|Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash will make his first foray into video game music on an upcoming EA Sports NASCAR game, due later this year. "There will be theme music," he tells Billboard.com. "No words or anything like that, because there is dialogue all the way through. This will be background music for the whole game."
"I've never been a video game guy, but they sent me their last NASCAR game and I had to learn how to use it," he continues. "It's not unlike doing pinball machines, which I did back in the Guns [N' Roses] days. You have different modes you go into, depending on what you do, and the music changes."
As previously reported, Velvet Revolver begins a new round of North American dates Saturday (March 19) in Phoenix.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Slash is at #6 on the poll of "Riff Lords" — best metal guitarists — in Metal Hammer magazine's March 2005 issue.
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is at #1.
The Top Ten (of the 50 listed) are:
01. Tony Iommi
02. Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers (Iron Maiden)
03. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
04. Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield (Metallica)
05. Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
06. Slash (Velvet Revolver / Guns N' Roses)
07. Daron Malakian (System Of A Down)
08. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (Slayer)
09. Marten Nagstrom and Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah)
10. Edward Van Halen (Van Halen)