Slash's Snakepit was an American hard rock band formed by then-Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash in 1993. The group's first lineup was composed of Slash's Guns N' Roses band mates Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke as well as bassist Mike Inez (Alice in Chains) and singer Eric Dover (Jellyfish). They released their debut album, titled It's Five O'Clock Somewhere, on February 14, 1995 through Geffen, charting at #70 on the Billboard 200, and featured contributions by Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed as well as Teddy Andreadis and Paulinho Da Costa. Beggars & Hangers-On was released as the albums first single. For the albums supporting tour, Zakk Wylde solo band members James Lomenzo and Brian Tichy joined the group in place of Inez and Sorum who had other commitments. According to Slash's auto-biography, Slash, when Snakepit were booking shows for another leg of their tour, the label pulled financial support after the record sold one million copies and with Guns N' Roses regrouping to record a new album, Snakepit disbanded in 1995.
In 1998, 2 years after leaving Guns N' Roses, Slash reformed the Snakepit with his Slash's Blues Ball band mate, bassist Johnny Griparic. Rounding up the new lineup was singer Rod Jackson and former Alice Cooper duo Ryan Roxie on guitar and Matt Laug on drums. After signing a deal with Koch Records, they released Ain't Life Grand in October 2000. Roxie, who had touring commitments with Alice Cooper, left the group and was replaced by guitarist Keri Kelli (Big Bang Babies). The group went on to tour which included dates supporting AC/DC as well as co-headlining shows with Billy Idol.
Before a show in Pittsburgh, Slash passed out, waking up two weeks later in a hospital. He suffered cardiac myopathy caused by years of alcohol and drug abuse, with his heart swelling to the point of rupture. After being fitted with a defibrillator and undergoing physical therapy, Slash returned to the group to finish their club tour. Slash then disbanded the group soon after the tour finished in 2001.
Slash's Snakepit were an American rock supergroup from Los Angeles, California, formed by then-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash in 1993. Though often described as a solo or side project, Slash stated that Snakepit was a band, with equal contributions by all members. The first lineup of the band consisted of Slash, two of his Guns N' Roses band mates-drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke-as well as Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez and former Jellyfish live guitarist Eric Dover on lead vocals.
Their debut album, It's Five O'Clock Somewhere, was released in 1995. For the supporting tour, Slash enlisted James LoMenzo and Brian Tichy, of Pride and Glory, in place of Inez and Sorum who had other commitments. They played shows in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia before Geffen Records pulled their financial support for the tour, with Slash returning to Guns N' Roses and Slash's Snakepit disbanding.
Following his departure from Guns N' Roses in 1996, Slash formed the cover band Slash's Blues Ball. After a tour in 1997, Slash approached Blues Ball bassist Johnny Griparic about forming a new lineup of Slash's Snakepit. The new lineup consisted of Slash, Griparic, singer Rod Jackson, guitarist Ryan Roxie and drummer Matt Laug (Roxie and Laug were both former members of Alice Cooper's solo band). They recorded and released their second album entitled Ain't Life Grand in 2000, which was preceded by a tour supporting AC/DC and followed by their own headlining tour. For the tour, Keri Kelli joined the group in place of Ryan Roxie, who departed following the completion of the album. However, after the final show, Slash disbanded Slash's Snakepit due to a lack of commitment from his band members.