Frank Ferrer Talks About The Hardest Thing About Playing in Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer discussed the most difficult thing about playing in the band during an interview with “Appetite for Distortion Podcast.” He compared the different eras within the band when talking about their drummers and how he interprets each song on the setlist saying:
“That’s a really good question because there’s three eras in Guns: there’s the ‘Appetite [for Destruction]’ era with Steven [Adler]; there’s the ‘[Use Your] Illusion’ with Matt [Sorum], and then there’s the ‘Brain’ [Bryan Mantia] and Josh Freese ‘Chinese Democracy.’
“And all three eras are really unique. The ‘Appetite’ songs don’t sound like the ‘Illusion’ songs. They don’t have the same feel. So, the toughest part…
“I mean, in a weird way, it’s almost kind of like all of ’em, especially from the Sorum-Adler era. And what I try to do as a groove drummer is try to sit somewhere in between both drummers, so you still have a punk rocky, off-the-rails kind of feel, but then a nice, solid, dependable foundation, like Sorum gives you.
“So, it’s kind of challenging. Now, the ‘Chinese Democracy’ stuff is more straight-ahead. The challenges I have with that is playing it more like Brain played them, even though I was able to add some stuff myself later on, once I joined the band.
“The toughest part is finding the right groove in between those two eras – the first two eras – I think.
“And I think especially with Slash [guitar] and Duff [McKagan, bass] in the band now, because it was their era, they wrote that stuff – it’s their music – I’m able to find a nice spot where those guys are really comfortable playing the songs.
“But I’m also comfortable playing from my heart without being cerebral and having to think too much about the parts. So, I would say somewhere in between those two drummers.”