Slash is putting on his do-gooder shoes and releasing a special video and song to raise awareness about the plague of homelessness on L.A.'s youth. Fans can make a contribution to the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) by downloading the track, which is a special mix of "Gotten", off Slash's 2010 debut solo disc, featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine on vocals.
As for the video, Slash recruited some big names for "Gotten", including the Amanda "AJ" Milchalka from "Super 8", Kristin Bauer from "True Blood", Clifton Collins Jr. from "Traffic", Jacob Vargas from "Next Friday" and "Traffic", Sevier Crespo from "Fast Lane" and Judd Nelson from "The Breakfast Club", among more. Watch the video, which was shot in Los Angeles, below.
LAYN helps over 10,000 runaway and homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles every night. The organization's goal is to "keep these often neglected, abused and homeless youth off the street and provide them with the basic necessities of life such as safety, food, shelter, counseling and supportive services," according to an official statement.
To donate directly to the LAYN, visit the organization's site. To watch, donate and download, head to Slash's official website.
Switching gears to guitars, in an interview with Gibson.com, Slash explained his affinity for Goldtops. "It all started with a 1991 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop," he said. "As soon as I played it I realized how well rounded the Goldtops really are. They're just great rock and roll guitars, and they're even better for all the bluesy stuff. They're very flexible and solid. So I used that '91 Les Paul Goldtop for all these really key songs in our set, especially those that had those really long sustaining note solos... songs like 'November Rain', 'Estranged', 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' and 'So Fine'."
Thanks for the report to Anne Erickson, Gibson.com.