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Cute Alert: Slash Teams with Dora the Explorer

Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments20 Comments

I love me some Slash. The guy is all over the map when it comes to his career - and I mean that in a great way. He's creative to the enth degree and not afraid to take risks. He also uses his celebrity to help all sorts of charities and I love that - I mean, we should all give back but celebs can usually make a huge impact in whatever cause they approach. So what's Slash up to now? He's designing backpacks with Dora the Explorer. Well, sort of. Obviously, Dora the Explorer is a fictional character, but her brand is huge and kids love her. So, Slash is working with Dora to design a backpack for auction this summer. Television network Nickelodeon will hold the auction. Other celebs are involved too, including Shakira and Selma Hayek.

The backpacks will be auctioned in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

In America, proceeds will benefit the Children's Defense Fund.

Reader Comments (20)

... and people talk trash about axl rose. slash doesnt care who he works with. this guy has no integrity.i lost respect for this guy a long time ago.i dont blame axl for never wanting to work with him again.chinese democracy is far better than anything slash has done outside of guns n roses.
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbumblefootboy
Chinese Democracy isn't as bad as most people say, but it's not better than either of the Snakepit albums. I've been a huge Slash fan since AFD came out, but that doesn't mean I like *everything* he's done. That said, I don't see how anyone can trash him for doing something like this for charity. His name recognition will draw people in and will possibly help raise the bids in the auction. I don't see that as a bad thing (unless the organization was creepy like Planned Parenthood or Acorn).
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Sorry bumblefoot, maybe I've misunderstood... But how does doing something for charity demonstrate a lack of integrity?
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat
What the h*ll, bumblefootboy (nice name, bro. Good to see you back on here)?

Slash is cool, as much as I think he's a boring generic knock off hybrid amalgamation of Joe Perry and Jimmy Page when it comes to his guitar playing, he is still a talented musician and artist.

And I think this Doro thing is funny and but it's also awesome, as it's for a good cause.

Al is right. He is all over the lot and is not worried about his profile.

And it seems like he's livin' more in the moment these days, as we all should strive for, though I'm just speculating.

And he's into all kindsa stuff, like Al says.

I mean, c'mon, here's a guy that confessed in an interview with Rolling Stone several years ago that he's obsessed with The Food Network in general and "Iron Chef", specifically and has been known to watch the channel for hours on end in bed with his python. And he doesn't even cook!

He was probably asked to do this by someone he cares about and it's for charity!

So what's the big deal?

He ain't worried about his profile, dude, if that's related to your concern that he's sellin' out all the time. I don't think he's aiming to "sell out", he's just into doing a lot of different things.

Any selling out he was privy to in G'n'R or Velvet Revolver was probably not that intentional and just the result of him setting out to make some great Rock and Roll for all to enjoy and coming up short due appeasing fellow band members (Scott Weiland and Axl Rose) and the pressures from the record machine to always be turning in platinum.

I mean, is he really a sell out? I haven't seen to much of that and I'm someone who is obsessed with Television in general and Cable News specifically and about the only thing I ever saw him sell out on was G'n'R toward the end and the whole Velvet Revolver thing, which for me, seemed like such a borefest to begin with and I saw 'em twice.

Once was in Orlando and once in Tampa, point blank. Proof of how boring it was, they played Orlando first and Tampa just a few weeks later and the arena in Tampa was over half empty.

This whole Doro thing is out of left field.

Who cares? He doesn't. He just wants to do something for a good cause that seems like fun. And who knows, the bag probably looks really cool.

Like I said, he ain't worried about the profile, man.

And he's just in for something fun for a good cause, plain and simple.

And if that "Making Of" clip of his new album is any indication, he took some risks, as Al says he likes to take, and it's gonna pay off in spades.

I almost feel like his forthcoming album will be a kind of redemption for him, intentionally or not, and will kind of rectify the uninspired and "mailed in" stuff he did for over half of Use Your Illusion I & II and all of the Velvet Revolver stuff.

