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Legendary MOUNTAIN Guitarist LESLIE WEST To Release Unusual Suspects Album In September; Guests Include SLASH, JOE BONAMASSA, ZAKK WYLDE, BILLY GIBBONS, STEVE LUKATHER

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Thursday, July 7, 2011 @ 10:33 AM


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Legendary guitarist and MOUNTAIN founder, LESLIE WEST, will release the new solo album, Unusual Suspects, on Monday September 19th. The album follows the recent news that West underwent life-saving surgery on June 17th, when his leg was amputated above the knee. While an ordeal such as this would surely deter other artists, West insisted on honouring the Unusual Suspects album release date in September.

Released by Provogue Records, Unusual Suspects features West performing alongside an all-star hand-picked line-up of the world's finest guitar players, including SLASH, blues-rock guitarist JOE BONAMASSA, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman and ex-OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist ZAKK WYLDE, ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons and TOTO's Steve Lukather. Unusual Suspects is West's first album since 2006's Blue Me.

"These guys don't just show up to play on everybody's albums," says West on his special guests and the album's title. "They're all stars in their own right, and fantastic players - everyone with their own sound and style, about as far from the usual suspects as it gets."

Unusual Suspects tracklisting:

'One More Drink For The Road' (featuring Steve Lukather)
'Mudflap Mama' (featuring Slash)
'To The Moon'
'Standing On A Higher Ground' (featuring Billy F. Gibbons)
'Third Degree' (featuring Joe Bonamassa)
'Legend'
'Nothing's Changed' (featuring Zakk Wylde)
'I Feel Fine'
'Love You Forever'
'You & Me'
'Turn Out The Lights' (featuring Slash & Zakk Wylde)
'Beetle - I Don’t Know' (Bonus track)

Leslie West has long been a popular personality on the Howard Stern Radio Show in America. It was Stern whom he gave an interview in late June 2011, from his hospital bed, mere days after undertaking life-saving surgery which saw his leg amputated above the knee.

On June 17th, West (a long-time sufferer of type 2 Diabetes) was aboard a long-haul flight to Mississippi to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, when the limb began to swell. He was rushed to the emergency room and lost consciousness. The decision to proceed with the operation was made by his wife, Jenni, who remarks, “It was his leg or his life.”

Such a life-changing ordeal would surely deter other artists, but West is already looking firmly forward, insisting that Unusual Suspects’ release date was not altered because of his condition. “Now I’ve got to figure out how to play the guitar [whilst standing] on one leg,” he states, under no illusions regarding the size of the task ahead. “The prosthetic ones they have these days are really good, but of course I’m used to balancing my weight on two feet. I’m going to have to retrain myself.”

Listen as West calls in to Howard Stern's show in the clip below:


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