David Bowie’s Advice During Slash’s Heaviest Time

No one is immune from addiction, and it afflicts most people in different ways and forms. Yes, we can’t disregard that fact the rock and roll world has seen the good, the ugly, and everything in between regarding substance abuse. At the end of the day, some had to say goodbye to life, while some were lucky enough to get back up again after falling down multiple times.

That is where Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s journey with addiction took him. After falling many times, the musician had life in him to stand up the next time, which, unfortunately, not many artists in the industry get to achieve. So if the road to recovery is having the perseverance to fight the need, there’s also a great deal of importance of who you surround yourself with and who you consider mentors or people who can guide you to a better place.

For Slash, when he was going through the thick of it, and his addiction had reached its peak, the drugs weren’t hitting the same craving they once did; the shift had begun. He had started to have hallucinations and even gone through alcohol poisoning. So, the guitarist had to take a good look at where his life was going if he kept this type of lifestyle up. He had to fight every day, and one person was really helpful during his heaviest time, and he was none other than David Bowie.

“David Bowie, once, when I was going through my serious hallucination phase,” Slash said when asked whether anyone had offered him helpful advice during his tough times. “I talked to him about it because it was disturbing. Was this when I was seriously drinking? This was more drug-related.”

He continued, recalling his conversation with Bowie, “And he’d said, ‘No, you’re probably in a bad place right now, and you have become vulnerable to a lot of outside interaction with things that people don’t normally see, and you’ve exposed yourself to this.’ And I was like, ‘Woah! That’s heavy,’ But that was a sound piece of advice. Or maybe an eye-opening clarification of the state of mind I was in.”

Slash’s deep chat with David Bowie helped him see what point he was at in his life and mental state. It took him from the late 1980s and well into the ’90s to figure out he was on a slippery slope. So slowly but in good time, Slash was able to bring himself out of his addiction.

It definitely wasn’t a walk in the park or something where he had an epiphany, and the next day he was cured, but he gave it his best shot. Slash also learned to let it go to voicemail if the past ever called, as he knew that it had nothing new to say that he hadn’t heard of before.