MYLES KENNEDY On SLASH: 'I Don't Know If I Know Too Many People Who Wanna Play As Much As He Does'
In a brand new interview with Australia’s Music Feeds, Myles Kennedy spoke about the camaraderie and respect between him and GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash. Kennedy sang lead vocals on a pair of songs that appeared on Slash‘s eponymous solo debut album in 2010 before taking a more central role — under the SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS banner — on 2012’s ”Apocalyptic Love”, 2014’s ”World On Fire” and the just-released ”Living The Dream”.
”I think for me, early on, becoming aware he [Slash] in a lot of ways is a kindred spirit and he lives to play,” Myles said. ”So when you meet people who are hardwired in the same way that you are, there’s a natural pull that happens there.
”A lot of times in this industry, it’s interesting to find people who are in it, but sometimes you wonder what their motivation is,” he continued. ”Slash is somebody I know who’s in it for the music. I don’t know if I know too many people who wanna play as much as he does. [Laughs]
”It’s funny, he actually made a comment one day, we were talking about [American blues legend] B.B. King, who had recently passed. He made a comment about how B.B. had been on the road, ultimately, until his last days; he was in a tour bus. Slash made a comment saying, ‘That’s gonna be me someday,’ and I said, ‘Yeah I can see that. You’ll be out there well into your twilight years!’ He just needs to do it, and I kinda feel the same way. I can’t imagine ever retiring, because music is oxygen to me.”
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his partnership with Kennedy has been easy from the start. ”We work really well together,” he said. ”I never really thought about how that’s progressing. It’s real natural. So it’s like any kind of sort of close relationship, where I think we established it really, really early on and now we’re just sort of doing our thing, you know. Yeah, I don’t know what else to say — it’s just a really cool kind of synergy that we’ve got.”
”Living The Dream” was released on September 21 via Slash‘s own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records. The disc is Slash‘s fourth solo album, and third with Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals). The artwork was created by renowned visual artist Ron English.
The ”Living The Dream” sessions, which commenced in late March, saw the band reunite with producer Michael ”Elvis” Baskette, who also helmed ”World On Fire”.