-- Mountain frontman Leslie West will be releasing a brand-new studio album titled Still Climbing this Tuesday, and to celebrate its arrival the guitar great has lined up a few special events in and around New York City. First up, West has scheduled a pair of appearances at record stores next week. He'll visit Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey on Friday, November 1, at 7 p.m. ET, and Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York, the following day at 2 p.m. ET. The 68-year-old rocker will sign copies of the new album and will participate in a Q&A session with attendees at both stores.
Then, on November 13, West will play a show at New York City's famed jazz club The Iridium.
Still Climbing features the veteran rocker teaming up on select tunes with several guest stars, including Johnny Winter, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. Among the songs on the album are a cover of late British actor-singer Anthony Newley's "Feeling Good" featuring Snider, and a rendition of the Percy Sledge soul classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" that boasts guitar work by Jonny Lang.
You can preview Still Climbing at Billboard.com, which is hosting an exclusive steam of the entire album.
West, who lost part of his right leg in 2011 due to complications from diabetes, tells Billboard that he's still adjusting to life as an amputee.
"The problem is there's no tour buses that work for me," he explains. "I haven't really gotten used to the [leg] prosthetic. My balance is really off, and I don't want to have to play on stage and worry about [falling.] So I do perform in the electronic wheelchair, which is a little restricting."
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