As SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS wrap up their nationwide “The River Is Rising” U.S. tour with sold-out shows, the group have released their new single “April Fool” HERE off their new album 4, which is available everywhere now via Gibson Records (in partnership with BMG), HERE, and in limited-edition bundles HERE. The group will celebrate the release of the new album by sharing it with fans around the world via a global streaming event to be held Friday, April 15, 2022, at 12 PM PT in an exclusive partnership with premium concert livestream platform Veeps.
“Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Live From Boston," shot on location this month during the group’s sold out House of Blues show, the full production, multi-camera streaming concert event will give fans around the globe the chance to see SMKC’s electrifying live show which The Chicago Sun-Times heralded “a rock-solid powerhouse” and “a curated, 21-song salute to some of their own best material” adding, “As long as Slash is still standing, rock music will always be alive and well” (3/3/22). The set list will include classic favorites, as well as brand new songs from their new album 4, released last month on Gibson Records/BMG. Tickets for “Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Live From Boston” are on sale now at Veeps; the show will be available for viewing for 48 hours after the event airs.
Fueled by the explosive Top 10 rock song “The River Is Rising” its high energy live performance video, as well as the best critical acclaim of their career (see below) the new album 4 (available now via Gibson Records/BMG) debuted as the #1 Most-Selling Hard Rock Album during release week. The first single “The River Is Rising” reached #7 on the Active Rock Charts, marking SMKC’s 8th consecutive Top 10 single at radio. SMKC performed “The River Is Rising” which Rolling Stone hailed as “raucous” and Billboard described as “euphoric” with “a surging main riff, dissonant hooks, an infectious chorus, and a guitar solo that conjures images of a rowdy bar brawl” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! HERE. Slash also did an interview with Jimmy Kimmel during the show, HERE.
A decade and four albums into their career, the new full-length album 4 marks the first new music from SMKC in four years and fifth solo album overall. SLASH and his bandmates MYLES KENNEDY (Vocals), BRENT FITZ (Drums), TODD KERNS (Bass & Vocals) and FRANK SIDORIS (Guitar & Vocals) aka SMKC, partnered with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Rival Sons), for the new album 4 resulting in the band’s strongest collective statement to date. Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN, Cobb shared the band’s desire to lay down the tracks live in the studio--including guitar solos and vocals--a first for the group, revealing a stunning, vital sound and style all captured live.
4 is SMKC like you’ve never heard them before. A vibrant rock album fueled by memorable guitar hooks and compelling melodies, big choruses, and even bigger riffs, 4 hits on a wide range of sounds, styles, and moods in 10 songs, and does it all with laser-sharp musical focus and a lightning-in-a-bottle sense of immediacy. The album kicks off with opening track “The River is Rising,” one of the band’s toughest and most dynamic compositions to date, unraveling via a menacing, tightly-coiled riff and deep-in-the-pocket groove. From the deliberate stomp rock of “Whatever Gets You By,” the bright-toned, heart-on-sleeve pop-rocker “Fill My World,” to the talk box-drenched guitar hooks of “C’est La Vie,” exotica-tinged psychedelic fever dream of “Spirit Love,” the anthemic swell of “The Path Less Followed,” to the cowbell-inflected boogie-shake of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words,” the grimy Aerosmith-esque funk of “April Fool,” to the rampaging attack of “Call Off the Dogs,” and climaxing with the epic, six minute album closer “Fall Back to Earth,” 4 is an album that grabs hold, and never lets go.
Following are SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS tour dates. All tickets HERE.
Fri, Mar 25 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sat. Mar 26 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live - Orlando
SMKC new album 4 cover art: HERE.
