Leslie West Prepares Album, Tour
Leslie West intends to carry on with the release of his new album and a subsequent tour, despite having the bottom half of his right leg amputated.
The album, Unusual Suspects, is due in mid-August, with guest appearances from Slash, Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Zakk Wylde and Joe Bonamassa. The tour is due to start in the autumn.
West told Billboard from a rehabilitation facility where he’s learning to adjust to his condition:
“I don’t think there is another attitude… I cried a couple fuckin’ times. I look down – ‘Where is it?!’ You still feel the nerves and stuff like that. I had to make a decision – lose my leg or lose my life. What are you gonna do?
“But I’ll tell you. It’s a good thing it wasn’t one of my arms. Then I’d be really fucked.”
The amputation was needed to stop a septic infection that started in West’s foot.
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