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A previously unheard collaboration between Slash and Chester Bennington has surfaced.

Embedded below is a one-minute clip of a song titled “Crazy.” The clip has been making the rounds after Big Chris Flores, who produced Slash’s self-titled 2010’s solo album, played the clip on the Appetite for Distortion podcast.

Flores said of the clip (as transcribed by Loudwire), “I think part of the reason it got shelved for so long was out of respect, just waiting for Linkin Park to release whatever they were going to release with Chester and then give [Bennington’s widow] Talinda and his mom time to figure out if they wanted to do anything with it. Slash hadn’t heard anything from them and it just was forgotten about I feel like, so it was just perfect timing [to leak the snippet].”

Slash discussed this collaboration during a 2018 interview with Variety saying, “…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.”

When asked if the song would ever be released, Slash said, “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.”

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