“’4’ is their best album to date.”--Premier Guitar (Cover story)
Critical acclaim across the globe is pouring in for SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and their new album 4: “musically stinging crunch-rock… beautifully melodic.”--USA TODAY
“The whole album is a masterpiece. If you want to know what real rock-and-roll sounds like, crack it up nice and loud.”--METAL INSIDER
“On 4, the fourth record by Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, he [Slash] captured the mojo he was after by recording most of the album live in a mere 10 days at Nashville’s RCA Studio A... For Slash, recording off the cuff was as liberating as he had hoped it would be, and not second-guessing himself contributed to the album’s eclecticism. There’s the heart-aching power ballad ‘Fall Back to Earth’ the glam-banging ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’ and the euphoric first single, ‘The River Is Rising,’ which features a surging main riff, dissonant hooks, an infectious chorus and a guitar solo that conjures images of a rowdy bar brawl.”--BILLBOARD
“On the album, Slash delivers a collection of unflinching hard rock riffs that showcase his tenure as a world-class guitarist.”--THE TENNESSEAN
“From the insistent churn of the opening track and first single ‘The River Is Rising,’ to the slippery funk rhythms of ‘April Fool,’ the dinosaur-sized stomp of ‘Whatever Gets You By’ to the off-to-the-races sprint of ‘Call Of The Dogs,’ 4 hits with the immediacy of a great live show. …Slash & Co color outside the lines on tracks like the slinky, Eastern-tinged ‘Spirit Love’ and the uncharacteristically major-key pop-rock workout ‘Fill My World,’ as well as the widescreen epic ballad ‘Fall Back to Earth’ which closes the record in dramatic fashion. Overall, it’s a leaner, harder and more expansive take on the SMKC sound.”--GUITAR WORLD (COVER story)
“A superb album and a sonic benchmark for modern rock music.”--METAL TALK
“The band’s new album is crackling hard rock-the no-nonsense, straight-up variety. ‘The River Is Rising’ proves hard rock can groove. The snaky, funky ‘Whatever Gets You By’ shimmers with thick guitar and bass riffs and a fluttering guitar solo. ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’ leads off with wah touches, and the sneering vocals, buzzing guitar and stabbing bass lock together in the catchy chorus melody; overall the tune is distinguished by its tough laid back swagger and a bluesy solo. Melodies and hooks permeate 4, guided by the attack of five rockers letting it rip.”--VINTAGE GUITAR (Cover story)
“All rich, roomy tones captured live in Nashville’s RCA Studios…Everything on 4 is deeper, looser and grittier.”--CLASSIC ROCK (8-out-of-10 review, Cover story)
“Slash's fourth album feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators hits all the right beats to be a modern rock classic. …A trove of silvery melodies, insta-hummable verses `and more piledriver groves than one album should reasonably contain.”--METAL HAMMER (8 out-of-10 review, “Best Metal Albums of 2022”)
“Album opener (and highlight) ‘The River Is Rising’ will be a live favourite, thanks to a stomping, Motörhead-style outro, steeped in Lemmy and Phil Taylor-isms. Elsewhere, ‘April Fool’ impresses thanks to a frankly filthy riff, while ballad ‘Fill My World’ is a proper show-stopper.”--HOT PRESS (IRELAND)
“While there’s undeniable links to Zeppelin in the final product, hints of country guitar stylings are also evident in some of Slash’s remarkable guitar solos. On the very Guns N’ Roses styled track, ‘April Fool,’ Slash leans into the riff as the band hit the chordal accents in time. The guitar tone has serious bite, especially in the solo, where Slash drops in some nuanced country guitar licks.”--LOUD (AUSTRALIA)
“Slithering solos and crunchy choruses.”--DAILY MAIL
“Through the decades, Guitar hero Slash has gone beyond his Guns N’ Roses roots to create powerful collaborations with groups like Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, this team’s recent endeavor is a powerful album simply titled ‘4’, on the brand new record label Gibson Records.” --GOLDMINE (Cover story)
“At this point the Slash crew is well-honed, and 4 shows off the quintet's brawny confidence along with a seamless interweaving of sources. In ‘The River Is Rising’- the opening track and first single - the quintet tears through a thunderous mingling of grunge (think Alice in Chains' ‘Man in the Box’) with Tom Morello-leaning solo, ‘Paradise City’-style tempo changes and even a wink at Deep Purple's ‘Crazy’ at the very end. Not bad for a mere 3:42, and the confluence does not sound at all forced. … ‘The Path Less Followed’ is a cranking, punching riff rocker while ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’ chugs into heavy boogie… The six-and-a-half-minute [Fall Back to Earth’] comes like a hard-rock James Bond theme, dramatic and careening through texture changes as well as one of Slash's trademark, biting solos - shades of the Use Your Illusion era.”--ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK
“A solid album jam packed with soaring vocals, unforgettable melodies, large choruses, and riffs that will blow your mind.”--AQUARIAN
