Slash‘s solo band, known as Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, is rumored to be putting the finishing touches on a new studio album for a fall 2018 release. The Guns N’ Roses guitarist has not officially confirmed that he is back in the studio working on the follow-up to 2014’s World On Fire, but it is believed that he and his bandmates have been laying down tracks since at least January.
Rumors that Slash might be working on his fourth solo effort started last December when his girlfriend Meegan Hodges told a fan on Instagram that the guitarist was in the studio with Kennedy recording the next Conspirators album. But Kennedy claimed in a radio interview a short time later that there were no concrete plans for him to reunite with Slash and work on new music.
- After a fan asked Hodges to clarify her remarks following Kennedy’s denial, Hodges responded, “Maybe you should ask the band guys.”
- Slash told us a while back that leading his own solo outfit was a satisfying experience: [“One of the great things about working with these guys is there’s no issues. All they want to do is play, and they love rock ‘n’ roll and they’re just — they’re fully into it and it’s sort of like when you’re working with people that don’t have any other baggage that they’re concerned about.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . they’re concerned about.)
- Kennedy, who also fronts Alter Bridge, has said that he would spend most of 2018 touring behind his solo album, Year Of The Tiger, which arrives on Friday (March 9th). He has acknowledged, however, working with Slash on new material toward the end of the World On Fire tour cycle.
- It was after that tour was completed that rumors of Slash rejoining Guns N’ Roses for a reunion tour began to circulate, with the reunion confirmed in early 2016.
- The current Guns trek — which also features fellow original members Axl Rose and Duff McKagan — launched in April 2016 and has since grossed more than $400 million, with more European dates coming this summer.
- Despite the success of the tour, there has been no indication that Guns intends to record a new album anytime soon. The last Guns album on which Rose, McKagan and Slash appeared together was 1993’s covers set “The Spaghetti Incident?”, although Rose recorded 2008’s Chinese Democracy with an entirely different lineup.