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Monday
Apr022012

Adam Levine Featured on Slash's New Charity Single

ABC/Tim OgierIn 2010, Maroon 5's Adam Levine was one of the many guest vocalists on the self-titled debut solo album by legendary Guns 'n Roses guitarist Slash. The two teamed up on a song called "Gotten."  Now Slash has released a new version of that track to benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network, a non-profit organization which helps runaway and homeless youth on the streets of L.A. 

You'll need to make a minimum donation of $1 on Slash’s website in order to own the new track, with all proceeds going to the Los Angeles Youth Network.

Slash has created a new video for the track, which centers on a 16-year-old girl who runs away from home because her mother’s boyfriend is abusive. The girl lives on the street for a time, but eventually returns to the house to rescue her mother.  Adam doesn't appear in the clip, but it still packs some star power: it features Hellcats actress Amanda “AJ” Milchalka, True Blood actress Kristin Bauer, and The Breakfast Club actor Judd Nelson, among others.  

Not long after the original collabo was released, Adam told ABC News Radio that the pairing with Slash isn't as unusual as it may seem at first glance.  "It doesn't surprise me, because I'm a huge fan.  He influenced my guitar playing and was one of the first guitar players I feel in love with as a kid," said Adam.  "For me, it's just awesome."

The Maroon 5 frontman added, "[The collaboration] probably does surprise people because we're not a tried-and-true rock and roll group, and we're certainly not involved with that scene, but it's music.  Y'know, I grew up with Slash, so he was constantly on my speakers.  Just to work with him was an honor, and there's a lot of mutual respect and we had a great time."

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