“The ‘River Is Rising’ marks the first new music in three years from Slash and his band, and it doesn’t disappoint. There’s a metallic stomp to the track, which opens with a tremolo riff that would be at home in a black metal song. From there, quintet lock into a four-on-the-floor groove as Kennedy alternates between epic singing and cleaner melodies during the chorus. Overall, there’s plenty to satiate both hard rock and metal fans”.--CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“The songs [on 4] are organic, urgent and upfront. Opener ‘The River is Rising’ is all the best of what you’d expect from the group: soaring choruses, hard-driving riffs and, of course, an explosive guitar solo. One of the most reliable vocalists in rock, Kennedy is on point here. ’Whatever Gets You By’ starts as a Doors-like blues romp that jumps into a southern rock fist-pumper. ‘C’est la vie’ builds around Slash’s wah-pedal-soaked guitar licks before the rest of the band joins on another blues-inspired rocker. ‘The Path Less Followed’ again taps into the past, sounding like it could have been recorded in the ’70s. It’s a breath of fresh air when hard rock songs emphasize melody over heaviness.”--RIFF MAGAZINE
“4 is arguably SMKC’s most energetic and immediate offering to date.”--METAL EDGE
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SMKC 4 album listening links: https://slash.lnk.to/4AlbumTW
SLASH interview with Jimmy Kimmel: HERE and performance: HERE.
SLASH interview with Conan O’Brien: HERE and Tom Morello: HERE
SMKC “The River Is Rising” first single and video: HERE.
SMKC 4 Album Biography: HERE.
SMKC 4 Album cover art: HERE.
SMKC Band Photos: HERE.“
Making of ‘4” with SMKC and Dave Cobb: Episode1 HERE, 2 HERE, and 3 HERE.
SMKC on the Howard Stern Show: HERE.
SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY breakdown the new album 4 in its entirety: HERE.
About SLASH and SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS:
SLASH--the iconic, GRAMMY-winning, American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer--has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is a New York Times Best-selling author. SLASH is considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time and one of the most recognizable faces in pop culture worldwide. Time magazine placed SLASH at #2 (Jimi Hendrix was #1) in its list, “The 10 Greatest Electric Guitar Players.” SLASH created signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver before embarking on his own solo career. After landing on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010)--which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie, Myles Kennedy and more--he formed his current band SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS (SMKC)--which features Myles Kennedy (lead vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass/vocals) and Frank Sidoris (rhythm guitar)--who’ve been touring worldwide and making music together non-stop for over a decade. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS (SMKC) released their debut album, the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart debuting at #4 on the overall chart as well as the #1 Top Rock album, and spawned SLASH and the band’s first-ever #1 solo radio hits “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” The band’s second album, World On Fire (2016) debuted to global praise and the album’s title track, “World On Fire” ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. In 2016, Guns N’ Roses re-united and SLASH joined Axl Rose and Duff McKagan for the historic and ongoing world tour which Billboard magazine now ranks as the third highest grossing tour of all time. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS’ most recent release is their critically--acclaimed third album Living The Dream (2018) which Rolling Stone declared “a biting blues filigree at the end of a riff, weeping solos full of long notes and boogie-woogie riffs” and the Los Angeles Times added is full of “unexpected funk, boogie, blues and garage rock influences.” Living The Dream debuted with 10, Top 10 Chart placements across the globe and fueled by the Top 5 song “Driving Rain,” and the single “Mind Your Manners” was hailed by critics as the best songs of the band’s career. By the end of SMKC’s worldwide tour in 2019, SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS had achieved seven, consecutive, Top 10 Hit singles at radio. The group’s first new music in four years, SLASH (guitars) and MYLES KENNEDY (lead vocals) along with their fellow co-Conspirators—TODD KERNS (bass), drummer BRENT FITZ (drums) and FRANK SIDORIS (rhythm guitar)—released their new album 4 via Gibson Records--the iconic American guitar brands’ newly established record label—on February 11, 2022. The new album 4, is co-produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Rival Sons), and was recorded at the famed RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN. 4 is SLASH’s fifth solo album overall and his fourth with MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS; watch the current videos, interviews, and making of the album clips HERE. For more information, visit: www.slashonline.com.
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