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Brian Johnson joins Slash for blues cover of ‘Killing Floor’ & his vocals are on point

Plus Aerosmith's Steven Tyler jumped on harmonica.

Slash has dropped a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s 1964 song ‘Killing Floor,’ which features AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on vocals and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on harmonica.

The cover is the first single off Slash’s blues cover album Orgy of the Damned, which will feature a bunch of other artists such as Iggy Pop, Chris Stapleton, Billy Gibbons and more. 

The album will have 11 blues covers that will ‘shake up and revitalise blues classics with a stripped down, instinctive approach,’ as well as one Slash original. 

As for the cover of ‘Killing Floor,’ we reckon Brain Johnson’s vocals are sounding on point with the range he’s singing in really suiting his voice, Slash sounds great as always, and Steven Tyler killed the harmonica solo.

Speaking about the cover, Slash says: “‘Killing Floor’ is one of my favourite Howlin’ Wolf songs, but also one of the iconic blues riffs that turned me on as a young guitar player. I've always wanted to cover it in some capacity and this record was the perfect vehicle. But playing it with this band, and with Brian Johnson singing, it was an achievement I would never have imagined back then. Let alone Steven Tyler providing the harp,” as reported by Planet Radio.

Brian Johnson adds: "When Slash asked me to sing on ‘Killing Floor,’ I said yes immediately. It was one of the first songs I learned in my very first band, and when he played me the backing track it was a no-brainer, and Steven's harmonica is so bloody hot. 

“I had a ball with Slash in the studio, and I think we did this great old song justice. Rock on.”

Orgy of the Damned is set to be released on 17th May, and will celebrate “both well-known and largely undiscovered songs.

“Slash offers a nostalgic nod to the past while reinvigorating the songs with his inimitable guitar playing and the spirit of collaboration.”

Check out Slash’s Orgy of the Damned track-listing below: 

The Pusher feat. Chris Robinson
Crossroads feat. Gary Clark Jr.
Hoochie Coochie Man feat. Billy F Gibbons
Oh Well feat. Chris Stapleton
Key To The Highway feat. Dorothy
Awful Dream feat. Iggy Pop
Born Under A Bad Sign feat. Paul Rodgers
Papa Was A Rolling Stone feat. Demi Lovato
Killing Floor feat. Brian Johnson
Living For The City feat. Tash Neal
Stormy Monday feat. Beth Hart
Metal Chestnut

You can pre-order the forthcoming album here