Slash Reveals What Almost Killed Him In Velvet Revolver

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Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was asked how close to drinking and drugging himself to death he came in a new Kerrang interview, and he mentioned the Velvet Revolver days in the 2000’s being pretty bad.

“I had enough of those experiences where most people would go, ‘Okay, I’m done with this,’ but it didn’t put any fear into me whatsoever. I kept doing whatever it was I was doing. So all things considered, I managed to function and keep going. It didn’t really become an issue until 2005. There was a period in 2001 when I was really sick from alcohol poisoning and that slowed me down for a minute, and then it started back up again.

2004 and 2005 was pretty bad and finally, in 2006, I was like, ‘You know what? This isn’t fun any more. You can’t recreate that initial fucking buzz you had back in 1980-something, it’s never going to get that good again.’ And I slowly and surely got out, but it was really hard to get out from underneath all that dependency.”

The Guns N’ Roses fan podcast Appetite for Distortion has uploaded a new episode: This episode features a candid interview with Styper frontman, Michael Sweet. With a different approach than GNR and Axl, Michael is very transparent with his beliefs, lyrics, and message.

Michael updates us on new Stryper music, a solo record, and a documentary in the works. How do we compare a Christian metal band to Guns? Only one way to find out…

Listen to “Ep. 106 – Michael Sweet talks Stryper, Documentaries, and GNR Cross” on Spreaker.