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Jack White Turned Down Slash's Request to Sing on Solo Album

November 5, 2009 10:07 AM ET

Slash has recruited an impressive roster of guest musicians to appear on Slash & Friends, the Velvet Revolver guitarist's 2010 solo album. Pals like Dave Grohl, Flea, Chris Cornell, the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger and pretty much every Guns n' Roses member not named Axl Rose will make appearances on the LP. However, Slash revealed that one guy he really wanted to work with rebuffed him: The White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather's Jack White.

"I wanted to get Jack White to sing on something, but he didn't want to sing," Slash told Musicradar.com. "He said 'I'll play drums, I'll play guitar, but I don't wanna sing.' He was one guy that I wanted to work with. Pretty much everyone else that I went after I managed to get."

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While White opted out, Slash was reportedly able to recruit another of Michigan's most musical native sons, Iggy Pop, plus artists like Fergie, Cypress Hill, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Meat Loaf and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Slash also found time in his busy schedule to appear on someone else's album, contributing guitar to Rihanna's "Rockstar 101" on Rated R.

According to Slash's Twitter, the guitarist recorded the final track for his solo album yesterday and Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy handled vocals. "Record will be completely done this month," Slash promises. In addition to a November 16th appearance on the new Lopez Tonight, Slash & Friends will perform at a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Youth Nation at Hollywood's Avalon Theater on November 22nd. Slash's friends that night will include Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Dave Navarro and Travis Barker.

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