“ …many rock critics believe [ Living The Dream ] is his best work since the demise of Velvet Revolver. …full of “ unexpected funk, boogie, blues and garage rock influences .”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES (cover story, 9/28/18)
“ Living the Dream is the bands third and Best Album, ‘The Great Pretender’ is the album’s masterpiece and one of the best things Slash has ever done ”
– CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE (8/10 review)
“The guitarist alternates between ragged power chords and squealing solos …Kennedy layers his voice into stacked harmonies .”
– ROLLING STONE (8/17/2018)
As SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS crisscross the country with sold-out headlining shows on their first tour in over four years, the group is celebrating the release of LIVING THE DREAM , their third studio album and first full length in over four years.
Fueled by the Top 10 rock song “ Driving Rain ,” and its new live-action, animated video as well as the best critical acclaim of their career (see below) LIVING THE DREAM (out via Snakepit Records, in partnership with RoadRunner Records), has debuted with 10, Top 10 chart placements around the world. The album also hit #1 on the Top Hard Music Album chart , #3 on the Rock Chart , #9 on the Top Current Albums chart and #27 on the Top 200 chart. The first single “Driving Rain” jumped to #6 this week and climbing–marks the band’s 6 th consecutive Top 10 single at radio and SLASH’s fastest-rising single ever in his solo career yet. The band performed “Driving Rain” –which Rolling Stone described as delivering “bluesy riffs and solos throughout the blistering track” and Revolver hailed as “smoldering” –on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” HERE and another new song “Mind Your Manners” HERE . Purchase LIVING THE DREAM or stream the album here: https://roadrunnerrecords.lnk.to/livingthedream .
The group’s strongest collective statement to date, LIVING THE DREAM is the new full-length offering from the group which, in addition to SLASH and singer MYLES KENNEDY , also includes bassist TODD KERNS , drummer BRENT FITZ and rhythm guitarist FRANK SIDORIS .
From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener “Call of the Wild” to the wah-drenched funk rock of “Read Between the Lines,” the haunting majesty of “Lost Inside the Girl” to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket Seventies grooves of “Serve You Right,” to the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of “The Great Pretender,” LIVING THE DREAM packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks , all of it shot through with SLASH’s trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos .
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Check out a sampling of the top critical acclaim the band and LIVING THE DREAM have received, so far:
“[On the] bluesy new song, ‘Mind Your Manners, ’ from the group’s upcoming album Living the Dream . The guitarist alternates between ragged power chords and squealing solos throughout the song; on the chorus, Kennedy layers his voice into stacked harmonies .”
–Ryan Reed, ROLLING STONE (8/17/2018)
“ a dynamic, high octane 12-song collection titled Living The Dream . It’s a mix of straightforward, explosive riff-rockers (‘The Call Of The Wild,’ ‘Mind Your Manners,’ ‘Sugar Cane,’) and more epic and layered compositions (‘The Great Pretender,’ ‘The One You Love Is Gone,’ ‘Lost Inside the Girl’ ); further studded with all manner of slight stylistic diversions, from funky wah-drenched workouts (‘Read Between The Lines’) to swaggering, Seventies-style stomp rock (‘Serve You Right’) and hook-filled, soaring anthems (‘Boulevard of Broken Hearts’ and first single ‘Driving Rain’ ).”
