Slash: ‘Recording my second album has been as much fun as playing in Guns N’ Roses’

Legendary axeman also tries to capture a more raw sound on new record

Slash has revealed recording sessions for his second solo album have been his best since the early days of his former band Guns N’ Roses.

The axeman, who is currently recording the follow up to his 2010 self-titled debut in Los Angeles, also said he is trying to capture a more “live” sound on his new record.

Slash told Total Guitar:

This has been the most fun that I’ve had since the earliest Guns N’ Roses days.

He added: “I definitely have found a certain freedom to be able to feel comfortable expressing myself with the guys that I’m working with, and just being able to focus on what it is that I like to focus on, and not having a lot of outside distraction and internal distraction and confusion.”

Slash is again collaborating with Myles Kennedy, frontman of Florida rock band Alter Bridge, on vocals. The band are recording in California’s Barefoot Studio and working with producer Eric Valentine – according to bassist Todd Kerns.

He added: “We’re just going for the one take that sounds good, so my solos are more raw, probably sloppier in a way, because they’re very spontaneous to the point where it’s in the heat of the moment.

“Everything is being played live with the music tracks: the solos, everything. We’re trying not to overdub extra bits. So if there’s a solo, I’m playing on one side, singer Myles [Kennedy]’s rhythm track is on the other.”

Guns N’ Roses are set to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April. Various members have hinted at a reunion of the original line-up but Slash recently said he is not keen to revisit all the previous tensions between him and former frontman Axl Rose.