MUSIC NEWS: @SLASH Announced as the First "Guitar Legend Award" Recipient at the Gibson Brands AP MUSIC AWARDS, Fueled by Monster Energy Drink

The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, is pleased to announce a renowned addition to this year's list of stellar award recipients. Iconic, GRAMMY-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash will be honored as the first recipient of the Guitar Legend Award presented by the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. As one of the first covers for Alternative Press magazine, Slash continues to create and innovate as well as influence multiple generations of musicians on the guitar.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album World On Fire September 16 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Caroline. Featuring the blazing title track as the newly released first single, the song has gone Top 15 at Active Rock in just 3 weeks, making it the fastest ascent into the Top 15 for Slash as a solo act. World On Fire marks Slash's third solo album and second one with his band: Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will preview new songs for fans their nationwide summer tour with Aerosmith (with select solo dates) launching Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. For all dates and tour ticket packages, visit:

That's not all: APMAs organizers have also confirmed the massively popular pop-metalcore band Falling In Reverse for a very special, one-time-only performance you'll have to see to believe! On top of that, special appearances will be made by members of Pierce The Veil, New Found Glory and Mayday Parade, further cementing the APMAs as the premiere event of the summer.  Additional appearances are also confirmed for members of Attila, Bayside, Beartooth, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Less Than Jake, letlive., the Maine, Neck Deep, Sleepwave, We Are The In Crowd and the Word Alive.

The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, will open with a star-studded red carpet located just outside the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, kicking off at 5:00 p.m. This year's presenters, performers, honorees and nominees will line the carpet for two full hours, ultimately making their way to the highlighted AXS TV red carpet pre-show area, co-hosted by new addition CM Punk and Automatic Loveletter frontwoman/The Voice season two runner-up Juliet Simms.

Wait, what? You heard right! Professional wrestling champion CM Punk has been officially added as a red carpet host at the APMAs! As a life-long music fan, CM Punk will be making one of his first public appearances since he stepped away from his many years in the squared circle. CM Punk will be joining co-host Juliet Simms to interview celebrities for the AXS TV red carpet pre-show extravaganza!

Here's what CM Punk had to say about his new role: "Well, I'm actually stoked to get out of the house and get gussied up for the first-ever Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink. Red carpets and me don't mix, so I figure it'll be a perfectly hilarious night with friends and a live microphone—my favorite! Be there and be square!"

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