Shinedown Frontman Talks Guns N’ Roses!

Shinedown Frontman Talks Appetite for Destruction

Holland’s FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith. You can watch the entire chat in two parts below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On his early musical upbringing:

Brent: “The thing was for me, when I was 10 years old, I kind of figured out exactly what I wanted to do. I feel very fortunate. I didn’t really search to ask myself what I wanted to do for a living or how I saw my life. I kind of noticed that at 10 years old, I could write down what I thought and I could put it in song form. Then, right about the time I was approaching probably 14, 15 years old, that’s when I really started to notice that maybe I want to sing. I kind of think back to that era, too, because that had a lot of really, really great teachers who taught me how to sing with these albums. I remember being 14 years old, my parents would go out, they would always go out on Friday nights because that was their date night and the garage in the house we lived in, had a really good reverb. I remember singing ‘Appetite For Destruction’ from GUNS N’ ROSES back to back. I would do it and do it until I could hit every note. There were a lot of key moments. But I’ve got to give some credit to my father. Because when I was 15, my dad gave me a tape, an anthology tape of a guy named Otis Redding. That opened up this completely different door because Otis Redding got me to Nina Simone and Nina Simone got me into Ella Fitzgerald, which got me to Billie Holiday, which got me to Marvin Gaye, which got me to Sam Cooke, which got me to Percy Sledge. This whole world of R&B and Motownkind of opened up and I went backward a little bit from that. I found out about this band from Birmingham named BLACK SABBATH, then I kind of figured out about LED ZEPPELIN. I was 24 years old before I ever listened to a BEATLES record. The first BEATLES record I ever listened to front to back was ‘The White Album’. I was 24 before I heard it.”

This isn’t the first time Smith has talked about Axl Rose. In 2016 he gave his thoughts on Axl Rose fronting AC/DC  in an interview with WGRD Radio saying (transcribed by Blabbermouth)

Smith said: “I was a little confused by the whole situation until the other day, because Brian Johnson actually released a statement yesterday, where he had made a point about the fact that his hearing loss was something of really just… It’s quite tragic on a lot of different levels. You know, he’s been with AC/DC for 36 years. But in his statement… I think a lot of people, before Brian made his statement, people were just really angry at Angus [YoungAC/DCguitarist], like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I understood that, because of the iconic voice that is Brian Johnson. But I didn’t really know what was going on.”

He continued: “I was saying this before, when it happened…. We don’t really know what’s going on; it’s not like I have an open line of communication with the band AC/DC. And everybody was just making their own assumptions as to whether they thought this was B.S. or it was bogus, or what was going on. But from what I gathered from Brian Johnson‘s statement, he’s okay with what they’re doing by bringing Axl [RoseGUNS N’ ROSES singer] in to finish up the dates. And also, he thanked Cliff [WilliamsAC/DC statement] and he thanked Angus in the statement. And it basically came down to the fact that the doctors are, like… The hearing loss…. He can’t perform in stadiums anymore right now. He can’t deal with just the amount of noise that larger arenas and stadiums impact on his hearing. It doesn’t mean that he can’t go into the studio and perform, is what he said in the statement. So I think he’s gonna continue to do albums with AC/DC, and hopefully, God willing, he may be able to return to the stage. I mean, he’s 68 yeas old. But it’s kind of one of those things where only time will tell.”

Smith went on to say: “But, in answer to your question, what do I think about it? After looking and reading his statement, and seeing what they’re doing by bringing Axl in to finish up the shows, now that I know both sides, and it looked as if Brian Johnson had given his blessing for Axl to come in and do this, I mean, more power to ’em, I guess.”