Slash L.A. Zoo virtual reality

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Slash to broadcast L.A. Zoo concert in virtual reality

Welcome to the jungle, indeed.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Apr 6, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 6:18 pm CDT

For the better part of the last year, Slash has toured with a reformed Guns N’ Roses, playing shows around the world and helping bring in more than $100 million last summer.

But if you don’t have any interest in paying hundreds of dollars to see some 50-year-olds regurgitate a bunch of hard rock tunes from 30 years ago (totally worth it, by the way), Slash has another offer for you. How about you watch him play a gig at the Los Angeles Zoo while it’s broadcast in virtual reality?

As Billboard notes, the content can be found on the Google Daydream headset (with the NextVR app from the Google Play store) or the Samsung Gear VR headset (with the same app available at the Oculus store).

It’ll take place May 20 to benefit the zoo and the Species Conservation Action Network, and Jack Black will be among the guest stars that join in the gig. Fans who watch will have the ability to view behind-the-scenes footage in VR, his rehearsal, and an interview with Slash.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise since Slash is such an animal lover. He is a board trustee on the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, and the conservation effort strikes a chord with him.

“I used to not believe in zoos as a concept, but now because there are so many endangered animals; there’s so much poaching,” Slash told Samaritan Mag in 2012. “With zoos now, it’s really about conservation. They become safe houses for a lot of species so, I think, now, zoos are really necessary places, not totally about just family entertainment at any cost. It’s about education; it’s about conservation.”

And it’s about starring in zoo commercials with Betty White.

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*First Published: Apr 6, 2017, 2:23 pm CDT