Slash Admits He Played Piano On the Theme Music He Did for Universal Studios Halloween Maze
Slash was recently interviewed by CNN during a visit he made to a maze at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Slash helped design and write the music for the maze. During the interview he admitted to playing piano on the music. Check out the interview here.
Walking Papers Guitarist/Singer Jeff Angel Talks About Auditioning for Velvet Revolver!
Duff McKagan’s bandmate in Walking Papers, Jeff Angel gave an interview to Music Radar where he discussed Duff McKagan. During the interview he let it slip that he auditioned for Velvet Revolver saying:
We caught Duff’s attention, and he invited me to try out for Velvet Revolver – I actually recorded five or six songs with Slash, Matt Sorum, Izzy and Duff before they took off. Eventually Izzy backed out and Scott Weiland got the gig. I stayed friends with Duff, probably because I didn’t let the cat out of the bag.
GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash recently spoke with Scuzz TV about “Living The Dream”, his new album featuring Myles Kennedy and THE CONSPIRATORS. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On the album’s 2015 origins:
Slash: “We were doing the ‘World On Fire’ tour, and some of the ideas were — sort of the nucleus of some of these ideas happened at that time. Toward the end of 2015, we actually went in a rehearsal room and started to tinker around with some of these ideas. Then the GUNS N’ ROSES thing all of a sudden popped up, and so everything just sort of stalled up until this past January. Then we got back together and revisited some of those ideas and brought a bunch of new ones and made a record. I was listening to the mastering sessions driving to GUNS N’ ROSES rehearsals to do this tour that we just did.”
On the inspiration for the album’s title:
Slash: “Politics. It’s hard to ignore it. I think it was sort of a tongue-in-cheek statement referring to what’s been going on, pretty much globally, but especially in the U.S. ‘Living The Dream’ seemed like a funny title. All things considered, it could [also] be applied to what we do, and just being able to have the wherewithal to be able to make records and tour and do all those great things that we dreamed about doing when we were 15 years old, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be about [politics].”
On appreciating his position:
Slash: “I’ve been doing this for a long time now. It’s something that I still feel as impassioned about now as I did when I first started doing it. The fact that I’ve been able to sustain that for this long and to be able to work with all the different people I’ve worked with — with THE CONSPIRATORS and back with GUNS N’ ROSES and working with all these great people, that creative kind of atmosphere, it’s definitely worth being grateful.”
On yielding lyric writing to Kennedy:
Slash: “I learned pretty early on when I first met Myles, he pretty much was fine in the lyric department and didn’t need any of my assistance. There was actually one moment when we were doing ‘Apocalyptic Love’ where he goes, ‘Hey, do you have any ideas? I’m working on this lyric.’ I realized at that moment, ‘You really don’t need my help with this. You’re going to be fine.’ Whenever we work on songs, he’ll come up with the vocal melodies, I’ll come up with some parts and he’ll start singing and we’ll get an arrangement together. The lyrics won’t even come into play until we late in pre-production, right before we actually do vocals. Then they start to materialize. They’re always cool, and I’ve sort of stopped really looking over his shoulder altogether.”