Slash Discusses Greta Van Fleet In New Interview
Slash gave a recent interview to Billboard Magazine where he discussed the current state of rock n’ roll.
Slash essentially said that the genre was being overtaken by rap and R&B because it is slowly declining into a boring puddle of despair.
“More than anything, the commercial approach to rock and roll that the industry forces on bands, or forces people to think that this is how they have to go about it to succeed, and it just turns into this generic mishmosh that manages to get on the radio but doesn’t really turn anybody on, and it’s just dull and boring and people start looking elsewhere.”
Slash cites “young and hungry” rock bands that are taking aim at the genre in new, interesting ways.
“And, obviously, Greta Van Fleet have done amazingly well and made everybody perk up and go, ‘Oh, wow!’ Now there’s people out there looking for young, teenage rock and roll bands to sign,” Slash says. “So it’s interesting. If you watch everything as it develops in real time, it’s really, really boring and shit takes what seems like forever. But if you’re not paying attention, all of sudden, you’ll turn around and go, ‘Oh my God! Something just changed.’ And it’s just a constant state of ebbs and flows of rock and roll in this business.”
David Lee Roth Has Been in Contact with Guns N’ Roses About Playing Yankee Stadium
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth gave a new interview to Vulture magazine where he revealed that he has been in contact with the reps from bands including Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Metallica. Check out the exchange below!
Speaking of your time in Japan — about five years ago, you starred in a mysterious short film called “Tokyo Story” in which you murder three poker players. What was the backstory on that?
“It is the test run for a parallel project that I’ve been working on. Those characters from the short are in a script that has now been worked into a graphic novel. And it is by our accounting the world’s first graphic novel with a full soundtrack. I’ve been working on it for four years. I called Colin Smith, who’s written, I don’t know, 15 books on how to use Adobe Photoshop. He’s been over at my shop three times a week. Working with stellar talents is part of the luxury of being Diamond Dave. I’m smart enough to know these folks, so how much smarter do I need to be? And it’s art-centric. We don’t think about the price. Because, you know, next time my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play. Okay?”
Are you telling me that Van Halen will play Yankee Stadium next summer? You promised four New York copy editors free tickets today.
“Yeah, but I can’t … If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, “Oh, this leaked…” But, the band will be — I can’t say.”
“Well, I don’t know how far this privacy actually goes. But the band is solvent. And I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show — Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, Church, and Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved.”
So this would be a festival?
“No, all I talked about was a phone call.”