Leslie West confirms next solo album
Leslie West will release new solo album Still Climbing on October 28, he’s confirmed.
The 11-track record features guest appearances by Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Johnny Winter, Jonny Lang and Dylan Rose.
Mountain co-founder West views it as a sequel to his previous outing, Unusual Suspects, which included tracks laid down by Slash, Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa and Billy Gibbons.
But he admits he had to overcome a struggle to keep going after losing half of his right leg as a result of an infection contracted on the way to a Mountain concert in 2011.
West says: “It was difficult. After the amputation I didn’t know whether I’d ever want to – or be able to – perform again. A month later I played in New York City; I heard my guitar on stage and that was it. I knew I had to keep going.”
He reflects: “I’m lucky it wasn’t one of my hands or I’d be screwed.”
He’s also given up smoking after suffering bladder cancer, which inspired him to explore the themes of survival and triumph on the album. He says: “Not only am I lucky to be here, but because I stopped smoking my voice is now stronger than it’s ever been – as strong as my guitar playing.
“I like to joke that the older I get the better I used to be – but after giving up drugs and smoking, my voice can hit notes that I never could reach before. I’m thankful for that.”
Still Climbing will be released via Provogue Records.
01. Dyin’ Since The Day I Was Born (with Mark Tremonti)
02. Busted, Disgusted or Dead (with Johnny Winter)
03. Fade Into You
04. Not Over You At All
05. Tales Of Woe
06. Feeling Good (with Dee Snider)
07. Hatfield or McCoy
08. When A Man Loves A Woman (with Jonny Lang)
09. Long Red
10. Don’t Ever Let Me Go (with Dylan Rose)
11. Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over The Rainbow)
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