Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash talked about his upcoming solo album with UK magazine Metal Hammer earlier this week, and signed off hinting at a possible, and rather unusual, collaboration project with Fergie – best known for her work with the Black Eyed Peas, of all groups.
There are, of course, other far more notable guest appearances on the self-titled album. Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, M. Shadows (of Avenged Sevenfold), Iggy Pop, Cypress Hill and Chris Cornell have all made a contribution to the record, which is due out on 7th April.
But the bizarre addition of Fergie has left me, at least, incredibly stumped. The Black Eyed Peas produce nothing but generic mass-pleasing music, with awful backing and a very lacklustre vocal output (both in terms of lyrics and quality).
As you can tell I’m not a fan – it’s really not a favourite moment of mine when one of their songs comes on in a club. Which is such a shame, as I used to love BEP back when they first emerged!
So why has Slash chosen Fergie to appear on his record? Well, it would seem that they both go back a long way and have worked together many times before in the LA music scene – a place where, it would seem, everyone knows everyone.
Slash told Metal Hammer that he wanted different vocal sounds for each of his songs, and Fergie fitted with this.
I was writing material that called out for different singers. A good example the song that Fergie ended up on – it was a very hard rock song. It was written to a stripper kind of beat. It was tailored for a girl to sing it, but a girl that had balls.
He’s not lying either. Coming from someone who’s sung the kind of mass-dance churn music that the Black Eyed Peas seem to have been guilty of in the past few years, Fergie sounds like she’s got more in common with Pink than the BEP’s frontman willi.i.am.
Check out this bonus track from the Slash solo album. That’s right, it’s Paradise City. But please, bear with us – it’s not butchered at all like you’d expect it. In fact, it’s Cypress Hill who seem to be most out-of-place.
Unless Kid Rock (who also appears on the album) pulls an ace out of nowhere (unlikely, given his lack of ability to produce good rock records), then Fergie will be the biggest surprise on this album.
Slash goes on to hint at a possibility of doing an album with Fergie.
I’d love to do [a record] with Fergie, and I know she’s looking to do a rock record…
So more may be on the cards. At first I was very dubious, knowing full well that the Black Eyed Peas are incapable of producing a record that doesn’t make me want to hurl the radio at a wall. But with the sneak previews we’ve had of Fergie’s ability, I’m gonna trust Slash on this one.
Bring on the duet album, I say!
Now all that’s left is to wait and see if Slash’s solo work is any good. Given that his work with Velvet Revolver was fantastic, and that the latest ‘Axl Rose and Friends’ (sorry…’Guns N’ Roses’) record was very much less than fantastic I think the talent lies with our curly-haired friend.
Roll on April 7th – I await it with bated breath. Expect a full album review as soon as this record hits the shelves. Until then, turn your eyes towards the newly-released track listing so you know what to expect!
- Ghost (Ian Astbury)
- Crucify The Dead (Ozzy)
- Beautiful Dangerous (Fergie)
- Promise (Chris Cornell)
- By The Sword (Andrew Stockdale)
- Gotten (Adam Levine)
- Doctor Alibi (Lemmy Kilmeister)
- Watch This (Dave Grohl/Duff McKagan)
- I Hold On (Kid Rock)
- Nothing To Say (M Shadows)
- Starlight (Myles Kennedy)
- Saint Is A Sinner Too (Rocco De Luca)
- We’re All Gonna Die (Iggy Pop)