The legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash recently joined in for an interview with Guitar World. He discussed playing Chinese Democracy material originally written by guitarists like Bumblefoot, Buckethead, and Robin Finck.
Slash opens up on the album
During the interview, he was asked if he put his own stamp on the Chinese Democracy parts. He went on to reply in affirmation. Here is what he said:
“Yeah, if there’s a signature part like the hook or something, I want to be recognisable, but the way I go about playing it is probably entirely different from how the original guys played. It’s definitely my own interpretation.”
Slash also discussed a solo song with The Conspirators. On April Fool, the two guitars play variations on the same riff, panned left and right and it has been noted that it is similar to how he used to play with rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin in Guns N’ Roses’ early days. He was then asked how it has been developed, to which he said:
“I’ll come up with an idea and start jamming it with the guys. Unless I have a specific part, they just make up whatever. Frank [Sidoris, Conspirators rhythm guitarist] just goes along with it in his own fashion. We don’t spend a lot of time analyzing the guitar parts as long as it works. Sometimes it inspires different ideas for syncopation, but for the most part we just start playing and people make up whatever they want until it starts to jump.”
The latest tour of the band recently concluded in October last year and there are more dates this summer, including massive outdoor shows in London and throughout Europe. A new EP was released in February featuring Hard Skool, one of two recently released tracks originally recorded during Slash and Duff’s absence for the 2008 album Chinese Democracy.
It was re-recorded with the current line-up. They have also begun working on a new album. This marks the first since Chinese Democracy, and the first with Slash and Duff since the covers album, The Spaghetti Incident? in 1993.