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Slash Announces Headlining 2012 U.S. Tour Ahead of New Album Release

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Slash will hit the road this spring for a headlining U.S. tour to support his upcoming sophomore solo effort.

The ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s touring outfit — which is now dubbed as Slash With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators — are putting the finishing touches on the axeman’s second solo release, due May 22. While his first solo effort featured a wide array of guest vocalists including Kid Rock, M. Shadows, Ozzy Osbourne, and Chris Cornell, the new disc will feature just one — Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge.

Kennedy contributed vocals to two of the previous album’s tracks and served as Slash’s touring vocalist along with drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Todd Kearns. “It turned out to be a very cohesive collaboration,” Slash said of the group. “So after a year and a half of working with these guys on tour, I was like ‘Well if I do another record, I’ll just do it with these guys.’”

The upcoming album from Slash With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators hits stores on May 22 and will be preceded by a U.S. tour. Fans will have a chance to experience the new tracks live when the tour kicks off May 3 in Baltimore, Maryland, the limited run will come to a close just days after the album’s release in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Feb 17, but there is also a special fan pre-sale beginning on Wednesday, Feb 15.

Meanwhile, Slash will join Chris Cornell, Stevie Wonder and others this Saturday at the 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Slash 2012 U.S. Tour Dates:

05/03 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
05/05 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham Speedway
05/07 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
05/10 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live
05/12 – Kansas City, MO – Liberty Memorial Park
05/13 – Indianola, IA – National Balloon Classic Field
05/14 – Minneapolis, MN – The Brick
05/16 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
05/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
05/19 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew Stadium
05/20 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
05/25 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
05/26 – Albuquerque, NM – Route 66 Casino

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