Real to Reel – Episode 1, presented by Ernie Ball

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Multi-segment digital series featuring weekly studio updates with


Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators debuts

Ernie Ball, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of guitar strings and musical instrument accessories, is proud to launch a new digital series with the Grammy-winning, iconic guitaristand Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Slash and his band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The innovative online series, titled ‘Real to Reel with Slash,’ documents the entire in-studio recording process of the iconic artist’s forthcoming third solo album, along with world-renowned music collaborators Myles Kennedy, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz, returning to the studio for a third time.

From the first day of recording to the last, the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series will follow Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record the new album from start to finish. A new episode clip will be featured on the site for fans every week starting February 25.

Each clip will showcase a behind-the-scenes sneak peek inside the recording sessions, giving fans unprecedented exclusive access to some of the world’s most legendary musicians. The segments will give viewers up-to-date, virtually real-time progress on the recording journey each week, along with commentary from the band members, gear talk, and more.

“We’re incredibly excited to give music fans an inside look into the recording process of one of the most anticipated Rock albums of the year!” said Brian Ball, Vice President of Ernie Ball Inc.

Both Slash and Kennedy emphasize that creatively, it is was crucial for them to bring the recording process back to basics, keeping it simple by capturing the essence of a classic rock band utilizing the often forgotten art form of recording to two-inch analog tape.

“I love the process of recording live in the studio and the sound of a rock n roll band recorded on 2″ tape as opposed to digital,” explains Slash. “I thought it would be cool to show some footage of us doing exactly that.”

Slash landed on the top of the charts with his first true solo album, Slash (2010) which featured guests Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. In 2012, SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed album Apocalyptic Love–which earned Slash his two first-ever #1 rock radio hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun”—that stormed onto the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4,marking the top rock debut for that week. Slash and his band are currently in the studio with producer Elvis Baskette working on a new album to be released in the fall of 2014.

Fans can tune in to the first episode of ‘Real to Reel with Slash, Presented by Ernie Ball’ on February 25, 6:30am PST at:


About Ernie Ball:

Ernie Ball was the first to offer rock strings with the creation of Slinkys®, the iconic light gauge electric guitar strings that are widely revered by hundreds of guitar greats, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, The Edge and John Mayer.  Ernie Ball further revolutionized the market by offering guitarists Custom-Gauge single strings.  With its founder’s dedication to preserving the musician’s playing experience and delivering superior sound quality through the development of new products, the family-run company has been on a continued pursuit of innovation. Throughout the last decade, Ernie Ball has built on this foundation to develop strings that are uniquely superior and different, and as a result created Cobalt and M-Steel Strings.


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Slashathon, an artist-focused hackathon








BRAM COHEN(BitTorrent) AND BEN PARR (DominateFund)



The Grammy-winning, iconic guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist SLASH is heading to music week in Austin during SXSW 2014 to launch SLASHATHON, the first-ever artist-focused hackathon. Powered by Geeklist,  SLASHATHON is a hackathon where developers create applications and technology within a 12-hour period. The music-oriented SLASHATHON will offer developers a unique challenge to create solutions for artists to engage their communities for an album release. SLASHATHON will take place Wednesday, March 12 at Capital Factory (701 Brazos St., STE 1601, Austin, TX).


The SLASHATHON GRAND PRIZE includes a Gibson guitar autographed by SLASH, $1,000 dollars, AND the opportunity to have SLASH use the winning hack with the release of his new album, coming out in late 2014. The judges for SLASHATHON will be SLASH himself, Bram Cohen, Chief Scientist & Founder of BitTorrent, and Ben Parr, Co-founder & Managing Partner, DominateFund.


REGISTER FOR THE SLASHATHON AT: WWW.SLASHATHON.COM. *SXSW badges are not required to participate. APIs available to developers to build with include Aviary, Dolby, Leap Motion, Gimbal, Raspberry Pi,, Elasticsearch, Mad Mimi, Yellow API and Lob., and Geeklist will provide mentorship for all participants.



