An excerpt of The Tribune’s July 10 interview with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash:
EW » In its year-plus of existence, "Apocalyptic Love" has spawned four hit singles and a wide-ranging tour. Did you expect this level of success, or has it been a pleasant surprise?
Slash » I’ve never been one to expect anything. I made what I thought was a good record, put it out, and figured we’d see how it goes. I feel really blessed and humbled at everything that’s happened.
EW » What has the experience been like of seeing a group that was only supposed to be the touring band for your first solo project become your writing and recording partners?
Slash » We started touring together, and I realized what a great unit we’d put together. So we decided to start writing; Myles [Kennedy] and I got started out on the road. After the tour was over, we had really established a chemistry. It’s really been very seamless.
EW » You’ve spent much of your career with the same guys from GN’R and Velvet Revolver; how different was it working with a completely different group?
Slash » Obviously, I’ve worked with the guys from Guns and Velvet Revolver a lot, but I also played in two different versions of Slash’s Snakepit, so it’s not that unusual for me to work with new guys.
EW » Are there any plans for another album with Myles and the Conspirators?
Slash » We’re actually working up the next one as we speak. Myles has a new album coming out and then a tour, so it’ll be after that. But I’m working on material, I’ll send it to him, and he’ll come in and record. It’ll be out early next year.
EW » How was it playing the recent Kings of Chaos shows in South Africa?
Slash » That was an experience — all the one-offs I was doing. And to travel to a country … as exotic as [South] Africa was amazing.
EW » Obviously there were plenty of people you’re familiar with, like Myles, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Dave Kushner. But how was it playing with artists you don’t usually perform with? I saw videos of you playing two songs with Collective Soul’s Ed Roland; that seems like such an odd pairing.
Slash » I didn’t even know who he was [at first]. I’d flown in and I only rehearsed with Glenn Hughes, Duff and Matt. And I’m looking at him going, ‘Who the [expletive] is that guy?’ And then he pulls out his guitar and starts playing that song [The World I Know]. And I’m going, ‘[Expletive], I love that song.’ Turns out, he wrote some of my favorite songs of the ’90s. He’s one of my favorite guys now. We had a great time.
EW » So no big issues as far as people not used to working together suddenly working together?Next Page >
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