Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Saul “Slash” Hudson has kept a busy work schedule over the last few years. The veteran rocker and hair metal guitar hero reunited with his former GnR bandmates, lead singer Axl Rose and bassist Duff McKagen, starting back in April of 2016. Their ongoing “Not in This Lifetime” reunion tour has since dominated the touring rock and roll landscape with sold-out shows in arenas and stadiums around the globe, earning a reported $480 million in box office revenues over a span of 125 shows entering the new year.
Now it appears that Slash has somehow found time to write and record a new studio album under his solo banner, alongside his previous collaborators and backing band in singer Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The band will reportedly release their currently untitled follow-up to 2014’s World On Fire with a new album set for an arrival sometime later this year, with a tour to follow.
"I'm excited about the new stuff we put together for this next record; it's got some cool songs and it's got a great live feel," Slash told rock media outlet Blabbermouth. “As a band we continue to get better which is great. With the addition of Frank since the 'World On Fire' tour, I feel we have hit a great, creative stride which I definitely think shows on this next record."
Slash and his band made headlines earlier in the day on Thursday when they appeared on the lineup poster for California’s upcoming KAABOO Del Mar Music Festival in the fall. Their appearance at the west coast festival will likely be a part of a larger run of North American concerts in support of the new album, following another European leg of Guns N’ Roses’ ongoing tour throughout the summer months.
Slash originally recruited Kennedy - who rose to hard rock prominence as part of Alter Bridge - to sing on a pair of tracks for his 2010 star-studded, self-titled solo album. The two have been inseparable musically ever since, with Kennedy appearing on and co-writing Slash’s next two studio projects and supporting tours.