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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators release ‘Driving Rain’

Myles Kennedy, left, and Slash perform in concert during the MMRBQ Music Festival 2015 at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Camden, New Jersey. (Owen Sweeney / Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Myles Kennedy, left, and Slash perform in concert during the MMRBQ Music Festival 2015 at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Camden, New Jersey. (Owen Sweeney / Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

When he’s not fronting Alter Bridge or touring in support of his solo album “Year of the Tiger,” Spokane’s Myles Kennedy can often be found onstage next to Gun N’ Roses guitarist Slash, performing as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

Kennedy rolled through Spokane in May for a sold-out solo show, but come this fall he’ll be back on the road with Slash and the Conspirators crew to promote the bands upcoming album “Living the Dream,” which includes the recently released single “Driving Rain.”

The song started to take shape after Slash played the riff for the band while on tour in New Hampshire supporting 2014’s “World on Fire.”

“It’s a cool guitar part we ran through, and from that point forward the rest of the song started to come together in my mind while on the road,” Slash said in a statement. “We put it all together this year and Myles came up with a great melody for it.”

Kennedy said he was intrigued by the riff, which he described as “reminiscent of vintage Aerosmith.”

“It’s got a certain funk to it that’s compelling,” he said. “Lyrically, it’s a story about somebody who works on the road – it could be a musician, and it could be a traveling salesman. What makes it interesting is this guy has an addict girlfriend or spouse who continues to relapse, and she ends up getting him to come home. She’s miserable and falls back into bad old habits, and that compels him to head back to her to save the day.”

“Living the Dream,” Slash’s fourth solo album and the third to feature Kennedy and the Conspirators, is due Sept. 21. The band will hit the road for a month-long tour in support of the tour starting on Sept. 13 in Los Angeles.

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