Slash's second solo album, Apocalyptic Love, is almost certain to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (May 30th), and may even climb into the Top Five depending on the sales of other artists. Apocalyptic Loveis expected to sell between 30,000 and 40,000 copies in its first week of release, based on first-day sales and industry tracking following the disc's arrival last Tuesday (May 22nd). Slash's self-titled solo debut, issued in 2010, sold 60,000 copies in its first week on shelves.
The former Guns N' Roses guitarist is now releasing his music through his own label, Dik Hayd (Decayed) Records, and we asked him how that compares to working with major labels in the past: ["It's really enabling me to make records and be able to put them out myself so I don't have to do the gamble with the big record companies. Now as far as like the glory days of the record business, that's something -- yeah, I mean, you can miss it, but it's changed so much and most of the companies have turned into such conglomerates, it's pointless to really sort of miss the old days 'cause they're long gone."] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . they're long gone.)
- Unlike Slash's solo debut, which featured different vocalists on each track and a number of guest musicians, Slash has recorded all of the new CD with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators.
- Kennedy also sang with Slash and other former members of Guns N' Roses when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.
- Slash and his band will head to Europe in June for a month-long tour before starting a new North American run on July 12th in Portland, Oregon.