LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ MSO PR)
SLASH's second solo studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE has stormed onto the BillboardTop 200 Albums Chart at #4, marking the top rock debut this week. The disc is also #1 Independent Albums Chart and #1Hard Music
Albums Chart. In addition, APOCALYPTIC LOVE is exploding internationally as the album is also Top 5 in seven countries outside the U.S.: Canada (#2),Australia (#2), New Zealand (#1), Germany (#5), France (#7), Japan (#2), Sweden (#4) and Switzerland (#3).
The news comes as SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) also have the #4 spot at Active Rock with their single "You're A Lie."SLASH and his band are riding a wave of critical acclaim with a four-star review in Revolver
magazine noting: "Apocalyptic Love is at heart a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be blasted out of open-top sports cars or, more suitably, open-air stadiums" (July 2012); heavy exposure for the new single and striking video for "You're A Lie" (MTV, Fuse, MTV2 VH1); and rave reviews for their sold-out shows across the country and rock festival appearances this month. While in New York the band performed an epic version of "You're A Lie" on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (May 21). Watch the performance here: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/blogs/2012/05/slash-with-myles-kennedy-the-conspirators-perform-youre-a-lie/.
Last night (May 29), SLASH joined Ozzy Osbourne
onstage for his Ozzy & Friends
tour in Bergen, Norway, for the first of 10 dates before joining his band, SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for sold-out shows across Europe. The group will return to North America for a headlining run set to kick off in Portland, OR on July 12. Stay tuned for more SLASH touring news.
All songs on APOCALYPTIC LOVE (Dik Hayd International, distributed through EMI Label Services) were written together by SLASH and Myles Kennedy.
Here are a few critical soundbites about APOCALYPTIC LOVE:
"Apocalyptic Love is at heart a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be blasted out of open-top sports cars or, more suitably, open-air stadiums."
-Rich Bienstock, REVOLVER (four out-of-five star CD review, July 2012)
"Fans of his work in GNR and Velvet Revolver
will find much to embrace in the album's 13 tracks, ranging from the sneering rock hooks of 'You're a Lie' and the heavy metal grind of 'Halo' to the extended instrumental passages on 'Anastasia.'"
-Steve Appleford, LOS ANGELES TIMES (May 24, 2012)
"Recorded with backing group Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, the album is filled with head bangers and plenty of fancy fretwork, most notably on standout tracks like 'Hard and Fast' and 'Standing in the Sun.'"
-Mike Spinella, ROLLINGSTONE.com (May 20, 2012)
"Not many could slip a smoky blues-rock solo into a galloping punk-ish tune, but Slash
pulls it off on "One Last Thrill." "Anastasia" moves from a classical arrangement to a gale-force rock tune. 'Apocalyptic Love' airs Slash's sleazy gutter blues, grandiose solos, and scrappy riffing."
-Scott McLennan, BOSTON GLOBE (May 22, 2012)
"Slash is very much grounded in his own present and future. Exhibit A is his new record Apocalyptic Love, a raging, full-realized collection of full tilt rock and roll."
-Rich Bienstock, GUITAR WORLD (July, 2012)
"…13 cuts that slam and sting. On "Apocalyptic Love," "One Last Thrill," "Halo" and "Anastasia," to name a few, Slash's six-string wails, the rhythm section pumps and Kennedy roars. Tune up those air guitars."
Tarradell, DALLAS MORNING NEWS (May 23, 2012)
"What makes this disc so appealing is the sheer diversity of it. Proving his true jack-of-all-trades abilities, the songs range from straight-up rockers to bluesy infused tunes to even the softer side of Slash
with classical and cinematic elements - all in all, a well-rounded offering proving that he's no one-trick pony… it's nice to see a return to rock at its purest form- letting the music speak for itself. On Apocalyptic Love, which has already yielded the hit single'You're a Lie,' it's plain to hear that Slash
is speaking louder than ever."
- Mary Ouellette , LOUDWIRE.COM (four stars, May 23, 2012)
European Tour Dates: June 6-June 25
Headlining Tour w/ Monster Truck supporting
Thu 7/12 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Fri 7/13 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Sat 7/14 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth
Mon 7/16 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee
Tue 7/17 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee
Thu 7/19 Medicine Hat, AB Esplanade Arts & Heritage Center
Fri 7/20 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
Sat 7/21 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings
Theatre Perf Arts
Mon 7/23 Thunder
Bay, ON Thunder
Bay Community Auditorium
Wed 7/25 Belleville, ON Empire Square
Thu 7/26 London, ON Harris Park - Rock the Park
Fri 7/27 Montreal, QC Olympia Theater
Sun 7/29 Quebec City, QC Agora de Quebec
Mon 7/30 Moncton, NB Centre - Casino Moncton
Tue 7/31 Halifax, NS Cunard Events Centre
Thu 8/2 Boston, MA House of Blues
Fri 8/3 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
Sat 8/4 Huntington, NY The Paramount