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SLASH – Ultimate Cover Contest Starts Today


SLASH has partnered with Guitar World in search of the ultimate cover artist. Starting today, Wednesday, March 13th, musicians can upload a YouTube video of themselves performing Slash’s new single, ‘Anastasia’, using the interactive guitar tab feature found here, and email the link to SlashSignedGuitar@gmail.com.

The live video and interactive guitar tabs for the song were created by RealNetworks/Invu and enable fans to watch Slash perform ‘Anastasia’ live for inspiration. Guitar World magazine editors will choose the Top 5 contestants and the winner will be selected by Slash. The winning video will receive a guitar from Epiphone/Gibson signed by Slash.

For more details, visit Guitar World online here.

For videos to be eligible, the following contest guidelines must be followed:

– Video must be titled: “Slash – Anastasia (Cover Contest)”.
– All entries must perform Slash’s new single ‘Anastasia’ only, upload their performance using the interactive guitar tab and email the link.
– All entries must be a minimum of at least 30 seconds, but it is not necessary to perform the entire song.
– All entries must be uploaded from March 13th through March 20th. The winner will be contacted through a direct YouTube message and the signed guitar will be delivered by April 30th.

Once in a while an authentic and organic collaboration between artists and brands comes along. After introducing his first two music apps last year, Grammy-winning, iconic guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Slash got a call from Rovio, the creator of the popular mobile game Angry Birds.

A longtime fan of the game since it debuted, Slash and Angry Birds Space have partnered to create the SlashBird character, a theme song performed by Slash and a ringtone.

Click here to experience Slashbird, the exclusive ringtone and t-shirt (see photo below).

Watch the Slashbird trailer below:

Check out Slash’s exclusive Q&A with Mashable, regarding artists and music/tech partnerships, at this location.

“We’re huge Slash fans, and Slash is a huge Angry Birds fan, so this was just an ideal match,” explains Philip Hickey Vice President, Marketing at Rovio. “It all happened very organically and was just a lot of fun on both sides. Our fans will love the track! Slash rocked the Angry Birds Space theme like only he could!”

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently embarked on their world tour in support of their studio album, Apocalyptic Love. It spawned Slash two first-ever #1 rock radio hits with ‘You’re A Lie’ and ‘Standing In The Sun’. Meanwhile, the album’s third single ‘Anastasia”’is on track to break the Top 25 at Active Rock next week. The album was produced by Eric Valentine, who did the same honors for his first solo disc Slash, and all the songs on Apocalyptic Love were written together by Slash and Myles Kennedy.

BLACK SABBATH In The Studio: TONY IOMMI ‘Wouldn’t Let His Illness Interfere With This Album’

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler said in a new interview with Guitar World magazine that “13”, the band’s new album — the first in 35 years to feature Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne — is also the first that the original members of the band have made while completely sober. Butler explained, “This was a million times better than that last album, where everyone was coked out of their brains!” Added singer Ozzy Osbourne, “[1978’s] ‘Never Say Die!’ should have been called, ‘We Should Be Fucking Dead!’

SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma at the end of 2011. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. Production on “13” stopped while Iommi began chemotherapy, but it wasn’t long before he requested the band move operations from producer Rick Rubin‘s Shangri-La studio in Malibu, California to England so he could work on material between treatment sessions.

Tony‘s the kind of bloke that doesn’t want to let us down,” Butler told Guitar World. “He wouldn’t let his illness interfere with this album. He wanted to get it done.”

Iommi‘s illness was not the only setback to befall BLACK SABBATH during the creation of “13”. Despite spending a year writing with the band, drummer Bill Ward opted out of the reunion in early 2012 over some well-publicized contractual disagreements. After much fan speculation regarding Ward‘s replacement, it was finally revealed this January that Brad Wilk — best known for his work with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE — had been brought in by Rubin to handle the album’s drum duties.

“We’d have loved to have Bill on the album,” Butler said. “But suddenly something came up. I went to Hawaii when Tony started his treatment, and when l came back, Bill wasn’t in the band anymore.”

“The only sad thing is that Bill couldn’t keep it together,” Osbourne told Revolver magazine. “It would have been great to have Bill with us. I’ve never understood the business side of this. I don’t choose to go there. My wife does that for me, and Geezer‘s wife is his manager, and Tony‘s got his manager. So, I keep my nose out of it. But they couldn’t come to an agreement with him. I mean, I still love him, and I wish him well, but…”

Although the band was skeptical at first about enlisting Wilk to lay down the drum tracks on “13”, he proved up to the task.

“I was really surprised,” Butler told Guitar World. “He had that Bill Ward kind of jazzy swing feel, rather than heavy metal bashing.”

The new BLACK SABBATH album — the band’s 19th overall — is due out in June. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include three seven-plus-minute behemoths “End Of The Beginning”, “God Is Dead” and “Epic”, as well as a track about killing pedophile priests (“Dear Father”) and another about the scourge of methamphetamine addiction (“Methademic”).

BLACK SABBATH last month released a behind-the-scenes video online that takes viewers into the studio for a glimpse of the making of “13”. All three original members seem enthusiastic about finally working together again after 35 years, with Iommi saying about the album, “You can’t always repeat what you’ve done, you’ve just got to go on. It’ll be today’s version of how it was 40 years ago, I suppose.”

Elsewhere in the video, Ozzy said, “This BLACK SABBATH album is quite possibly the most important album of my career,” while Butler added, “We’ll probably all be dead soon, so while we still can play and sing, then we’ve got to do it.”