By Kelly Dearmore
By Jim Schutze
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Twenty-five years into an already remarkable career, rock 'n' roll's most recognizable guitarist finally got around to releasing a proper solo album this past year. The album—which was originally going to be called Slash and Friends before the and Friends part was ultimately dropped—sees the famously coiffed shredder not only joined by three-fourths of his Appetite for Destruction-era Guns N' Roses bandmates, but a veritable who's who of rock's most celebrated vocalists.
Seriously though: The list of collaborators—Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Ian Astbury, Lemmy Kilmister, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge), Kid Rock, Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), M. Shadows (of Avenged Sevenfold), Andrew Stockdale (of Wolfmother) and, oddly enough, Fergie—reads more like the lineup for a Bob Geldof charity project than a list of guests on one man's solo debut. But the fact that Slash pulls the whole thing off so capably only further proves the axeman has the moxie and dexterity to carry off the single-name concept so successfully.
So when Slash pays a visit to the American Airlines Center Thursday, with a band fronted by collaborator Kennedy, opening for fellow collaborator Ozzy, and starts mixing in material from his GnR, Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver days, he will leave little doubt that he is indeed an icon.
Spoiler alert: It's not just because of the top hat.