Kudos to Slash for all of his generosity toward the various charities he's involved in.

And to his spirit for being a little self depracating and just plain wanting to do something fun!
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Geez looking from time perspective Axl saved Guns N' Roses legacy, if Slash was in charge he would have GN'R collaborations with Paulina Rubio, Fergie, Vasco Rossi, whole line of GN'R clothes, GN'R on Idol, GN'R with Pussycat Dolls etc. I'm huge GN'R fan and fan of Slash but speaking truth Slash is sell-out Axl's words that Slash is "whore for limelight" are spot on. As a guitar player he is average and what is strange hasn't released anything better ( only guitar speaking) than stuff with GN'R and normally guitar players get better with age.....
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter
Slash's Snakepit was so boring I forgot about it already. Speaking of Limelight, I saw 'em at the old joint (an old church, actually, as I'm sure many of you all are aware) named that in NYC.

And I tried listening to both CD's when they came out back in the day and never made it through either of 'em awake.

But back on Slash at Limelight, which I actually had the privilege of experiencing twice when he was in town a couple times.

One of the coolest things I saw Slash do was jam with Bang Tango at Limelight when they played there...

But the best moment...

...was actually seeing what happened shortly before Bang Tango came on and the opening band was actually really lettin g loose...

When he joined this great New Jersey band on stage, I felt sure they was gonna get signed but unfortunately couldn't before the Pendleton Plaid Flannel Army came in...

Gin Gypsy

These guyz were killer. It was like watchin' Billy Gibbons had he gone Hair Metal instead of Beard Metal back in the day. I guess this was before Tango's "Dancing on Coals" so maybe that will help with the year. And I got to witness a little Rock and Roll History, too, though I've never seen one thing on 'em that captured anything quite like Slash and that guy just cranked up to 11 on stage.

Anyway, Gin Gypsy were kinda like a cross between AC/DC but also, just ever so slightly Southern Fried stuff, sorta ZZ Top meets AC/DC but even less rednecky.

"Ever so slightly" probably meaning the Jersey Shore but with Cowboy Boots bought on 8th Street.

Ever so Slightly Southern Sauteed might be the better words to describe their brand of non-BS straight up AC/DC meets Dicky Betts kinda sound.

The guitarist kinda looked like Angus, overlong Jagger haircut and all, but trading out the school boy outfit for a pair of jeans and a 2 dollar short sleeve dress shirt that his girlfriend probably bought him at Antique Boutique before anyone knew to call sumthin' like that shirt, "Vintage".

And this dude just cranked. I think Slash was so blown away by him, he just got out there unplanned and surprised those guys and they just tore the steeple off the place!

If anyone can tell me if they ever saw Gin Gypsy or know anything about 'em and where the original members might be, I would greatly appreciate it.
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Snakepit boring?!?!?! Metalboy, say it ain't so!!! LOL

As for Gin Gypsy, singer Kevin Blois put out an EP with his band Beljar ( http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/beljar ) in 2008. Adam Bronner was the bass player for Gin Gypsy, and he is now in the band Poois planning to release a full length album this spring. Matt Fass was (maybe still is?) working on a project called Logan ( http://www.myspace.com/logannyc ).
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Eh, i can live with Slash being all over the place but if he starts doing stuff in spanish with a little monkey following him around then i'm worried.

Slasher no Slashing! HA!
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
@JT (and everyone else)

This isn't a political website, but it is mine and I stand up for what I believe in...so please, refrain from calling Planned Parenthood "creepy." The organization is very important to me and millions of other women AND men. People have no idea the services Planned Parenthood provides to communities all across America.

Considering how much time (and money) I've given Planned Parenthood over the years, I just can't stand for the organization to be taken here in a bad light - especially when so-called "women's issues" are probably the thing I am most passionate about in this world.

