Slash has released the song and video for “Beneath the Savage Sun” in a campaign to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants.
The guitarist has partnered with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter, which is leading to the animal’s extinction. His fans are invited to watch the video and receive the song for free by donating here.
While on tour in South Africa, Slash and Myles Kennedy, the lead singer of his band, the Conspirators, witnessed the devastation of the elephants first-hand and knew they had to act. Together, they wrote “Beneath the Savage Sun” from the perspective of an elephant whose family has been wiped out. The hypnotic rock song is a highlight on the group's critically acclaimed current album, World on Fire.
“An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory and the result is the elephant population has declined 95 percent in the past century,” Slash says. “Seeing that these majestic animals are on the path to extinction, possibly within the next decade, we wrote ‘Beneath the Savage Sun’ and partnered with IFAW. Donate to IFAW’s work to take action and protect elephants.”
The U.S.-based charity IFAW works around the world on every aspect of the elephant crisis—on the front lines to stop the killing of elephants, in transit countries to stop the trafficking of ivory and in consumer countries to stop the demand for ivory products. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are currently in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour supporting World on Fire. The full itinerary can be seen at www.slashonline.com, and tickets can be purchased there as well.