Slash opened up about the new Guns N’ Roses album in a 101 WRIF Meltdown interview on Tuesday. He first began talking about the album, and the call dropped before he was able to get back on the line. Alternative Nation transcribed Slash’s comments.
“(Laughs) I guess that must have been sort of Axl [Rose] saying something, no. But to finish what I was saying, when we finish the tour in the fall then we will commence working on will end up being the next Guns record.”
He said he was cryptic in prior interviews because he didn’t want to mislead fans, “Yeah, the thing is we hadn’t really done anything yet, and I don’t like to say anything. You know how people promote shit and lie through their teeth? So I just wanted to be honest, and there was no telling what we were going to do at that point. But at this point, I do know we are going to do this one, and we’ve already started working on stuff. There you go.”
He was then asked about rumors that he secretly recorded at Axl Rose’s home in Malibu. A photo leaked of Slash’s gear at Rose’s home a few weeks ago, sadly ruining the surprise.
“It’s funny, because there was a rumor I was over there, yeah. It was before I had even been there. I was like Jesus Christ, that’s a pain in the ass and annoying. But I am excited about what we’ve got going on and everything, so it’s going to be cool. It’s awesome.”
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash revealed in a new Lanacion interview that once was arrested and sent to jail for stealing something for Steven Adler. Below are translated quotes.
Some time ago rock has been losing space in the mainstream compared to other genres and in songs that happen on the radio, even rock groups, there are fewer and fewer solos. Do you think they can disappear?
“There was always a reason to have guitar solos. That started around the 80s. From there, for all the pop music, it was like “well, we do not need guitar solos”. But in those years we did have many. Anyway, I do not worry about whether guitar solos should or should not be in popular music. I only do them because I like them in the music I record. I like to have a guitar solo.
Rock and roll is a kind of back seat for pop music. Now in ‘the top 40’ you find pop songs, hip hop and all that, that’s fine, but I think there’s going to be a new wave of rock and roll bands in the next few years. I think that’s going to be very exciting. We’ll see what happens.”
Is it true that you ended up imprisoned in your teens for stealing a tape at a Tower Records branch in Los Angeles?
“Yes! (laughs) I stole a cassette for Steven Adler – a former Guns N’Roses drummer – on his birthday. It was the first album in Boston. Later, sometime in 1984, I started working in a store of Tower Video, a store specialized in videos. I was there almost a year and a half.”