Slash Talks About Drug Use In Velvet Revolver
In a new Yahoo interview, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash discussed quitting drugs in 2006 during his time in Velvet Revolver.
“I just really got to a point where I wasn’t enjoying it anymore,” he says of his decision to finally get clean in 2006. “I mean, God knows I probably have my fair share of psychological misadventures, but I got into booze and drugs mostly just to kill time. I mean, it starts out for fun, and then you use it in between shows, after a show, before the next show, that kind of thing. And especially I’d really fall in hard when the tour was over and we were off the road — I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. So that’s just something that before you know it, you’ve got a real physical, and as it happens, psychological addiction going on. And you just keep managing it, and managing it, and it takes its toll eventually. It catches up with you.”
“I was fortunate. I didn’t die, and I didn’t go to prison,” he says about his addiction. “Because that’s usually what happens with anybody who doesn’t come to terms with it at some point. So, I just finally really like, ‘I can’t do it anymore. It’s just I’m not getting anything out of it.’” Slash confesses he went on one last binge before getting sober for good — although he stresses, “I don’t think there’s ever a thing called ‘sober for good.’ You’re always practicing sobriety for as long as you possibly can.”
Slash recalls the moment he decided to get sober and seek professional help 12 years ago. “I came to that decision when I had an ample supply of [drugs] sitting in front of me, and I had a date that I was going to put myself into rehab,” he reveals. “I just did what [drugs] I did until that date came, and checked into rehab. And haven’t done it since. And I haven’t really had the desire to do it. I haven’t been struggling with craving it, which is great.”
Slash Tells Myles Kennedy How He’d Like to Pass Away
In a brand new interview with Australia’s Music Feeds, Myles Kennedy spoke about the camaraderie and respect between him and GUNS N’ ROSES. Myles Kennedy also talked about how Slash said he wants to pass away.
“A lot of times in this industry, it’s interesting to find people who are in it, but sometimes you wonder what their motivation is,” he continued. “Slash is somebody I know who’s in it for the music. I don’t know if I know too many people who wanna play as much as he does. [Laughs]
“It’s funny, he actually made a comment one day, we were talking about [American blues legend] B.B. King, who had recently passed. He made a comment about how B.B. had been on the road, ultimately, until his last days; he was in a tour bus. Slash made a comment saying, ‘That’s gonna be me someday,’ and I said, ‘Yeah I can see that. You’ll be out there well into your twilight years!’ He just needs to do it, and I kinda feel the same way. I can’t imagine ever retiring, because music is oxygen to me.”
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his partnership with Kennedy has been easy from the start. “We work really well together,” he said. “I never really thought about how that’s progressing. It’s real natural. So it’s like any kind of sort of close relationship, where I think we established it really, really early on and now we’re just sort of doing our thing, you know. Yeah, I don’t know what else to say — it’s just a really cool kind of synergy that we’ve got.”
“Living The Dream” was released on September 21 via Slash‘s own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records. The disc is Slash‘s fourth solo album, and third with Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals). The artwork was created by renowned visual artist Ron English.
The “Living The Dream” sessions, which started in late March, saw the band reunite with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who also helmed “World On Fire”.