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Q&A with rock guitarist Slash


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» I understand what you’re saying there. But I’m a professional, so you learn how to adapt and work with personalities. If you’re professional, you learn to deal with the different sides of people.

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EW » It seems like you do a lot of guest spots on other artists’ songs. Some are obvious, like Alice Cooper, Steven Adler or Halestorm, who you toured with recently. Others are more eclectic and esoteric. Just looking at a list of your guest appearances recently, I saw the country act Williams Riley Band, Italian rock singer Vasco Rossi, and a song you did for the cartoon "Phineas & Ferb." How do you choose which projects to play on?

Slash » Usually, there’s a mutual friend or producer involved, especially with some of that obscure stuff. Really, though, it depends on the song. These things come out of the blue. I love to play, I love to jam, and I think I’m just trying to add something, trying to enhance a song if I can.

EW » Is there anyone you’d really love to work with who you haven’t yet?

Slash » No, there’s no one I’m seeking out. I don’t do that. The first solo record was really the only time anything like that was pre-planned, where I’m calling people up and asking, "Will you sing on my record?"

EW » I’ve seen you posting recently about "Nothing Left to Fear," the upcoming movie from your horror film company, Slasher Films. What’s it been like working in movies as opposed to music?

Slash » It’s definitely different — it’s a much slower-paced industry. There’s a lot of loopholes you can fall into and never get out of. But it’s been a ton of fun and a learning experience. It’s really enlightening creatively. I also did the soundtrack [for Nothing Left to Fear]. I’ve done scores before, and it definitely brings out a different side of me. I don’t know where that music is coming from.


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EW » I saw another post about Andy Murray’s recent win at Wimbledon. Was that just a shout-out to a fellow native Briton? I know you were involved in BMX as a kid; are you a sports fan?

Slash » He’s from the U.K., and I’ve been watching him struggle to get to where he is. So it was cool seeing him beat [Novak] Djokovic. I’m not an avid sports fan; I’m just around it a lot. You’re on the road, you watch TV a lot. And the crew watches a lot. So you start to root for the people you’re around.

EW » So, what can fans who show up to see you play July 24 expect to see?

Slash » It’s gonna be a blast. It’ll be the first time this band has played Park City. And just knowing what Utah fans are like, it’s gonna be awesome.



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