“We took the train to Hoboken with the vodka, a couple guitars and a bag of ice that was slowly melting. We got to the studio and we just did it”: Lenny Kravitz on how he finally collaborated with his high-school classmate Slash

Lenny Kravitz and Slash
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It’s January 1990, and Lenny Kravitz, having placed himself on the map with his debut album, Let Love Rule, is at the American Music Awards. Sat a few rows ahead of him is Slash, who he recognizes, but not just as the guitarist who wrote Appetite for Destruction

“Guns N’ Roses is sitting in front of me and I see this guy and I'm like, I know this guy,” Kravitz recently told Apple Music. “And I'm looking at him like, wait a minute... We went to high school together! And then we both realized, so we exchanged numbers.”

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.