Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash discussed almost dying from drugs and alcohol after his fighting over the future of GNR led to a fallout with Axl Rose and his departure in the mid 90’s in a new Belfast Live interview.
“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 s**t. 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 s**t. And I drank myself through it, I did drugs through it and it was just like, textbook almost.”
Slash later got clean and sober for good in 2006, and he reunited with Guns N’ Roses in 2016.