SLASH And BILLY IDOL Join DEREK SHERINIAN For 'In The Summertime' Video - July 5, 2006

 

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash and Billy Idol are featured in keyboardist Derek Sherinian's (ex-DREAM THEATER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) first video off his new album, "Blood of the Snake" — a cover of MUNGO JERRY's "In the Summertime".

Shot on location in Los Angeles with director Chad Michael Ward of Digital Apocalypse Studios, "In the Summertime" captures the loose, happy-go-lucky spirit of the original, while getting an injection of Idol's gritty vocals and Slash's always sweet blues licks.

Capitalizing on Ward's penchant for creating a dark atmosphere, "In the Summertime" portrays the song in a different, but ultimately resounding light.

"The concept was very basic — five guys in a rehearsal room playing the song with some hot chicks hanging around," explains Sherinian. "It was very cool to see Billy and Slash together for the video. Everyone had a great time at the shoot."

Check out pictures from the video shoot at this location.

On an album filled with guests ranging from Zakk Wylde to Yngwie Malmsteen, Sherinian's "Blood of the Snake" is yet another brilliant release from Sherinian into the combined worlds of fusion, prog, and metal. For Sherinian, the pleasure of doing "In the Summertime" was all his.

"'In The Summertime' was my favorite song when I was 3," acknowledges Sherinian. "Billy started singing it one day at soundcheck, and we started jamming on it. We agreed it would be a great song to cover one day. Slash was the perfect guitarist for this track. I think that 'In the Summertime' is a great, timeless song. The timing is perfect to do a remake, and the combination of Billy and Slash is very cool."

Look for "In the Summertime" to hit major video outlets soon.

"Blood of the Snake" is scheduled for release on August 1 via InsideOut Music.