For the last year or so, fans have been tantalized with information on Slash's solo debut, a self-described rock 'n' roll roller coaster that features a who's who of guests from Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne and Dave Grohl to Fergie, Chris Cornell and Kid Rock.
Well, the album is every bit the rock 'n' roll monster you expect. But enough talk, more rock, you say. Spinner is proud to present the premiere of Slash's 'By the Sword,' the album's lead single that features Andrew Stockdale. Starting with a sweet bluesy riff and the Wolfmother singer doing a pretty effective Robert Plant wail, the track picks up tempo as it finds Slash delivering a wicked, slow-rising solo that effortlessly segues from a grind into a guitar-hero moment then climaxes with a psychedelic rock barrage and Stockdale's impassioned vocals.
"'By the Sword' is a favorite of mine off the album," Slash tells Spinner. "I really enjoyed meeting and working with Andrew Stockdale. It was a solid collaborative effort and his voice is fantastic."
When Stockdale jammed with Slash at the guitarist's November 2009 L.A. benefit for homeless kids, the two debuted the song live and Stockdale admitted before the show to Noisecreep that playing with the icon "was a little intimidating." But you can't tell it from this song.
"There was this invisible weight lifted off every person that came in and performed on it," Slash says. "They didn't have the pressure of having to deliver their next hit record, so I ended up getting amazing performances out of everybody."
And did he feel the pressure on his first solo album? "I was more just having a good time," he says. "It's been a release for me after the two Velvet records and my past history in bands. It was just nice to go out and steer my own ship for a minute."
Check out the song at Spinner.com