SLASH Says GUNS N’ ROSES Was ‘The Ultimate Pre-Adult, Post-Adolescent Experience’

The Indendent recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES). A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On pop singer Adele:

Slash: “She’s great. She’s a shot in the arm for this industry. She writes her own music that’s not at all contrived. And she’s managed to sell loads of records which makes her a great example to the younger artists. Like Amy Winehouse, she’s organic and real. It’s great to have that happen at this moment when everybody else is so synthetic.”

On his opinion that much of the best music lately has come from British women:

Slash: “Amy Winehouse was great. God bless her. She was one of the purest artists to come out for a long time. Most of those who have come out are female; it’s not the male-dominated rock and roll icons of my generation. It’s refreshing.”

On GUNS N’ ROSES:

Slash: “I still look back on it being the ultimate pre-adult, post-adolescent experience. But I simply don’t think you and I would be speaking had I tried to carry on. I’m a pretty durable survivor and I’m fortunate to be here anyway. But I think if I’d kept trying to negotiate that existence, I wouldn’t be here.”

On his children, London, 9, and Cash, 7:

Slash: “I want to make sure that I instil in my children some of the values that kept me grounded growing up. In the midst of all the drugs and the booze and the chicks, no matter how crazy I have been, there was always a decorum and set of manners. A lot of that came from my parents and wider family.”

 

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