SLASH Looks Back At The Moments That Helped Shape Him As Both A Musician And A Man

May 6, 2012, 5 years ago

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In a new interview with Ben Kaplan, SLASH (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) looks back at the moments that helped shape him as both a musician and a man.

Here are a few excerpts from the chat:

Los Angeles, 1986: Birthing a hit...

“We were in a house in Laughlin Park with no furniture and I’m sitting on the floor, playing my guitar and working on this riff. Izzy had his guitar and he starts playing some chords behind it. Duff was there, Axl was upstairs and he overheard it. Really, it was a passing thing, but the next day at rehearsal, Axl said, ‘Play that thing you guys were playing yesterday.’ I guess it inspired him to write some lyrics — 'Sweet Child O’ Mine' started to bloom.”

Los Angeles, 1996: Guns N’ Roses break up...

“Whatever Axl attached himself to was definitely going to be really good. It was about trying to produce something that caught his ear. If it caught his ear, you knew it was going to be awesome. The trick was trying to produce something that caught his ear so we could get on with it.”

Los Angeles, 2008: Going solo, sort of...

“I needed something other than Velvet Revolver — an outlet, a release. The point of that group was to do something on my own without having to report to anybody or collaborate. I’d love to say that I learn wholly and fully, but I make a lot of the same mistakes a few times. You know, right back into a band again.”


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