Slash’s Previously Unreleased Track With Chester Bennington Surfaces
Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators in Sydney, 2012 - Moshcam / Youtube
In a surprise turn of events, a demo version of the song “Crazy” by iconic Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, featuring the late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, has finally surfaced online. The demo, streamed during a recent episode of the Appetite for Distortion podcast by producer Big Chris Flores, is a musical treasure for fans and enthusiasts alike.
The track “Crazy” not only boasts the guitar prowess of Slash but also showcases the talents of King’s X bassist Doug Pinnick and drummer Matt Star (Mr. Big).
The collaborative effort would later transform into “Doctor Alibi,” featuring the legendary Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, ultimately finding its place on Slash’s debut solo album in 2010.
The unveiling of this demo brings a unique opportunity for fans to appreciate the evolution of a song and the collaborative spirit that goes into crafting musical masterpieces. The chemistry between Slash and Bennington, along with the additional contributions from Pinnick and Star, adds a layer of depth to the music that transcends time.
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While “Crazy” found its metamorphosis into “Doctor Alibi” with Lemmy’s distinctive vocals, the demo version with Chester Bennington offers a glimpse into the creative process and the various artistic possibilities explored before finalizing a track.
In a heartening development, it is reported by Blabbermouth that the demo will receive an official release to benefit 320 Changes Direction, a mental health awareness organization initiated by Chester Bennington’s widow, Talinda Bennington. This move not only honors the artistic legacy of the late Chester Bennington but also contributes to a cause that advocates for mental health awareness and support.
As fans eagerly embrace the rediscovery of “Crazy,” the demo serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring impact that musicians like Chester Bennington and Slash have had on the world of rock. Their collaboration, though previously hidden, now stands as a testament to the timeless nature of music and the connections it fosters. Stay tuned for more updates on the official release of the demo, as the musical journey continues to unfold.