Slash Talks About Almost Dying After Leaving Guns N’ Roses
Slash spoke to Belfast Live recently and talked about how his dark days following him leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1996. He said the following:
He said: “In the 90s when I left Guns N’ Roses I was just sort of out there.
“I was drinking myself to death, I was out playing all over the place, I had no real direction I was going or any real concrete idea as to what I was going to be doing for any predetermined amount of time. It was very excessive.
“I’d left my band, I was getting divorced, I was going through all this stuff. I had record company issues. It was really classic rock’n’roll life – the bad side.
From 1985 up until 1994, I had been under the wing of [record company] Geffen, everything was great.
“Guns got to be the biggest band in the world. That was all great.
“When I left I left all that security behind and went through all this crazy stuff. And I drank myself through it, I did drugs through it and it was just like, textbook almost.”
Slash revealed he struggled heavily with addiction “through the early millennium, up through 2005”.
He said: “Velvet Revolver started and just because of the nature of the band – and it’s my own fault – but within that context it was easy to do.
“I got completely strung out again and at that point I realised there was nothing about being strung out that reminded me of anything like when I first started doing drugs. It was pretty miserable.
“And then after that, with alcohol, nothing was doing it for me and I decided I had to stop. \
Slash Talks to BelfastLive About New Guns N’ Roses Record
According to Blabbermouth, Slash discussed Guns N’ Roses future plans saying:
Slash has told BelfastLive in a new interview that work on a new GUNS N’ ROSES album could commence at the end of this year.
Asked if the band has started writing together yet, the guitarist, who has been busy playing shows with his solo band, SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, said: “I wouldn’t say we’ve really sat down and had those sessions yet.”
He continued: “The CONSPIRATORS are finishing up in mid-August and then GUNS is going out in late September/October, so in the fall. But at the same time, we’re focused on working towards this new record that everybody’s been asking about. So start focusing on that in earnest. And that’s it. I’m not thinking about anything else while that is going on. That’s really the main focus. By the time the CONSPIRATORS tour is done, I will have written enough material for the next CONSPIRATORS record that whenever that break comes up with GUNS N’ ROSES we can go on to do that. We’ll just juggle all this stuff, schedules permitting.”
Asked what the new GUNS N’ ROSES album will be like, he said: “I have no idea. I really couldn’t tell you. It’s like anything else — you don’t know what it is until it’s done.”
Earlier in the month, GUNS N’ ROSES was announced as the first act for the 2019 edition of the Louder Than Life festival, which runs between September 27 and September 29 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This will mark the first live appearance for GUNS since they played in Hawaii in December 2018.
GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Not In This Lifetime” tour began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018