Slash was asked about the controversy surrounding Axl Rose using the n-word on “One in a Million” in a new Yahoo interview when asked if GNR would get canceled today.
“I haven’t actually haven’t thought about it in that context. I mean, I really, to be honest, I haven’t really thought about all that [scandalous stuff] that much recently,” Slash tells Yahoo, when asked about G N’ R Lies. “But now that you mention it, most of everything that [Guns N’ Roses] did would’ve gotten us canceled in this day and age.
We would not have fared well in this environment, for sure — I mean, on so many different levels. But I mean, a lot of things from back then would not be what you consider acceptable at this moment in time. … I’m just glad that we didn’t have the internet back then! It would’ve been a different world altogether. But anyway, I don’t dwell on all that stuff. It just is what it is.”
He later said about his music upbringing in Los Angeles, “I grew up in that very bohemian, artistic environment — tons and tons and tons of music. I never aspired to be a musician, but I loved listening to records. … I didn’t think about an instrument until I just sort of accidentally picked up the guitar, when I was just about 15. It was right before my 15th birthday. And then, that just changed everything. So, I guess I was groomed for it, but I just didn’t know.”