Back on the PR circuit for his forthcoming solo album with Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Slash has naturally found himself fielding questions about Guns N’ Roses.
Speaking with Yahoo! Music, the perennially top-hatted Les Paul-slinger shared his thoughts on the #MeToo movement, as well as the way that the current PC climate is affecting rock n’ roll, and how he thinks GNR’s music would be perceived if released today.
“I think when the #MeToo thing really blew up, the thought crossed my mind of a bunch of musicians, not particular ones, but just musicians [who might be implicated],” the rock legend told the publication.
“But for the most part, as far as all the ones I know, it wasn’t like that. We didn’t have that particular [predatory] relationship with girls. It was a lot more the other way around, in some cases!” (If you don’t know what he means by that then we suggest reading his autobio)
“Anyway, so some of the songs and all that were sort of sexist in their own way, but not to be taken that seriously,” Slash confessed. “I don’t think they were malicious or anything.”
Needless to say, if that rumoured new Gunners album does ever materialise, we doubt we’ll be hearing another track like ‘Used To Love Her’!
During the chat, Slash was also asked if rock music has become too ‘safe’ or too ‘PC’, to which he responded: “That sort of [dangerous] spirit, it’s still around. It’s still inherent in metal bands. It’s still inherent in young bands who have something that they want to express that maybe they’re not having the easiest time dealing with.
“But that attitude really is not something fabricated, and so right now at this particular point in time, a lot of bands or a lot of artists are doing a lot of different things — and not much of it is really rock n’ roll,” he continued.
“There’s nothing to rebel against… I think trying to figure out how to have the attitude in your music, and songs, and so forth, is probably difficult for a lot of young bands because now it’s about politics again. So we’ll see what that turns into.”
Slash’s new album Living The Dream is slated to land on September 21st. It marks the legendary human riff machine’s fourth solo record (his third with Myles Kennedy & co).
You can pre-order it now from JB HIFI for your chance to win a trip to LA to see Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators up close at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
Hopefully they’ll come back to Australia soon either way, though!