Leslie West to Release "Still Climbing" on October 29
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:45:21
Rock icon Leslie West, who will never stop rocking (or climbing the rock 'n' roll lader) even as he cruises towards the senior citizen stage of life, will release Still Climbing on October 29 via Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group.
Originality, excitement, honesty and survival are all part of what makes a legend, and those qualities ripple through every song on West's upcoming release. The disc is also a testimonial to the strength and durability of West's artistry.
Born October 22, 1945, as he approaches the age of 68, West has packed some of the most soulful and searing vocal performances of his half-century career into these 11 tracks, and his guitar has never sounded more massive or riff-propelled.
West, who ascended rock's Mt. Olympus with his band Mountain in a historic performance at 1969's Woodstock festival, accomplished all of that despite a life threatening battle with diabetes that cost him most of his right leg in 2011, just after his previous Mascot Label Group release Unusual Suspects was recorded.
"I'm lucky it wasn't one of my hands or I'd be screwed," West said with his customary candor. "It was a difficult struggle, and after the amputation I didn't know whether I'd ever want to or be able to perform again. But a month later I played at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in New York City, and I heard my guitar on stage and that was it. I knew I had to keep going."
West is an inspiration!
Will you climb with Leslie West this October?