Alice Cooper Reveals Slash’s Confession About Axl Rose

In their latest issue, Classic Rock presents an exclusive feature on the 50 greatest Guns N’ Roses songs. Alice Cooper, who was among the guests to uncover the stories behind the tracks, remembered a confession made by Slash about Axl Rose during their time in the studio.

Slash’s revelation came during the recording session of ‘The Garden,’ featuring Cooper:

“Slash has said Axl had been trying to sing like me, and they decided to get the real thing. There’s a certain amount of cynicism and dark humor in what I do. I think that’s why they wanted me on the song – they wanted it a little sinister. They just said: ‘Do it the way you would do it.'”

They quickly achieved the desired result in just two or three takes:

“Axl might have given me a couple of pointers, but we nailed it pretty quickly – in two or three takes – and I was surprised when he went: ‘Yeah, that sounds great.’ I didn’t hang out afterwards. I just said: ‘Guys, I know you’re gonna stay up for three days, so I’m gonna go home.’ We could laugh about that because they understood I’d been there once, too.”

The Godfather of Shock Rock also expressed his satisfaction with joining GNR in ‘Use Your Illusion’:

“I’ve sung a lot of different bits with a lot of different people, but it’s always great to be on a classic album. ‘Use Your Illusion’ is not just another album. It’s an album that will go down in history.”

Alice Cooper’s first collaboration with Guns N’ Roses came when they re-recorded ‘Under My Wheels’ in 1988, featuring a duet between the rocker and Axl Rose. Later, Cooper also appeared on the GNR song, ‘The Garden,’ released in 1991 as part of ‘Use Your Illusion I.’

You can listen to both songs below.