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Myles Kennedy looked back on his first meeting with Slash and his amazement of his decade-plus working relationship with the guitar icon.

In an interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Kennedy said his first official meeting with Slash was for his 2010 self-titled solo album. Kennedy received the music for the song “Starlight,” on which he provided vocals.

“I wrote a lyric and melody for it and sent it back and he liked it so he flew me down not too long after that,” said Kennedy. “So the first time we met face to face was at a hotel in Hollywood somewhere and he came and picked me up to go to the studio to actually go record the track. Yeah, we hit it off. We made the tune happen in the studio and I remember he came back to the hotel and we talked about the possibility of maybe touring that next year. I knew that my schedule would be open at that point. It was just kind of baby steps, really.”

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Kennedy added, “If you would have told me that now, 11 or 12 years later we would still be playing together and still be talking and out there doing our thing, it would have been a pleasant surprise. It has all worked out.”

Kennedy also said there are “lots of songs in the can already” for a new album with Slash and their backing band The Conspirators. However, don’t expect those songs to be released any time soon and for good reason.

“I don’t think anybody wants to release music, and this goes for Alter Bridge too, until we know that we can go out there and promote it appropriately,” said Kennedy. “That was something I was concerned about with the solo record [‘The Ideas of March‘] too – how am I going to tour this? How am I going to promote it? The advantage I have is that I can always go out and do it as an acoustic artist and play smaller venues if need be, and approach it a little differently but when you’re playing with Slash or The Conspirators, or Alter Bridge, those are going to be bigger venues and it makes it trickier in the times we’re living in.

 

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