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Slash Revisits "Paradise City" With Fergie, Cypress Hill

November 11, 2009 4:26 PM ET

The first taste of Slash's solo project has some fans losing their appetite for destruction. Yesterday the Velvet Revolver guitarist released a Japan-only two-song single featuring Cypress Hill and the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie on a WTF version of the Guns n' Roses classic "Paradise City." That bizarre (albeit rocking) song and the single's A side, "Sahara" — a collaboration with Koshi Inaba — quickly appeared on YouTube by day's end.

"Until now, not too many people have heard Fergie sing rock & roll but she sings it better than most dudes I know. She's a screamer at heart," Slash wrote on his Twitter yesterday. This isn't the first time the Duchess has attempted to out-Axl Axl Rose. Back in July 2008, Fergie and Slash performed "Sweet Child o' Mine" together on several occasions. Fans turned off by the "Paradise City" remake needn't worry: "This Japanese release will not be on my record in the West, which is all new original material," Slash tweeted.

Check out photos of Velvet Revolver and other awesome supergroups

According to Blabbermouth, the Slash & Friends disc will be out in March 2010 and the first single will feature Ozzy Osbourne. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl, Chris Cornell, Alice Cooper, Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy, Flea and every Gn'R member besides Axl are all among Slash's friends. While Lemmy and Kid Rock have since been added to Slash's roster, the top-hatted guitarist couldn't lure Jack White to join the project. Slash will also appear on Rihanna's Rated R on the song "Rockstar 101."

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