Slash Gives His Opinion on Led Zeppelin Cover Band Greta Van Fleet
Slash has once again voiced his support for GRETA VAN FLEET‘s success with “opening up doors for a lot of other kids” who are playing rock music for “all the right reasons.”
Despite the fact that GRETA VAN FLEET has been criticized for being unoriginal (which they are) and sounding exactly like LED ZEPPELIN, the Michigan band has wracked up millions of streams, late-night appearances, spots on the world’s biggest festivals.
Speaking to the Guitar Interactive, Slash was asked if he has an opinion on GRETA VAN FLEET. He responded (see video below): “Everybody keeps asking me [that]. I don’t, really. I can’t say that I listen to ’em, but I love the fact that they’re sort of coming from a pure place. I have to admit the stuff I heard does sound very reminiscent of ZEPPELIN, and I’ve heard some stories about how they were raised on that. And it’s all good. When they put out their next record, we’ll see if they can branch away from that and become their own band. But at the same time, the fact that they’re having success is opening up doors for a lot of other kids.”
Although there aren’t a lot of newer artists who can compete with their predecessors in terms of influence and popularity, Slash believes that “there’s a wave coming. There’s not really much else I can say, because I do my thing, and I’m sort of watching peripherally what’s happening, what everybody else is doing,” he said. “I have to admit, most of the bands that are putting out records that I listen to are bands that I’ve known for a long time — ALICE IN CHAINS‘ new record, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and FOO FIGHTERS; whatever. But there’s a thing happening, bubbling under the surface with kids right now that are going in rock and roll for what I would call all the right reasons, as opposed to trying to be celebrities before they can put together five chords. It seems like there’s a real attitude and a real hunger to do something that’s got some balls.”
Slash is continuing to tour in support of his latest album, “Living The Dream”, which was released in September via his own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.
Duff on Axl Rose and Slash Inspiring Him
Duff McKagan gave a new interview to Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF, Duff McKagan spoke about how his GUNS N’ ROSES bandmates Axl Rose and Slash inspire him to be a better musician.
“Watching Axl prepare for a show — an hour and a half [of] vocal warmups,” Duff said (hear audio below). “And then when he goes onstage and just kind of the thing that comes over him… That guy couldn’t phone in a gig… He couldn’t do it. He would die first, I think; you would have to shoot him in the head. And then the hour-and-a-half warmdowns. And watching Slash play guitar all day long, and then lose himself when we play the shows. Sometimes he’s just gone. When he’s [doing] his solo, I have to sometimes actually tap him on the foot, like, ‘Dude, come back into the song.’ ‘Oh, what? Okay.’ So that makes me work.”
He continued: “I don’t know if I’m as talented as those guys, so I feel like I always have to work twice as hard, and I love that. So I go in my basement. And my wife knows — I go to the basement. I’m there for six hours or seven hours. It’s just where I go to do my thing. Sometimes she’ll come down and I’ll play for her, and then she’ll go back, but she knows that’s the time when I’ve gotta put in my work, my hours. And I love putting in my hours.”
McKagan has kicked off a two-week North American solo tour last night (Thursday, May 30) in Philadelphia. McKagan is touring in support of his newly released solo album, “Tenderness”, alongside Shooter Jennings, who produced the LP, and members of Shooter‘s band.
GUNS N’ ROSES will play three festival shows in October — Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits and Exit 111. They will mark the band’s first live appearances since ending its reunion tour in December 2018.