Slash Reveals His Thoughts on ‘Chinese Democracy’

Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Slash Shares His Thoughts On Album ‘Chinese Democracy’

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash spoke in an interview with Guitar World and explained his thoughts about Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 album “Chinese Democracy”. While Slash was pretty positive about the contributions of Buckethead on the record, in the past he said some disparaging things about the guitarist claiming that “he isn’t a rock guy” and his playing is”technically proficient”, but that he lacked an emotion feel during a 2007 interview with politically correct radio host Howard Stern. In 2004 Slash also dressed up as Buckethead for Halloween in a now infamous photo that’s circulated online for years.

Let’s see what Slash says about Buckethead and his playing on ‘Chinese Democracy’ below:

Here’s the statement:

“You know, it’s very different… it’s really cool stuff, but it was played by guitar players that are very different from me, style-wise.

I’ve sort of adapted my own way of playing those songs to where I feel comfortable with them, but without losing the integrity of how the guitar parts go. So it’s been a lot of fun to do, like, the song ‘Chinese Democracy,’ which I love playing.

And there’s a song we’ve been playing lately called ‘Madagascar,’ which, I don’t even know exactly what the guitar parts are on the original at this point because I’ve changed it so much. [Laughs]”

He continued:

“That said, I also want to give credit where credit’s due – the guitar players that played on Chinese Democracy, Buckethead being one of the main ones – are amazing guitar players.

I have to give those guys a shout-out because that stuff was cool. Very different from what I normally do. So it’s been interesting learning some of the stuff that was on that record. I definitely had to figure out ways to adapt to it.”