Guitar hero Slash announces UK headline and festival dates

Posted on 4 May 2011
By Lara Leon-Cullen
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Rock icon Slash has stepped out into the solo spotlight with the release his debut album “Slash” on Roadrunner Records and announced a UK tour.

The album features an all-star roster of guest musicians including Ian Astbury, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmister, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Duff McKagan, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother.

Slash, enlisted the services of producing partner Eric Valentine (Queens of Stone Age, The All-American Rejects) and compiled a rhythm section of bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails).

The Guns n Roses star handled the majority of arranging and songwriting duties and hand-picked each guest artist.

Roadrunner are set to release Starlight as a single on the 25th July. The single features a stunning vocal performance from Myles Kennedy (who also performs vocal duties in Slash’s touring band).

Slash is a consummate live performer and his touring band have already planted their credentials in the UK with Slash headlining a sold out UK tour as well as show stealing performances at Download, Glastonbury and Wireless festivals in the UK in 2010. 2011 sees Slash return to the UK & Eire with the following dates confirmed…

7th-10th July (Day tba) Oxegen festival, Ireland www.oxegen.ie (Day splits tba)
8th-10th July (Day tba) T In The Park festival, Scotland www.tinthepark.com (Day splits tba)
Wed 20th July 2011 O2 Academy Birmingham UK headline
Thu 21st O2 Apollo Manchester UK headline
Sat 23rd High Voltage festival London UK www.highvoltagefestival.com
Sun 24th Victoria Hall Stoke UK headline
Mon 25th O2 Academy Leeds UK headline

For headline shows tickets go onsale at 9am on Friday 6th May priced at £28.50 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. He has received countless accolades and awards including a 2007 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.

An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” The band dominated the 1980’s and 90’s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard charging rock music.

After the band’s break-up, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with supergroup Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash is one of the marquee playable characters in Guitar Hero III, has two signature Gibson guitars in his name, and authored his own top-selling biography Slash in 2007.

The album Slash is out now… slashonline.com