Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen Appear on the ‘Barbie’ Soundtrack


Photo of Slash performing live at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen are both part of the new “Barbie” soundtrack – Story by Scarlett Hunter, photo by Anne Erickson

Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen are both part of the new “Barbie” soundtrack

Everyone is talking about the new “Barbie” movie. It’s one of the must talked-about movies of the year. Now, it appears rock music has something to do with the “Barbie” film. So, what do rockers Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen have to do with the new “Barbie” soundtrack? The movie, by the way, reaches theaters Friday (July 21).

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash plays on the soundtrack for “Barbie.” Specifically, he performs a solo on the song “I’m Just Ken.” Moreover, actor Ryan Gosling, who also portrays Ken in the movie, sings on the song. That makes this one weird Slash collaboration, but at least it’s different and unexpected. Producer Mark Ronson apparently made this collaboration happen, because he’s apparently a big fan of the guitar player.

“Slash is my hero. I grew up, I was in what, 7th grade when Appetite for Destruction came out. He’s my all-time hero, I had pictures of Slash all over my wall,” Ronson told Variety. “So when we were getting it, this song [was] being done, I was like, It never hurts to ask. It seemed like such a long shot, but I sent him the song and he’s like, ‘This is a good song.’ I don’t know Slash that well, before this, and he was like, ‘Cool, I’ll play on it.’ He was so cool, and he killed it.”

Wolfgang Van Halen, who is gearing up to release a new rock album, is also part of the “Barbie” buzz. He took to Instagram to share a photo from the premiere of the film on Monday (July 9), because he’s on the soundtrack. “My buddy Mark Ronson hit me up earlier this year needing my ‘mammoth guitar sound’ and I happily obliged. Honored for the opportunity to contribute some guitar playing throughout this hilarious/surreal/heartfelt movie,” he wrote in the caption.

He added, “If anyone is curious about specifics, I have a lot of textural stuff throughout the film with two major spots where I do some soloing. One in particular is pretty cool because it’s the big song that Ryan Gosling sings and Slash plays on it as well!” Van Halen also says that “there’s a specific moment in this song that’s only in the movie where I’ve got this fun solo with some tapping and stuff lol. Such a cool opportunity. Honored to be a part of it.”

Scarlett Hunter
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