This week Eric Dover joins us to discuss Slash’s Snakepit’s 1995 release ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.’
In 1995, Guns N’ Roses were one of the biggest bands in the world; yet one of the most divided. Ongoing tensions between the members of the band would lead to constant delays in new material and the future of the band in limbo. Not one to sit around, Slash was moved to create new material on his own. With the go-ahead from label heads at Geffen Records, Slash started assembling a lineup of players and got right to work. Bringing in fellow Guns members Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, and Dizzy Reed as well as the bass talents of Alice in Chains member Mike Inez, he quickly got several songs written and demoed musically. With additional songwriting contributions from Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, the album is loaded with Guns n’ Roses attitude and sound; albeit without Axl Rose on vocals.
With lots of great music ready to go, Slash needed a singer. After auditioning over 40 others, the job went to former Jellyfish member Eric Dover. It was an unlikely hiring considering Eric was a backing vocalist with Jellyfish. But, after an impassioned audition and showing he had the songwriting chops to hang with him, Slash offered him the job. The resulting album ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’ is a lean, mean slab of bluesy rock n’ roll featuring blistering vocals and Slash’s identifiable guitar tone and solos.
Eric Dover shares his memories of his time with Slash’s Snakepit for this special Albums Unleashed episode; from his audition to the songwriting and recording process to the tour for the album. There’s a lot of great stories in this chat that give you a behind the scenes look at what Eric went through during this time. We think you’ll enjoy this one for sure.
Eric has done a lot more in his career and we hope you’ll check out his other projects including Sextus and more recently The Lickerish Quartet. We hope you enjoy our talk with Eric Dover about his time with Slash’s Snakepit and SHARE with a friend!
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