Slash, the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter has revealed the cover artwork and album title for his second studio album, 'Apocalyptic Love'. Due out May 21st in the UK, the new album features Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and will be released on Slash's own label DikHayd International and distributed through Roadrunner Records in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
In the UK, the album will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form – providing a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailer.
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The Fan Pack is available for pre-order now at www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/slash-fan-pack. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash album will follow through Roadrunner Records on June 18 2012.
Slash is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the final touches on 'Apocalyptic Love'. This week he announced his headlining U.S. tour will begin May 3rd in Baltimore. Tickets are on sale now.
'Apocalyptic Love' will follow his 2010 debut album, 'Slash', which has now sold over 100,000 copies in the UK alone, and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set 'Made In Stoke 24/7/11'. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart).
Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
On 'Apocalyptic Love' Slash, along with his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass), have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage in these videos:
Slash's 2012 headlining US tour dates are as follows:
Rams Head Live
Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham Speedway
Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
Lazerfest, Central Iowa Expo
Grand Rapids MI
Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew Stadium
MMRBQ, Susquehanna Bank Center
Route 66 Casino-on sale 2/27
Slash is also now conmfirmed for the UK's Download festival, which takes place on the weekend of the 8th to 10th June 2012.
You can get your tickets by clicking here. Hurry - they are already selling fast...