Slash Reveals How Axl Rose Is ‘Channeling’ Scott Weiland


Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash discussed Axl Rose ‘channeling’ Scott Weiland when GNR perform the Velvet Revolver classic “Slither” in a new interview with Clay Marshall (via Blabbermouth).

“If you got a hold of an old set list from 2016, you saw there was a set list and then there was an alternate set, which was just songs that we could do audibles with [and] move shit around. It was on there, and the band actually jammed it way early on just to get the groove together and all that. But it just never came up. Then, when we went into rehearsals for the European tour, Axl [Rose, vocals] came in [and went], ‘Let’s try ‘Slither’.’ It was never even something that we’ve talked about, but hearing Axl do it, considering he’s channeling a little bit of Scott in that, and then Duff and I sort of having been with that song since its inception, the three of us doing it together was very cool. I couldn’t put a verbal description of that feeling, but that was cool.”

He also discussed playing Chinese Democracy material.

“Any of the ‘Chinese Democracy’ stuff, the way that that stuff evolved was really Duff and I sort of learning the songs and the integrity of the songs and playing it the way that we would play them. They’re such different musicians that actually recorded, so they ended up sounding the way that they ended up sounding, but the arrangements are more or less the same. We did change the intro… that was actually just some idea, something that came actually from another piece of material, and it just somehow morphed into the intro for that song because it was so cool.”