Anyone who follows Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash, on his Instagram, knows that the mad hatter has quite the affinity for animals, especially reptiles. So there should be plenty of scales (pun definitely intended) when he performs at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's 2017 Beastly Ball on May 20. What makes this upcoming performance unique, is that the entire show will be broadcasted in virtual reality, Billboard reports.
The emerging world of virtual reality, or VR for short, is starting to play a big role in bringing immersive concert experiences to fans from the comfort of their own homes. The events organizers have partnered up with tech firm NextVR to bring the 360 degree experience to the fans.
The night’s event will also feature performances by Tenacious D funnyman and guitarist Jack Black, Grace Potter and Bernard Fowler with Jimmy Vivino with The Basic Cable Band of the Conan O’Brien Show.
In addition to taking in the night’s performances, VR viewers will also get to watch behind-the-scenes footage, an interview with Slash and his rehearsal earlier in the evening.
The 51-year-old guitarist has been a longtime supporter of animal rights and conservation, and is even a board member for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. The musician has been a part of numerous campaigns to help the L.A. Zoo over the years alongside fellow personality, Betty White.
"I'm honored and proud to be a part of the L.A. Zoo's 50th Anniversary Beastly Ball," said Slash said in a statement to go with Thursday’s announcement. "It's going to be the biggest yet, and I'm really looking forward to jamming live with some good friends."
The announcement also revealed that guests who are brave enough to attend the critter-filled event are invited to dress in safari casual attire, stroll through the Zoo during a rare after-hours visit observing its inhabitants, watch the zookeepers feed the animals and more.
Welcome to the Jungle.