Slash Talks About Aerosmith Influences
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash gave an interview to Kerrang, where he discussed the influence that Aerosmith had on him.
“I was a big fan of music from as far back as I can remember. I used to love going to gigs and seeing bands and I was totally mesmerised by it all, but it never clicked with me to go and do that myself until I picked up a guitar because [former Guns N’ Roses drummer and childhood friend] Steven Adler had one. I thought, ‘Well, he knows how to play guitar, so I should play bass to start a band.’ Then I found out from a local music school that it wasn’t the bass I wanted to do at all, it was lead guitar. All of a sudden that set me off in this direction.
But the thing that excited me musically at that time? When you’re a teenager, regardless of how cool the music is that your parents are listening to, you start to discover your own. Aerosmith’s [1976 album] Rocks was the pivotal influence for me back then. The band’s attitude and that sloppy, hard rock thing made me go, ‘Woah!’ Every musician has their ‘Woah!’ artist or record that blew their mind. That was mine.”
Frank Ferrer Plays Drums on Morning Radio Show in South Africa!
Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer is in South Africa to play with a tribute band this month. He stopped by a local radio show and jammed on the drums. If you guys remember Guns N’ Roses played South Africa for the first time last November. Check out the clip below!
Slash Reveals He Designed the First Guns N’ Roses Logo
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash sat down with a German publication and talked about his plans after his tour with the Conspirators wraps up in August in addition to his drawings. Check out what he had to say about who designed the first Guns N’ Roses logo!
ZEIT ONLINE: You also draw yourself.
Slash: But just for fun. I designed the first Guns N ‘Roses logo, all our flyers – and my tattoos. Most of the time it was born out of necessity: it served my musical career. Now I draw only if I feel like scribbling a bit. I would never have imagined doing art to deny my life. It was just something that I knew how to do. On the other hand, for a long time I did not intend to become a musician. Although music has always been part of my life.
Bumblefoot Teams Up With David Ellefson
According to Blabbermouth
On a recent visit to Boston, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and ex-GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal spent a full evening talking with kids about their lives in the music business and sharing their hard-earned wisdom. A few lucky young people beamed as they strutted around with Bumblefoot‘s double-necked guitar around their necks. But the hands-down thrill of the evening for all in the room was a rocking jam session.
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