Rock God Slash is currently out on the road with Guns N’ Roses on their Not in This Lifetime tour. There was a short break between Guns N’ Roses shows in New York City, and Slash took the time to head over to see the rehearsals for the School of Rock Broadway show. The video shot by Rolling Stone of this has now gone viral as Slash walked into the performance with his guitar and joined them as they played Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child ‘O Mine.”
In the video, Slash also jammed with the kids as they played “Paradise City” and took the time to talk to them and snap some photos. The young musicians seemed excited when Slash walked out and started playing with them but never missed a beat. The kicker was at the end when Bobbi MacKenzie, the singer, realized Slash was there after finishing up the song. Slash was impressed.
“It was really cool to meet such an enthusiastic and talented bunch of young rock ‘n’ rollers. They were great kids as well as players.”
Slash isn’t the only person to surprise the cast of the School of Rock Broadway show. Stevie Nicks surprised the kids, which was huge since she has a lot of songs in the performance. Jack Black also showed up as a surprise as well.
The School of Rock musical has been very successful on Broadway and will also hit London, according to the musical’s official website. The stage play is based on the film that starred Jack Black, and it has a new score written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical includes 12 original songs and three more taken from the original movie.
The School of Rock movie came out in 2003 and really helped the many official School of Rock Institutes gain popularity over the years. The first school opened in Philadelphia, but it is now a franchise that features over 180 schools worldwide. In 2013, over 10,000 kids had enrolled at a School of Rock school to learn how to play music and perform.
The coolest thing about the School of Rock is that the kids are taught how to play on stages, and they get the chance to play with real rock musicians along the way. Slash, Perry Farrell, Peter Frampton, Eddie Vedder, Alice Cooper, Ann Wilson, and more have performed with the kids in concert. Roger Waters even had kids from the School of Rock perform with him on his 2010 The Wall tour.
As for the School of Rock musical, it has also been successful, picking up four Tony nominations in 2016. They included nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Actor in a Musical for Alex Brightman, who plays Dewey Finn, the Jack Black character from the movie.
Slash went right back to the stage after his surprise visit to the School of Rock cast. The tour stops for his visit were back-to-back dates at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The next stop for Guns N’ Roses is at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Aug. 3, and the band will wrap up its North American tour on Aug. 22 in San Diego.
Slash and Guns N’ Roses will then play Latin America to finish their Not in this Lifetime tour. However, Loudwire reported that Guns N’ Roses production manager Dale “Opie” Skjerseth said that he had been told the Not in this Lifetime tour will stretch into 2017, meaning there are more dates lined up for Slash and the band.
Slash was one of the original members of Guns N’ Roses when they formed in 1985 and was with them through their greatest success before leaving the band after releasing The Spaghetti Incident. Slash has since developed his own solid solo career with Myles Kennedy before the Guns N’ Roses reunion this year.
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