–Rich Bienstock, GUITAR WORLD , cover story (November 2018)
“Living the Dream is arguably their best album yet . ‘Call of the Wild’ accomplishes exactly what you’d want out of an album opener, grabbing your attention with some start-stop guitar licks . It’s a standout amongst many on the album and a great way to kick things off. ‘Serve You Right’ keeps the energy level high , but more slinks along with Slash’s ’70s-vibe guitar playing. It’s a solid change of pace that leads into the chugging rocker ‘My Antidote’ and the album’s most infectious, rock radio single ‘Mind Your Manners.’ Living the Dream is filled with potential hits. ”
–Chad Childers , LOUDWIRE (9/20/2018 )
“ After eight years together Slash and Kennedy clearly have a musical bond and Slash, showing no rock star ego, let Kennedy and the band shine… . All told, the band played five new tracks — the aforementioned ‘ Mind Your Manners,’ The Call Of The Wild,” ‘Driving Rain, ‘My Antidote’ and ‘Serve You Right’ focusing on the fastest, harder-edged tracks from the Conspirators’ catalog . The rest of the set included material from his Slash’s first solo album as well as the Conspirators’ World On Fire. The night’s one GNR track, ‘Rocket Queen,’ electrified the venue as Kennedy more than held his own on the higher octaves.”
–Steve Baltin, VARIETY , live review, Los Angeles (9/15/201 8)
“ Opening with ‘Avalon’, the band shot out of the gate , seemingly on a mission to play as many songs as their two-hour set allowed. “Serve You Right” stood out for its raw sound, as the band delivered it with an energy that is only possible when a song is still new to a group. When bassist Todd Kerns takes over lead vocals on the Slash/Lemmy song “Doctor Alibi”, the band is able to show a different musical side . The song’s loose, almost punk, vibe is a nice shift in the set. And with each record and tour this band continues to show the world that there’s an audience ready and willing to accept new music, as long as it’s delivered honestly and consistently. Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are more than happy deliver the goods .”
— CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND , live review, New York, (October 1, 2018)
“It’s a statement that the man himself has lost none of his artistic spirit, his creative drive and, even in cleaner 50s, his famed rock & roll ‘tude; its evidence that this group of musicians have evolved into a finely tuned machine ; and it just might be the best full-length record that Slash has been involved with since the Use Your Illusions in ’91 . …” there’s a genuine hunger, a raw energy on display on this album … [‘The Call Of The Wild’ is] proof he’s chomping at the bit, even now, to create snarling, hard-hitting rock & roll .”
–Brett Callwood, LA WEEKLY , cover story (9/13/2018)
“’The Call of the Wild’ blasts things off in spectacular fashion , while ‘ Mind Your Manners’ and
Driving Rain’ feature the kind of unrelenting boogie rock’n’roll that would make the perfect accompaniment to a bar-room brawl . … fast, fun, filled with tasty licks and imbued with its own brand of denim-clad authenticity.”
— Will Hodgkinson , THE TIMES (9/21/2018 )
“On ’My Antidote’ from the upcoming collaborative record, Living the Dream , a staccato rhythm section and clean vocals lay the groundwork for Slash’s soloing to take front and center per usual, and the resulting product is off-kilter funk-rock with a soaring chorus perfectly tailored for modern hard-rock radio.”
–Kelsey Chapstick, REVOLVER (9/17/2018)
“ ’Mind Your Manners’ slithers and slides, a dirty boogie … ’Driving Rain’ opens in similar fashion, providing an intangible thrill, before slipping into a strangely attractive kind of southern rock-cum-funk .”
–Michael Hann, THE GUARDIAN (9/21/2018)
“ Living the Dream is a collection of beautifully-crafted songs . … Grabs you by the scruff of the neck, pins you against the wall and demands your attention .”
– FIREWORKS MAGAZINE (October 2018)
“Living the Dream is a ride as wild as the life of the man himself.”
– TOTAL GUITAR (4.5/5, October 2018)
Ab out 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 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fam e . SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album , Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie , Myles Kennedy and more. Shortly after, he formed his current band SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS –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 for over four years . SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart debuting at #4 as the top rock album . Apocalyptic Love has the added distinction of spawning SLASH’s first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits : “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from SLASHfiction, his film/TV production company specializing in the horror genre. He is currently working on a new film project. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS unleashed their second album World On Fire to worldwide praise garnering SLASH some of the best critical acclaim of his career. World On Fire achieved over 12, Top Ten chart debuts around the world . The album’s title track, first single “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 ongoing “ Not In This Lifetime Tour” which Billboard now ranks as the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time .