Slash, the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter, has just finished recording a six-show radio series for BBC Radio 2. “Just finished recording a 6 show radio series for Radio 2 full of hard rock & metal that was a major influence on me. Blistering! IiiI; )’ ,” he states via Facebook. The series will begin airing sometime in in April, stretched over six weeks.
Slash will release his second solo album, “Apocalyptic Love” on May 22 via his own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI. The CD will follow his 2010 debut album, “Slash“, and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set “Made In Stoke 24/7/11“. Notably, the “Slash” album debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
In the U.K., the album will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form — providing a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks (“Carolina” and “Crazy Love“) alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash album will follow through Roadrunner Records on June 18.
For the new album, Slash — along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) — teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the “Slash” disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album.