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SLASH's Blues Ball

After leaving Guns N'Roses, SLASH wasn't sure if the departure would be short term, long term or permanent. A lot would depend on the mood of Axl Rose and what he might offer his lead guitarist to return (if indeed he were to offer anything). SLASH always has to be busy, so he formed yet another new band. This band would go out on short tours and play cover songs, so they could be busy right away. The band SLASH started was called SLASH's Blues Ball, the same group that had accompanied him to the Sziget Festival on Obuda Island in Budapest, Hungary in 1995. They played before 206,000 visitors along with Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Stone Roses, Prodigy and others. And they blew them all away! SLASH decided this was going to be HIS band for the near future. SLASH's Blues Ball was: SLASH on lead guitar,Teddy Andreadis on lead vocals, harmonica, organ, Johnny Griparic on bass, Alvino Bennet on drums, Bobby Schneck on rhythm guitar, and Dave McClarem on sax. Teddy Andreadis may be familiar for his showstopping harp work on the GNR Illusions tour and on the Believe in Me tour with Duff McKagan. A very talented musician!

The band did blues cover songs such as Stone Free, Hootchie Cootchie Man, Suspicious, etc. Covering Snakepit songs and the Dylan song "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" are especially popular. There was a short East Coast tour, and one on the West Coast. Then Texas received some attention along with Louisiana and Nevada. Some big cities in the Northeast were next. Check the tour schedule to see where they performed and when. But at all their gigs, fans reported that SLASH and Blues Ball rocked the house, and SLASH was great for spending time with the fans before and after the show.

Despite some possible plans that SLASH talked about, SLASH's Blues Ball never released an album. Lots of fans didn't get to shows that were distant. For those fans who heard them and those who didn't, here are some audio clips from Blues Ball's show at Tramp's in New York City on 12/5/97. There are three songs each in wav format for you to listen to.

The first song clip is from "Hoochie Coochie Man"! Click on the small SLASH picture below to download and play this clip:

(WAV format,1K)

The next song clip is SLASH's Blues Ball playing "Bad Luck"! This is a great cover of this song. Click on the SLASH picture below to play this in wav format:

(WAV format,3.4Meg)

The last Blues Ball clip from Tramp's in New York City is one of their favorites, "Key to the Highway". All the clips came from a boot video of the band, so there are some more songs that will added as time goes on. For now, settle back and listen to our man SLASH do "Key to the Highway" with his great band, Blues Ball! Click on the SLASH picture below to download and play - this is wav format:

(WAV format,3.4Meg)

Here is the tour schedule for SLASH's Blues Ball:

November 1996
20Brick by BrickSan Diego CA
21The Coach HouseSan Juan Capistrano
22House of BluesLos Angeles CA

December 1996
5Tramp'sNew York NY
6Mama Kin'sBoston MA
7Electric FactoryPhiladelphia PA (ticket giveaway-WYSP-FM)

January 1997
29The Edge NightclubPalo Alto CA
30The TrocaderoSan Francisco CA
31Galaxy TheatreSanta Ana CA

February 1997
1RoselandPortland OR
2Fenix UndergroundSeattle WA
6Electric BallroomTempe AZ
7Galaxy TheatreSanta Ana CA
8Ventura TheatreVentura CA

April 1997
4Varsity TheaterBaton Rouge LA
5LivestockTampa Bay FL(cancelled)
6Back RoomAustin TX
8White RabbitSan Antonio TX
10House of BluesNew Orleans LA
11Area 51Houston TX
12Caravan of DreamsDallas TX
14Cajun HousePhoenix AZ
15Hunt Ridge ClubLas Vegas NV
19Pink E'sLas Vegas NV

May 1997
10HarborView CenterBaltimore MD
23McInerny'sLos Angeles, CA
24House of BluesChicago IL (Ticket Contests Only)
28Mama KinsBoston MA (Sold Out)

June 1997
6The Fenix UndergroundSeattle WA
20, 21London Docklands ArenaLondon England

July 1997
1Pine Knob Music TheatreClarkston MI (6pm, Cheap Trick Headlines)
25Birch HillOld Bridge NJ (Rt.9 South) (Rattlebone Opens)
26Loon Mountainoutside Lincoln NH

August 1997
27Hollywood ColonadeHollywood CA
31Red Rocks AmpitheatreDenver CO (with Sammy Hagar)

October 1997
5Hollywood Bike Jam 97Hollywood CA (Paramount Back Lot)
31Cajun HousePhoenix AZ

November 1997
16ParadisoAmsterdam, Holland
31Cajun HousePhoenix AZ

January 1998
28Cajun HousePhoenix AZ (tentative)
31Roxy - NAMM ConventionLos Angeles CA (private)

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