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Rock 'N' Roll Weekend Wrap-Up: Slash, Michael Davis And Ozzy Osbourne

Greg Asciutto |
February 19, 2012 | 10:35 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Slash's new album will feature Myles Kennedy (James Ackerley)
Slash's new album will feature Myles Kennedy (James Ackerley)
As coverage of the Whitney Houston funeral has dominated entertainment sections this weekend, the world of rock 'n' roll has flown under the radar. 

Guitarist Slash has dropped the name and cover of his second solo album, Apocalyptic Love, which is slated for a May 22nd release date. According to Slash's website, the album will feature Myles Kennedy, who has toured and recorded with the guitarist in the past. 

Earlier this week, Billboard.com reported that Slash will join estranged Guns N' Roses bandmates in April for the group's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Slash is also making headlines for his upcoming performances with Ozzy Osbourne. The guitarist is filling in for members of Black Sabbath, who were scheduled to perform a reunion tour until the band posted a disheartening press release last week: 

"BLACK SABBATH–who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour–have had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma... OZZY OSBOURNE will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled BLACK SABBATH dates... billed as OZZY & FRIENDS." 

On a somber note, Michael Davis, former bassist of the punk-pioneering MC5, died on Friday. According to the Associated Press, Davis was 68 and died of liver failure. 

Davis was the original bassist for the Detroit-based band, who appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone before their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams was even released. 

He is survived by a wife and four children. 

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