Leave it to Simon Cowell of American Idol fame to come up with an idea that puts former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash in the studio with Escala, a group of four female musicians who are described as an electric string quartet. Although not as well known here in the U.S., Escala rose to fame in the U.K. after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, a TV show where Cowell also occupies a spot on the panel of judges.
Cowell and Slash reportedly encountered one another at Elton John’s Oscar party and hit it off immediately. Cowell is said to have been quite impressed with Slash and thought he was “incredible.” When offered the chance to work with Escala, Slash agreed without hesitation.
Cowell was in search of someone to work with Escala that might be a little out of the ordinary, and Slash certainly fits the bill when you envision him playing with an all-female classical quartet.
The unlikely group is set to convene in a Los Angeles recording studio to work up a version of the Led Zeppelin classic “Kashimr.” The track will be featured on Escala’s debut album, which is scheduled for a May release on Simon Cowell’s SyCo label.
I’m not sure if Slash even knew who Escala was when he was approached by Simon Cowell at Elton John’s L.A. bash and asked to team up with the glamorous foursome for some studio work, but either way, it’s hard to see it as a bad decision on his part.