|Song by Slash feat. Chester Bennington|
|Working title||Demo Fast No. 15|
|Producer||Chris Trinidad Flores|
"Crazy" is an outtake from the debut solo by Slash. The song, which features vocals by Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, was reworked into "Doctor Alibi" with Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead after Warner Bros. Records balked at having Chester on the song.
While working on his debut solo album in 2009, Slash collaborated with Chester Bennington on a version of "Doctor Alibi" as revealed in an interview to Variety:
"But speaking of Chester [Bennington], and I forgot all about this until just recently, when I was doing my first solo record, I worked with a lot of different people, some of whom, for whatever reason, didn’t end up on the record. One was with Chester. We did a song and Linkin Park at the time didn’t allow it to happen, so I did it with Lemmy [Kilmister]. The guy who engineered my demos sent it to me and I sent it to Chester’s family. But it was a trip cause the song [called “Doctor Alibi”] really speaks to his state of mind.
His family has got it so it would be totally up to them. It was really good. He was awesome. It would be fine with me if they wanted to [release] it. Musically it’s basically the same as the Lemmy song, but the lyrics are really poignant."
Big Chris Flores, a record producer and sound engineer who worked with Slash on the album, was questioned about the song in an interview to Metal Temple to which he answered, "Ooooh good one! Yeah, back in 2010 I scored a movie with Slash called, “This Is Not A Movie.” Slash wrote a lot of cool instrumental ideas for that movie. when we finished with the movie he went back and decided which ideas he was going to turn into songs. He had a list of artists that he thought would work well with some of the songs. He reached out to a lot of different singers. For this one track he reached out to Chester. Later that month Chester came to the studio and recorded the demo called, “Crazy.” Well, it turned out that Linkin Park was releasing an album the same year Slash was and they did not want Chester to perform on any other album until their album was released. Later reached out to Lemmy from Motorhead and cut the song Dr. Alibi. That’s the one that made the album. I’m sure the song will be released sooner than later. We were just waiting for Linkin Park to do their thing with what they had recorded with Chester. We were also waiting for Chester‘s wife Talinda to decide when and how she wants to release the song . Slash got everybody he wanted on the album. The only issue was with Chester and the Linkin Park album being released at the same time."
A year later, Chris explained the version he played on WHYS Radio was a demo with programmed bass and drums done by himself. As of April 2022, he was in the studio with Matt Starr (of Ace Frehley) and Robert DeLeo (Chester's former bandmate from Stone Temple Pilots) to record live instruments for the song. Slash's guitar parts and Chester's vocals would remain unchanged in the final version. He already had Slash's blessing to release it, but still needed to send the finished song to Talinda for her approval. A couple of months later, Chris said the song was done and that it "Sounds amazing!" However, Talinda decided not to release it. "Since she never released it, I wanted to get Matt Starr and Doug Pinnick on there before she did decide to and now she told me she "came to the conclusion that she doesn't want to release it.""
On November 16, 2023, the full song was played during Chris Flores' interview on Episode 428 of the Guns N' Roses-themed podcast Appetite For Distortion. Flores revealed that the demo with Bennington had mostly been forgotten about as Slash had moved forward with the music for his solo set. But years later, the producer was clearing out some space when he came across a file titled "Demo Fast No. 15." Unsure of what it was, he revealed it was the Bennington demo from their early album sessions. When asked about a possible release of the song, podcast host Brando said Talinda had no plans to release the song and added, "unfortunately, no plans to release any other way. That was the deal with between @Slash and @BigChrisFlores, just have it stream within the podcast." Proceeds from the episode on YouTube went to the nonprofit organization Rock To Recovery which uses music to help those suffering from mental health and addiction.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
- Slash - Guitar
- Chester Bennington - Vocals
- Doug Pinnick - Bass
- Matt Star - Drums
- Big Chris Flores - Producer
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- Guns N’ Roses’ Slash Reveals Unreleased Chester Bennington Recording – Variety, August 15, 2018
- Big Chris Flores: "Slash is just so nice and humble. It really is a pleasure to watch him work. You can really appreciate why people want to work with him, and people like him. I never heard anything negative come out of his mouth about anyone." - Metal-Temple.com, May 13, 2021
- The Rehab Studio on Instagram: “Check out the interview in my link and listen out for the sneak peak at the unreleased single by #chesterbennington and @slash on the radio…”, May 14, 2021
- The Rehab Studio on Instagram: “Gonna be playing an unreleased song by Chester Bennington and Slash durring my interview today at 3pm pacific . WHYSradio.org . . . . . .…”, May 16, 2021
- Update on "Crazy" (Slash feat. Chester Bennington) - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, April 26, 2022
- Hear Previously Unreleased Slash-Chester Bennington Demo 'Crazy', November 11, 2023
- Appetite For Distortion🎙️ on X: "@Rasputin1493 @LPLive @TalindaB @BigChrisFlores @Slash Don't hear the skip? But unfortunately, no plans to release any other way. That was the deal with between @Slash and @BigChrisFlores, just have it stream within the podcast." / X, November 11, 2023
- Appetite For Distortion on Instagram: "Loving all the press my new episode is getting 🤘🏻 Please be sure not only to listen to the...", November 17, 2023