Slash recalls recording song with Chester Bennington
Slash revealed in a new interview with Variety that he recently rediscovered a never-before-heard collaboration between himself and late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. The track was intended for Slash’s first solo album, although he ended up recording it with late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister on vocals.
Slash recalled, “When I was doing my first solo record, I worked with a lot of different people, some of whom, for whatever reason, didn’t end up on the record. One was with Chester. We did a song and Linkin Park at the time didn’t allow it to happen, so I did it with Lemmy. The guy who engineered my demos sent it to me and I sent it to Chester’s family.”
The guitarist added that the song, called “Captain Alibi,” could be released at some point, saying, “His family has got it so it would be totally up to them. It was really good. He was awesome. It would be fine with me if they wanted to (release) it. Musically it’s basically the same as the Lemmy song, but the lyrics are really poignant.”
The self-titled 2010 project featured a different guest vocalist on each track, including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie, Chris Cornell, Kid Rock, Myles Kennedy, Iggy Pop, M. Shadows and others. Slash told us at the time how he went about getting all those singers involved: “I compiled, you know, a bunch of songs with a definite idea as to who would sound good on what. Then I had to make a presentable demo, call up the artist and go, ‘I’ve got this song, I’m doing this record with all these different singers on it, and I would love for you to be on it and I have a song I think you would like,’ and then send it to them. And then I got positive feedback all the way along the line there.”
Slash will release his fourth solo album and third with his band The Conspirators, titled Living The Dream, on September 21st. He and the Conspirators will hit the road next month as well, with Slash also touring again with Guns N’ Roses in November.
Chester Bennington committed suicide on July 20th, 2017.
Slash said that the lyrics of “Captain Alibi” reflected Bennington’s “state of mind,” noting one passage: “I went to see the doctor / He said you’re pretty sick / You got some real bad habits / You’d better stop right quick.”
Story source: Variety
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Slash, Chester and Duff McKagan perform “Paradise City” in 2006: