Check out Slash talking about his new Marshall AFD100 amp and playing a few AFD riffs while he’s at it… Slash also introduces Santiago (the Chief Engineer behind the amp) and also talks about his old Jubilee amps and his first Marshall signature amp head.
We all know that Slash is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Fans of his will also know him as the poster boy of booze and drugs in the 80s and 90s. But now that he has cleaned up his addictions, he says he’s much better off. Check out this interview conducted and written by John Dingwall of the Sunday Mail:
HE IS one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time …but Slash insists he’s sharper than ever after quitting drugs and booze.
The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, christened Saul Hudson, is loving every minute of his sobriety. His chronic chain-smoking days are over too.
That’s quite a turnaround for the critically-acclaimed guitarist who, after the Roses, founded Slash’s Snakepit and co-founded the successfu l Velvet Revolver with former Roses bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.
But despite being under the influence the guitarist – ranked No.2 in Time Magazine’s list of top 10 electric guitar players of all time – always somehow managed to stay on top form.
He explained: “I’d always been pretty good at being able to play no matter what. I managed to maintain things pretty well. I wasn’t a fall-down drunk. But all things considered, I sort of burned out on that. I think I just over excessed and got to the point that I really wasn’t enjoying it.
“I finally conquered that demon but it took me years. As a non-drinker and not doing drugs, I find that not being intoxicated at all lends itself to me being sharp.
“My reflexes are a lot better and my ability to concentrate and hit the notes on the fret board is as immediate as they come to my mind. Everything is more accurate, especially for the live performances which is when I improvise a lot. I find my spontaneity means I am able to connect faster than when I was drinking.”
The 45-year-old, born in Stoke-on-Trent, attributes his decision to leave his crazy years behind him to the fact that he’s still around in the music industry doing his thing.
He explains: “I’m in perfect shape but it is truly amazing that I am still around. I took that as an omen and figured I’m not going anywhere so I might as well make the best of it.
“I don’t wake up and make a cocktail first thing in the morning these days. I don’t have a lot of vices I have to deal with first thing. I was a slave to my addiction, and had to take care of those first, so I don’t have that any more. It leaves more time to be productive.”
With his trademark style – that hat, the shades and long mass of unruly, curly hair – Slash was always one of the world’s most iconic rockers.
And he plays up to the rock legend image in the video for his forthcoming single, Beautiful Dangerous, which features Black Eyed Peas beauty Fergie.
The American singer plays a rock groupie-turned-stalker who ties Slash to a bed before deciding to live out her deranged fantasies.
Slash admits that it wasn’t too much of a reach for him to play the guitarist that rock chick groupies lust after.
He said: “It was fun to do, you know. Fergie’s great and it was probably the easiest concept shoot that I’ve done, at least in recent memory.
“It was several one-day shoots and two locations a block away from each other. I was tied up. It was one of those videos where we had a very loose treatment and idea of what the video was basically about and we just sort of made it up as we went along.”
He added: “I’ve had stalkers, none as crazy or as attractive as Fergie. Stalkers, real stalkers, are no joke or something to laugh at. The real ones tend to be dangerous or psychotic nuisances. This was an exaggeration on a theme. In reality, I have never been drugged against my will. I have never been tied up against my will. It’s always been consensual.”
Fergie was one of several vocalists drafted in by Slash for his eponymous solo album but he insists those who made it on there were not part of some fantasy duets wishlist.
Instead, Slash only asked people he knew and thought would be perfect for the songs he had in mind.
On the album, an all-star roster of guest vocalists includes Ian Astbury, Myles Kennedy and Kid Rock.
Slash recalled: “I would just write music and put together arrangements and think in my mind’s eye who would be t he right vocalist for that piece of music. It was quite simple.
“A lot of people think there’s a lot of forethought that goes into these collaborations, like some sort of dream list or something. It’s more of a spontaneous sort of thing.
“I always have a guitar by my side and I’m always out in circles where musicians hang out, or I’m in situations where I’m exposed to lots of different artists.
“I jump at the chance to work with people when the opportunity arises. That’s basically how these different collaborations happen. When I did the record, though, it was about trying to find the vocalist who was appropriate for each song. So those were very specific.
“It’s not really about putting together fantastical partnerships that I think in my imagination would be great. I haven’t really done that.”
Having known Iggy Pop since childhood, it seemed natural that he should join those helping Slash on the album.
“I have done a lot of work with Iggy,” Slash said. “We’ve done a lot of live performances together. I’ve played on a bunch of tracks on his Brick By Brick record and we did a video for a t rack from that record.
“I did a song with him and Lenny Kravitz back in the early ’90s which was never released that was really cool. So we have an ongoing relationship.
“I had this one song that screamed out for Iggy Pop so I called him up. He is the epitome of what you’d want to think a real rock ‘n’ roll guy is like. If it catches his ear, then he is off and running.
“I met him under strange circumstances when I was really little and I vaguely remember the details of all that. I ended up seeing him years later as an adult. At that point, I was a musician and we hit it off. Duff and I hung out with him at the same time and Duff is a die-hard Iggy Pop fan. We have remained friends ever since.”
Having received countless accolades and awards, including a 2007 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, Slash’s signature guitar riffs on songs such as Sweet Child O’ Mine and Welcome To The Jungle helped rock legends Guns N’ Roses to dominate the music scene through the 1980s and ’90s, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.
He hates to disappoint those die-hard Guns N’ Roses fans but Slash insists he’ll never step into the studio with Axl Rose again.
He explained: “It’s been 14 years. I haven’t spoken to him in all that time. There really is no relationship. That’s why it is frustrating when people ask about band reunions and what’s going on.
“Fourteen years is a long time to not be in a band for people to still be a sking about that. Having said t hat, it’s an appreciation, I guess, for the band from a lot of fans who care about it that much.
“It’s very flattering that after all that time that the original line-up still has that appreciation. I try not to scoff about it that much but the Axl question is redundant.”
After the band’s break-up, Slash went on to have global success as a guitarist and has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jack son to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles.
The good news is that although he’s currently having some time off, the guitarist is planning another solo album with Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy providing the vocals. After that, he plans to head back out on the road in 2011 and Scotland will be on the tourschedule.
He said: “I am on a break while Myles is out on his Alter Bridge tour then we are out in January until mid-April then Alter Bridge goes out again.
“Then we’ll do a proper UK tour and European tour and we’ll come to Scotland because, put it this way, we always have a great time. Simple as that. I love Scotland. It’s beautiful countryside. The people are great and I love the pubs and the gigs. I’ve always had a great time.”
In addition to that, Slash has also promised that Velvet Revolver will make a resurgence.
He revealed: “We are going to go in and try out a couple of new singers. The band itself is fine . It’s just a matter of patching that hole. Nothing can happen until we do that. It has been quiet but there are things going on.”
Beautiful Dangerous is released in the UK through Roadrunner Records on the February 27, 2011.
The album Slash is out now, while the special edition is due to be released on March 7, 2011.
Chris George from Marshall gives us a demo of what the new Marshall AFD100 can do…
Slash has joined Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the NOH8 Campaign against Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban.
As seen in the pic, Slash has the familiar “NOH8” slogan on his top hat.
The campaign, which raises funds and awareness to defeat Proposition 8, is helmed by photographer-activist Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshley.
The ultra sexy video has Fergie portraying a leather lingerie wearing crazed fan. Things get racy when the singer ties Slash to a bed, kisses him and even teases him with a knife. Man, she has a beautiful behind…
“Fergie came up with the idea for the ‘Beautiful Dangerous’ video. I knew that the way she had it set up it was going to be a showcase for her to be really fucking awesome,” said the legendary guitarist.
“Well, I really just wanted to stalk him. I thought it would be great. Just a normal day at the office really. I’m going to have my way with him [in the video]. You’ll have to watch,” said Fergie. “I thoroughly enjoyed playing the psychotic character.”
“If you’re going to be stalked by anybody, there’s nobody better to be stalked by then Fergie,” added Slash.
And a behind the scenes video:
It was first reported in August that Slash had left Perla in an acrimonious split (see this post). However, it seems that Slash changed his mind and decided to call off the divorce and dismissed the case in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Slash had always credited his family for helping him “get rid off all the hardcore stuff” that he used to be on…
Here’s some pics to prove that the Hudsons are indeed one happy family – Slash & Family trick or treating around their neighbourhood on October 31, 2010:
Dora the Explorer, Nickelodeon’s global pre-school cartoon heroine, celebrates her 10th birthday this month and she is celebrating her birthday in style – she has recruited a few celebrity friends, UK and Stateside, to design one-off backpacks which will be auctioned off for UNICEF on 29th of September – 9th October.
To encourage Brits to get out and have new adventures in their everyday lives – big or small – Dora’s Beyond The Backpack Foundation has been set up, inviting people to apply for funding to experience more adventure.
A-list film and pop stars, models and rock royalty are supporting the campaign and have designed nine bespoke limited edition Dora the Explorer backpacks to be auctioned for UNICEF.
Slash has designed a really cool bag which would be suitable for both sexes and includes a sewn in label, with an original signature:
To bid on this bag on eBay, click on this link: Slash’s ‘Dora The Explorer’ Backpack – Exclusively Designed And Limited Edition.
And here’s another link to the actual Dora Beyond The Backpack Foundation initiative site.
Go check it out!
Artisan News Service has reported that Slash will be holding auditions for his super group Velvet Revolver in October.
As you guys may know, Scott Weiland left the band in 2008 amidst much news about his drug problems and erratic behaviour.
Some of you may wonder if Myles Kennedy, who’s doing a brilliant job as lead vocalist on Slash’s solo tour, will be filling in the position. Unfortunately, Myles turned down the position as his other band, Alterbridge, gets priority. I think that’s a real stand up thing to do, IMHO.
Slash of course, has had his fair share of volatile lead singers… and Myles apparently has restored his faith in singers – in an interview with Triple M, Australia, Slash says, “He’s a guitar player… he discovered singing as a last ditch effort to avoid having to deal with other asshole lead singers,” he laughs before continuing, “”He’s got a great demeanour, ‘cos he’s a guitar player, so he’s very laid back, sort of soft-spoken and not real demanding,” Of the other 2 singers he worked with previously? “They’re great guys, they’re just high maintenance…” he smiles.
What do you guys think of Myles turning down the job?
Can’t get enough of the SLASH album? Then mark September 28th on your calendars.
On that day, Slash will be releasing a deluxe edition of SLASH – you’ll get 3 discs worth of audio and video content along with an updated 12 panel booklet, limited edition guitar pick and redeemable interactive fan poster.
It’ll also include 2 early demo tracks, 5 bonus songs including Slash and Kohshi Inaba’s recording of “Sahara”, a behind-the-scenes-in-studio video documentary, videos, 2 songs recorded Live from the launch of MTV Classic in Australia in April 2010, 3 acoustic songs recorded Live at XFM in London w/ Myles Kennedy in May 2010, including a cover of “Sweet Child of Mine”, 2 songs recorded Live during Slash’s solo show at the Manchester Academy in July 2010, including “Watch This” and “Nightrain” and plenty more.
Sounds like it’s worth waiting for.
According to celebrity website TMZ, Slash and his wife of 9 years, Perla Ferrar are getting a divorce.
Documents obtained from Los Angeles Superior Court by TMZ reports “irreconcilable differences” as the reason why Slash split with Perla.
It was also stated that Slash had been seperated from Perla since July 15, 2010. The couple have 2 sons, London aged 8 and Cash, aged 4.
Slash is seeking joint physical and legal custody of the 2 boys and has said that he is willing to pay Perla spousal support. The couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement.
However, TMZ adds that a source close to the couple has said that “the breakup is extremely acrimonious.”
Messages left with Slash’s attorney, Laura Wasser — who has handled dissolutions for a list of high-profile clients, like Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Kiefer Sutherland — seeking comment were not returned by press time. E-mails to Slash’s rep were also unanswered.
Slash and 35 year old Perla Ferrar exchanged vows in Hawaii back in October 2001.
For what it’s worth, here’s wishing them both well…