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Dee on New Leslie West Album

Written by J Cooch Lucchese.

Courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock

Leslie West - Still ClimbingMountain co-founder Leslie West has had a rough few years. Back in 2011, he lost his left leg to diabetes, causing the legendary guitarist and singer to consider quitting music for good.

Things have turned around since then, though. Last year he was given a vehicle that made touring a possibility for him, and this fall he’ll release ‘Still Climbing’ — his first album in two years.

West considers ‘Still Climbing’ a sequel to ‘Unusual Suspects,’ which was released just after his leg amputation in 2011. “I’m lucky it wasn’t one of my hands or I’d be screwed,” said the 67-year-old West in a press release announcing the album.

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Dee Guests on New Leslie West Album

Written by J Cooch Lucchese.

Courtesy of Blabbermouth

Leslie WestLeslie West, the legendary guitarist, vocalist and original founding member of MOUNTAIN, will release a new studio album, "Still Climbing", on October 28 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group.

The CD is a testimonial to the strength and durability of West's artistry. Born October 22, 1945, as he approaches his 68th birthday, West has packed some of the most soulful and searing vocal performances of his half-century career into these 11 tracks. His guitar has never sounded more massive or riff-orientated.

West, who ascended rock's Mt. Olympus with Mountain in a historic performance at 1969's Woodstock festival, accomplished all of that despite a life-threatening battle with diabetes that cost him most of his right leg in 2011, just after his previous Mascot Label Group release, "Unusual Suspects", was recorded.

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