Slash Discusses Unreleased Chester Bennington Collaboration
The track was set to appear on the guitarist's 2010 solo LP
Published Aug 20, 2018Back in 2010, Slash lined up a laundry list of vocalists to lend their talents to his self-titled debut solo album, which featured work from Fergie, Chris Cornell, Adam Levine, Ozzy Osbourne and more. Now, the legendary Guns N' Roses axeman has revealed that late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington could have appeared on the disc.
Speaking with Variety, Slash recalled how Bennington had recorded vocals for a track titled "Doctor Alibi." While the song itself does appear on the album, the vocals on the release were instead handled by Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister.
"When I was doing my first solo record, I worked with a lot of different people, some of whom, for whatever reason, didn't end up on the record. One was with Chester," Slash explained. "We did a song and Linkin Park at the time didn't allow it to happen, so I did it with Lemmy."
Slash revealed that the demo with Bennington was recently sent to him by an engineer, with the guitarist then passing it on to the singer's family. Slash added that the track "really speaks to [Chester's] state of mind," featuring lyrics like, "I went to see the doctor / He said you're pretty sick / You got some real bad habits / You'd better stop right quick."
As for whether the demo will ever see the light of day, Slash said that "it would be totally up" to Bennington's family. "It was really good. He was awesome. It would be fine with me if they wanted to [release] it," he added. "Musically it's basically the same as the Lemmy song, but the lyrics are really poignant."
Bennington died by suicide last July. He was 41.