Guns N’ Roses’ Slash Names The Perfect Aerosmith Record
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash gave an interview to Revolver’s Fan First, during which he revealed the Aerosmith record he considers perfect while sharing a crazy memory he has featuring it.
Slash’s interest in rock music increased after hearing his school teacher play Led Zeppelin and Cream when he was young. Among his other influences was Aerosmith, which was his favorite band and inspired him to play guitar. In the summer of 2014, Slash had a chance to perform with Aerosmith, opening for them during the Let Rock Rule Tour.
On the other hand, the guitarist also provided some artwork for the band’s 2012 album ‘Music From Another Dimension!,’ reproducing a picture of Aerosmith drawn by him when he was a teenager. In the interview with Revolver’s Fan First, the host Christina Rowatt asked Slash about his perfect rock records, and Slash cited Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’ among them.
Rowatt then recalled an incident they had heard about when the guitarist was listening to ‘Rocks’ with a girl, and the album captivated his attention to the point that he lost interest in the girl. As a response, Slash said ‘Rocks’ could easily pull him out of a conversation. He then admitted that that particular incident was a major turning point in his life as it set him off in the direction he would follow.
Following that, Slash recalled the first time he heard the ‘Rocks’ album at a party. The guitarist said that the album was playing in the background at the party, and he was just focused on listening to it. He then recalled listening to ‘Rocks’ again at that girl’s house, and it instantly took him over. As Slash said, Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’ was the album that influenced him most.
During the interview by Revolver’s Fan First, the host Christina Rowatt asked Slash the following:
“What are your top three perfect rock records that have everything and all the elements?”
Slash then responded:
“My favorite, one of my favorite ones at least, was Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’ record, which was a big influence on me.”
Christina Rowatt then asked him:
“You and your book talk about listening to Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’ with a girl in her bedroom, and you completely lost interest in the girl and are just transfixed by the album. Has that ever happened again?”
As a response, Slash said:
“That was the key record that sort of took me over at a time when I was susceptible to that. I mean, I’ve heard a lot of amazing records that have had a big influence on me and will take me out of a conversation. No problem, I could be talking to somebody here or something, and then go there.
But this particular moment, this particular incident was really was like a major turning point in my life at that time. It really sort of set me off in the direction that I was going to go.
It happened first at a party. I was at a party hanging out with a lot of kids that were a lot older than me. I was at this party, and that record was on in the background. It was the first time I ever heard it, and it caught my attention then.
So there I was, alone, surrounded by all these people and just focusing on the sound coming from those speakers. You know, like one of those special effects in the movie where everything [is moving] and then there’s a stationary object.
Anyway, and then, I don’t know how long it was, a couple of weeks or a month, or whatever it was. I heard the record again at that girl’s house, and it took me over. So, it was definitely the influence that was going to set me in the direction that I was going to go.”
You can watch the full interview below.