Slash Column in Esquire: What I’ve Learned

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  • I never want to draw attention to myself, but that’s all I do.
  • Guitars are like women. You’ll never get them totally right.
  • Being told no was the big thing ever since I can remember. And that was always getting in the way of creativity.
  • Musicians never actually talk about music.
  • The split between Axl and I was a quiet one. But because there was so much attention on the breakup — and are we going to get back together? — it got built up into this monster that led to a kind of animosity that wasn’t the focus for me. Neither one of us wants to be down each other’s throats for no reason. At this point, I’m trying to put it to rest. So I try to avoid the subject.
  • No interest. I don’t tell my kids about those days. One is seven. The other is nine. One is really into his skateboard. I look at him and see myself, and I’m like, “Just do it, man!”

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Todd Kerns blog update from the studio

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Here are a few quotes:

[…] After a while the studio turns into Das Boot. A group of dudes trapped together day in and day out. To add to the surreality of it all a documentary camera crew follows our every move. Not sure what is to come of this footage. Dvd? Documentary? Blackmail material? Who knows? The camera crew have now become part of our Island Of Misfit Toys. […]

The pace has been about one song a day though we’ve managed to fall off that pace here and there. The riffs are fat and huge and heavy. Slash plays solos live off the floor that are epic and as impressive as anything in his catalogue. And that’s a formidable one.

The only constant is Slash. Les Paul and Marshall. All you need is an American guitar and a British amplifier and you can take over the world. […] The funny thing is I have a feeling that even if he did have a completely different set up going it would still sound very much like him.

Matt Sorum Interview about GnR, Slash’s Snakepit and Solo Projects

When asked what the final straw was that broke up the creative partnership between GUNS N’ ROSES lead singer and guitarist SlashMatt said, “The very, very end of it was us trying to make this record [that became ‘Chinese Democracy’] that came out 15, 16, 17 years later. […] And at that point, we had written a bunch of songs that were more like ‘Appetite For Destruction’ — stripped down, raw rock and roll; we almost wanted to go back to our roots. But Axl was really pushing to go someplace else. [He] was so obsessed with where the music was going. And I remember it was [after] about four or five years of rehearsals, and Axl came in and said, ‘I think we’ve got one good verse.’ [Laughs] And we all looked at each other. And at that point, me and Slash had written a bunch of songs together, which became the first SLASH’S SNAKEPIT album. Slash said, ‘Matt, let’s just go do a tour and make a record.’ ‘Cause Slash said, ‘Axl doesn’t like the songs.’ So we made a record, we put it out, and Slash went on tour. And that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.


Guns N’ Roses to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guns n' Roses

Guns N’ Roses are the only group to be inducted on their first year of eligibility. The original line-up hasn’t performed together since drummer Steven Adler left the band in 1990. During an interview last month with VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, Axl Rose didn’t completely rule out a reunion. “I don’t know what it means in terms of me with the old band and the old lineup,” he said. “If we were to be invited, I don’t know what they would ask of me. It’s up in the air.”

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Slash’s favorite live albums

“I remember playing ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got It’ by AC/DC day and night. ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan’ was another huge record for me. Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was a pretty good one. The Who’s ‘Live at Leeds’ is a classic. UFO’s ‘Strangers in the Night’ was a record that I played the hell out of when I was younger. Oh, I can’t forget ‘Double Live Gonzo!’ from Ted Nugent!”

When pressed for his favorite live album, Slash doesn’t hesitate with his answer. “That’s easy… it would have to be ‘Live Bootleg’ by Aerosmith. It’s one of the rawest and nastiest records I’ve ever heard.”

Plus, let’s cut to the chase: If you don’t have it yet, get Slash’s “Made in Stoke” live album on

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Slash’s AFD guitar at Seymour Duncan (VIDEO)

When most working guitarists experience a glitch or two with their instrument, they rely on their tech or hometown luthier to solve the problem. But if you’re Slash, and your Number One guitar is really acting up – and you’re sure the issue is electrical – you go to the source.

That’s right, you go to Seymour Duncan, as in himself.


thanks to Sollazzon for sending this in!

Slash about social media – if you can’t beat them, join them

In a recent chat with VH1 Radio, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist said, “It’s like nowadays, you can’t really fart without anyone knowing. I mean before, I never got busted for anything. Now, everything I do is scrutinized because it’s out in the media and it’s out in the social network scene. So as far as I was concerned, better join them. You know, if you can’t beat them, join them, right?”