Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Sits Down With LA Weekly To Discuss Guns N’ Roses, “Living the Dream” and More!
Slash sat down with LA Weekly to talk about Guns N’ Roses, his new album ‘Living the Dream’ and more! You can read the full interview here.
A summary of his interview is as follows
- Slash regretted missing the Misfits Reunion Shows due to activity in Guns N’ Roses
- Slash talked about finishing the record ‘Living the Dream’ between January and May of this year when Guns N’ Roses were off. A lot of material was written during 2015 as well.
- Slash said the following of Myles Kennedy “He’s a really laid-back, easygoing, unassuming, no airs, no rock star attitude, kind of guy,”
- Slash discussed first meeting Myles Kennedy and touring with him starting in 2010.
- Myles Kennedy talked about initially declining the invitation to sing at the Guns N’ Roses Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony.
- Slash talked a bit about the song writing process with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators saying “I’ll start the music part, and then he’ll start coming up with the melodies and then the words,” Slash says. “To give credit where credit’s due, when I come up with an idea, it’s really the input from Todd, Brent and even Frank on this record. They just do with it what they will. Sometimes I might have a bass line or a drum idea. Maybe another guitar part. But for the most part, they just make up their own stuff.”
- The album ‘Living the Dream” opening track ‘Call of the Wild’ sounds like Welcome to the Jungle’ according to the author.
- Slash said he is looking forward to playing smaller venues since he’s been playing stadiums with Guns N’ Roses. He claimed that the stadium gigs this time around with Guns N’ Roses were more intimate than the Use Your Illusion tour.
- Expect maybe One Velvet Revolver and Snakepit song and that’s about it. Don’t expect a much if any Guns N’ Roses songs.
- Slash talked about starting his own label in 2010 and how he doesn’t want to work with big labels.
- Slash talked about the record labels not paying attention to Napster and how Top 40 artists conform to industry standard. Those who don’t have a harder time getting success.
- Other musicians Slash has played with in the past and present including Duff McKagan, Richard Fortus, Steven Adler, Gilby Clarke and Mike Inez who had good things to say about Slash.
- Slash said playing ‘Chinese Democracy’ songs were great and the band sounded good
- Slash said Guns N’ Roses will be working together in the forseeable future, but stopped short of talking about a new Guns N’ Roses record.
- Slash said working with Richard Fortus was great and made him play guitar better.
- Slash talked about loving Los Angeles.