Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Slash Reveals Why He Hated “Sweet Child of Mine”


Slash Reveals Why He Disliked “Sweet Child of Mine”

Slash discussed initially disliking the Guns N’ Roses classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in a new Australian television interview to promote his new album and tour.

“You know what happens is you come up with something you think is cool, but how it’s going to translate to other people, you never know. I was the guy who initially was not a big fan of Sweet Child O Mine back in the day. That was more not because of the riff, it was really more about the type of song it was at the time, because we were a pretty hard driving band, and that was sort of of an uptempo ballady type of a thing. So it’s grown on me over the years, but that’s a riff that I never knew was going to take off the way it did.”

Slash also talked touring over the years.

“I’ve been touring pretty steadily since 1987, so that’s a lot of tours.”

Slash said the 90’s were a pretty big blur to him, but he has been sober since 2006.

“Pretty wild. The 90’s I don’t even remember, and I sort of gave it all up around 2006.”

“I’m a rock and roller through and through, but just recovering from drugs and alcohol.”

Duff “Punk Rock” McKagan gave a new interview while at NAMM this weekend in Anaheim. He talked a bit about his new record.

(via Blabbermouth), “I’ve written a couple of books. And this last tour that I was just on was two and a half years [long], and we traveled around the world, like, four times. And it was a very interesting time. The last two and a half years has been interesting in England, interesting in America [and] interesting in the rest of the rest of the world as well. And I’m a history reader. All I do, really, is just read every night. I like being informed, I like traveling, talking to people and knowing what the lay of the land is wherever I go. And it’s evolved over the 30 years that I’ve been traveling. It interests me. Instead of writing a book about that, which is what I was thinking of doing, especially the climate that we’ve evolved into — sort of more divided… This has happened many times before. History repeats itself, but people get pretty [worked] up not realizing this has happened before.

“So I wrote these little vignettes that were gonna be starts of stories I was gonna write about, but they became songs,” he continued. “[They’re] kind of observational songs… And I’m really proud of it. It’s like another book for me. It’s a launching of a book as opposed to… It’s not a rock record, so I don’t know if people will be surprised or not. But I thought it was important for me now as a father and a citizen…”

“I’ve read so many goddamn books on history, and I still do, that I thought maybe it’s time for me to just point out some things that I’ve observed,” Duff added. “Not pointing fingers at anybody, ’cause that does no good. I feel like I have a voice that I can kind of say, ‘This has happened before. Here’s what happened then. It’s happening again. Let’s not fall for it again.’”