- Allyson
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
i agree 100% with peter. slash would have ruined the guns n roses name.if it was up to slash, he would have the jonas brothers on a guns n roses cd.axl has kept guns n roses going with very talented musicians, far better than slash. the slash's snakepit cds are very boring.i seen him on their first tour and it was the most boring concert ive ever been to. half the venue left during their performance.
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbumblefootboy
Allyson,

I apologize.
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Bumblefootboy (or should I call ya Ron or Mr. Thal!) and Peter,
Exactly how many talented musicians has Axl burned through over the years? When push came to shove, where did Duff and Matt Sorum (yeah I know he isn't the original drummer) end up setting down the suit cases? While Slash is "whoring himself out" for publicity, Axl is punching photographers in airports (for publicity?)There's one common thread throughout this, and sooner or later it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes or Lieutenant Columbo to figure out that Axl, despite having a great voice, is pretty much a paranoid, psychopathic douche bag that can't get along with anybody.He took 20 years and about 75 band members to finally release a mediocre at best new Guns Disc.How is that saving their legacy?
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Metalboy,
Great anology about Slash being A Perry/Page hybrid.He doesn't really tread new water, but the man can write some big old, hook laden, rip your face off riffs!
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
gary, you can call me bumble, most people do. axl is a perfectionist and only wants to work with people who are perfectionists, something slash is not.his past performances can prove that.chinese democracy is not a mediocre cd, but if thats your opinion, you are entitled to it, this is america.axl could not have made chinese democracy with the old band, thats why he assembled the most talented musicians he could find.in my opinion, its a great cd.the best axl has ever done. i m not sure about the exact details involving the airport incident , so i wont comment on it.
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbumblefootboy
Yawn..
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlooksthatkill
Axl didn't punched photographer because he wanted publicity - he punched because he was pissed about him. That's rock n' roll if you ask me. Playing with Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, rappers, hip-hoopers, SA blonde starlets is selling out big, not to mention American Idol, commercials etc. Axl for majority of time is somwhere in his Malibu mansion not giving a fuck about publicity, he even refused to promote Chinese Democracy.
Axl burned some musicians ? Who ? Buckethead - great work on Chinese Democracy, they parted ways in friendly way ( Axl was wearing Buckethead t-shirt during recent tour) Finck ? Axl showed they Finck isn't just NIN touring member. Duff and Sorum ? Sorum is the worst drummer Guns N' Roses ever had - Brian runs circles over him & Adler had his style full of energy. Duff - one of the coolest guys ever but as a musician , songwriter and bass player Tommy Stinson is better.
March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter
Adam Bronner was the bass player of Gin Gypsy when exactly? During the band's height of popularity when they were signed to A&M records (1993), the bass player was Drew Stiles.
July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHB
@ metalboy
I loved Gin Gypsy too. I still have their unreleased A&M debut on cassette. The lineup at that time was:
Matt Fass - Drums
Zack - Guitar
Drew Stiles - Bass (writing music for films, tv)
Virgil Drescher - Guitar (Passed away in LA sometime in the late 90's)
Kevin Blois - Vocals

Gin Gypsy played their last performance around late 93 early 94 after it became clear that the A&M recording would not be released. Rumor was that their A&R rep had been fired, leaving the band unrepresented at the label. Zack formed his own band "the pride" with his sister on vocals. Drew Stiles and Virgil Drescher formed the band "Yummy", which seemed poised for success before the untimely death of Virgil. Matt Fass played drums for "Johnny Bravo" which released a record produced by Ric Ocasek on A&M
July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHB
@metalboy: Also, Zach's last name is Ziegler.
There was also a Phillip Rogers who recorded with the band around 1990.
July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHB
Kevin Blois is still writing and recording records, at this time he has put together 4 EP's and still performs in NYC...he has two records available on iTunes...under beljar....you can also keep up with him on his music webpage...
www.numberonemusic.com/kevinbloisbeljar
July 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentert

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