Wednesday, March 12

@ Capital Factory, Austin

8:30 AM: Registration

9:00 AM: API presentations

10:00 AM: Hacking begins

1:30 PM: Lunch

7:00 PM: Presentations

8:30: Awards



A pioneer in blending tech and music, SLASH launched his first two music apps “Slash360” and “Slash AmpliTube” to promote the Apocalyptic Love album (2012) featuring his band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The critically acclaimed album Apocalyptic Love earned SLASH his two first-ever #1 rock radio hits“You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun–and stormed onto the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4, marking the top rock debut for that week. Last year, SLASH also partnered with the Swedish company Rovio–creator of the popular mobile game Angry Birds–to create a theme song for the “Angry Birds Space.”  SLASH and his band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently in the studio working on a new album to be released in the fall of 2014.

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PledgeMusic Campaign for the Nothing Left To Fear Soundtrack

“As a co-producer of both the motion picture Nothing Left To Fear and the soundtrack to the film, I’ve been heavily involved in every step of the creation of both the film and the score. I’ve decided to make this soundtrack exclusively available on PledgeMusic as a way to gain a more personal interaction with you guys, the fans. I am a huge fan of horror films ever since i was a little kid in England, and now I’m excited to share the process of what goes into creating projects like this.

Anyone who pledges will not only have access to behind the scenes interviews, early looks at soundtrack art, and exclusive signed items, but you will also have access to a live chat where I’ll answer some of your questions about the film, the score, and everything that’s been happening along the way. As a bonus, we’re going to give you one song from the soundtrack as soon as you pledge.” – SLASH  iiii]; )’

The album will be available for pre-order exclusively at When fans pledge and pre-order the album, they will gain access to one-of-a-kind experiences with SLASH, as well as merchandise for the film.

For more information on all packages available, click


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Help Slash find an old friend…


A note from Slash:

“I’m trying to find a Les Paul that I used  back in the early 90′s. I’ve since lost track of it. It was an 1989/90 Gibson Goldtop, serial #70854. I always loved that guitar and would be interested in buying it back from whomever has it…. I’ll make it worth their while”

If you have any information on the location of this guitar, please email

Slash goldtop


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Slash X Ron English limited edition bust sculpture

The cover art for Slash’s first solo album was created by the one and only artist, Ron English, who has now re-created a fiberglass bust of that image. In collaboration with the prestigious Hong Kong sculpture house, Garage Works, the approximately 15″ tall English Slash bust is being released on April 8th, and there will only be 10 pieces available.

Sculptures will be available on April 8th starting at 12noon EST here:

Slash ron English

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“Anastasia” interactive video with guitar tabs

Check out the new interactive video player for “Anastasia” which includes guitar tabs for the entire song.

On top of that, Guitar World is running an Anastasia guitar cover contest where you can enter to win a guitar signed by Slash.  Click Here for more information on the contest:

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Slash and Angry Birds #slashbird

Click here to check out Mashable’s exclusive interview with Slash and be sure to check out the video interview below where Slash explains his involvement with the recent Angry Birds Space update


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New video for “Anastasia”

Check out the brand new video for the song “Anastasia”, featuring live footage from a few of the 2012 tour dates around the world

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So Long Sin City

Check out the song “So Long Sin City” that Slash composed with Mark Lanegan for the film, This Is Not A Movie (2011), directed by Olalla Rubio, and starring Edward Furlong, Peter Coyote, Miguel Ferrer, and more

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Grand prize winner of Guitar Center onstage: Mach22

Slash and Guitar Center are pleased to announce Philadelphia, PA based rock band MACH22 as the grand prize winner of the fourth installment of Guitar Center OnStage. One of 20 bands selected to open a stop on the 2012 Apocalyptic Love tour, MACH22 made their “OnStage” debut at the Showboat Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ in September.  Thousands entered for the chance to score these few, coveted opening gigs, hoping for the chance to eventually earn Guitar Center’s OnStage grand prize, but ultimately only one could win.  Now, after months of touring and much deliberation, MACH22 have been named the Grand Prize winners.

Guitar Center Onstage Grand Prize Package Includes:

  • $10k in guitars from Gibson and Epiphone
  • A $5k shopping spree at Guitar Center
  • New gear and products from Ernie Ball, Zoom, Dunlop, Monster Cable, Pro-Mark, Orange County Drums and Percussion, and Converse.
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