Slash and his solo band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, were the musical guests on last night’s (Wednesday, September 12) episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The band performed a total of five songs on the show’s outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Two of the tracks — “Driving Rain” and “Mind Your Manners” — have been posted to the “Kimmel” YouTube channel and can be seen below.
Slash‘s new album, “Living The Dream”, will be released on September 21 via his own label Snakepit Records. It is Slash‘s fourth solo album and third since putting together the CONSPIRATORS, which also features singer Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns and guitarist Frank Sidoris. The group’s North American headlining tour begins September 13 in Los Angeles, visiting 20 major cities before ending on October 14 in Sacramento.
The first single from “Living The Dream”, a song called “Driving Rain”, was released in late July. Slash said about the song: “This is a riff I specifically remember playing with the guys for the first time at a venue in New Hampshire on the ‘World On Fire’ tour. It’s a cool guitar part we ran though, and from that point forward the rest of the song started to come together in my mind while on the road. We put it all together this year and Myles came up with a great melody for it.”
Kennedy added: “Lyrically, it’s a story about somebody who works on the road — it could be a musician, and it could be a traveling salesman. What makes it interesting is this guy has an addict girlfriend or spouse who continues to relapse, and she ends up getting him to come home. She’s miserable and falls back into bad old habits, and that compels him to head back to her to save the day.”
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.”