Michael Jackson to Lenny Kravitz). But it’s been through his varied exploits spread over the past two decades that Slash confirmed his legend and legacy beyond the incredible heights achieved in his former band. That’s why we now bring you the Top 10 Post-Guns N’ Roses Slash Songs.
’Get Out the Door’
Before the other four musicians in Velvet Revolver abruptly fell out with frontman Scott Weiland under acrimonious circumstances, they were poised to dominate rock radio for years to come. At least it seemed that way based on excellent material like ‘Get Out the Door,’ which sadly proved to be the third and final single released from 2007’s ‘Libertad,’ and featured Slash on talk box.
Prior to hitching his horse to Velvet Revolver, our man of the hour had already proven his post-GNR bankability as the leader of Slash’s Snakepit. So we’ll cull the next entry in our list of Top 10 Post-Guns N’ Roses Slash Songs, the catchy and punchy ‘Mean Bone,’ from that group’s unfairly overlooked sophomore outing, ‘Ain’t Life Grand,’ which kept the quality tunes right on coming despite an ever-fluid band lineup.
‘You’re a Lie’
For his second release following Velvet Revolver’s dissolution, 2012’s ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ Slash partnered with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz (Alice Cooper, Theory of a Deadman) and bassist Todd Kerns. This formidable lineup did not disappoint. Just have a taste of the album’s powerful lead-off single, ‘You’re a Lie,’ and you’ll see what we mean.
‘Libertad’ is Spanish for freedom, and it was a rather suitable title for Velvet Revolver’s increasingly diverse sophomore album (too bad it couldn’t last). Having said that, we still can’t resist tapping another explosive, take-no-prisoners hard rocker for these Top 10 Post-Guns n’ Roses Slash Songs, in the shape of the unapologetic ‘Just Sixteen,’ which is packed with tasty, high-speed licks and leads.
’Beggars and Hangers-On’
Now, way back in ’95, ol’ Slash was still ostensibly a member of GNR, but so tired was he of sitting around, waiting for Axl Rose to bless the band’s next move, that he finally channeled his creative energies into the Snakepit’s first LP, ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.’ And a fine album it was, too, filled with stripped-down blues rockers like ‘Beggars and Hangers-On,’ that wisely did without the musical excess (backup singers, keyboards) that had crept into GnR’s final touring lineups.
Some 15 years later, Slash was once again a free agent and, this time, finally ready to slap his own stage name onto 2010’s unofficially named ‘R&Fn’R’ (must we translate?) album. It boasted guest performances from all of his former GNR bandmates (except for you-know-who) and a Rolodex of superstar singers, providing vocals for each album cut. Among these, our next pick just had to be the rollicking ‘Doctor Alibi,’ featuring Motorhead icon Lemmy, jousting with Slash in a match made in heavy rock heaven.
‘Dime Store Rock’
Another undeniable highlight from that first Snakepit album, the wonderfully spontaneous, half-fast, half-slow ‘Dime Store Rock’ showcased the amazing potential of Slash’s budding partnership with former Jellyfish singer Eric Dover — here seen shrieking in tune as well as Mr. W. Axl Rose ever did. Of course, that partnership was to prove short-lived, but the sparks generated over these five euphoric minutes, hasn’t lost any of its potency.
Back to Velvet Revolver we go — this time to the group’s platinum-selling debut from 2005, ‘Contraband,’ and one of its pulse-accelerating hard rockers, ‘Spectacle.’ Come to think of it, no word better describes this supergroup’s emergence, midway through a sometimes ho-hum decade for rock and roll (and with no ‘Chinese Democracy’ in sight) than “excitement.” Simple as that … simple as rock and friggin’ roll.
Our second visit to Slash’s star-studded, thrill-a-minute 2010 solo album finds him paired up with Cult vocalist Ian Astbury on ‘Ghost’ — a tune so damn good, it undoubtedly left many fans wishing that the two musicians had extended their collaboration into an entirely new band project. Alas, their creative destinies (and, likely, business managers) had other plans, but how a song this irresistible failed to gain classic status (for now) is frankly beyond us, so we’ll give it its due here, for what that’s worth.
’Fall to Pieces’
The time has come to wrap up our list of Top 10 Post-Guns n’ Roses Slash Songs, and could we do it any other way than with Velvet Revolver’s signature power ballad, ‘Fall to Pieces’? Sure, this anthemic, universal, and surprisingly vulnerable cry for help shares a few musical characteristics with Guns N’ Roses’ immortal ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ (mainly the earworm-like central melody concocted by Slash); but by framing their message around the trials of substance abuse, as depicted in the smashingly acted music video seen below, Velvet Revolver ensured that ‘Fall to Pieces’ would transcend any base comparisons and stand on its own as an individual, modern day classic rock staple.