The first, and more notable lineup, sometimes regarded as the "true" Slash's Snakepit (the 2000 line-up with Rod Jackson was not as well-received by fans and critics as the original line-up) released the album It's Five O'Clock Somewhere which was issued in March 1995 almost by accident.
Slash recruited Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez to complete the musical side of the group. Gilby Clarke's drummer, Mark Danziesen, suggested Dover as vocalist, and after passing the audition, he joined the quintet to complete recording of what would become "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere".
Up to this point, Slash had always been publicly quite "anti" a solo record, claiming he had no need for one whilst Guns was in action. In promoting this album, he remained pragmatic in statements that it wasn't "really" a solo album, just a project that had come together by accident, and morphed into another band which was now keeping him busy whilst Guns was on hiatus. He is also on record as stating that he wanted the band to simply be called "Snakepit" - after his home studio, but the record company insisted they add his name to it to help increase sales. Hence "Slash's Snakepit".
With a title taken from a passing comment made by an airport attendant, and artwork provided by Slash's brother, Ash Hudson, the album was released in March 1995 during a period of downtime for Guns N' Roses.
Shortly after the album's release, a local all-girl San Diego band named simply "Snakepit" filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Slash to limit his use of the "Snakepit" name. The lawsuit was settled on confidential terms.
Frustrated by Guns' inactivity and Axl's ever erratic moves, not to mention a certain amount of pressure from Geffen to promote the album (according to Slash's autobiography he wanted to tour and Geffen supported him until Axl said he was ready to start writing for G'N'R again at which point they pulled the plug), a six-month tour was arranged. Clarke, Slash and Dover remained the only members of the recording lineup to tour, with Inez committed to Alice in Chains, and Sorum agreeing to stay behind in the GN'R camp as a compromise to placate the angered Rose, who saw this side project as an act of defiance from his lead guitarist. (Gilby Clarke had already been fired from the band - by Rose - at this point). James LoMenzo and Brian Tichy filled their shoes for the ensuing tour.
Once off the road, the group soon disbanded, as it was - after all - only a side project for all involved.
In 1996, however, Slash left GN'R, citing an inability to continue working with Rose (McKagan and Sorum left the following year) and went on to cobble together various projects - including the "jam band" covers band, "Slash's Blues Ball".