Slash Opens Up About Guns N’ Roses Becoming ‘Other People’s Band’

Slash recently joined an interview with Revolver Magazine and responded to some questions considering Guns N’ Roses’ career. The guitarist admitted that the way he perceived the band’s work changed when they became ‘other people’s band.’

Although he’s often assumed to be one of Guns N’ Roses’ founding members, Slash was actually hired shortly after the band’s formation in 1985. He became one of the band’s icons and contributed immensely to their success. However, the tensions between the guitarist and Axl Rose and the departure of Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler encouraged Slash to quit GN’R in 1996.

The guitar icon returned to the band in 2o15, after Billboard reported that Guns N’ Roses would headline at Coachella in 2016. Since then, the band members have been getting along pretty well, and the guitarist recently revealed that they had a conversation with Axl Rose following the Coachella performance, which helped them get over the hump.

In his recent interview, Slash was asked to comment on Guns N’ Roses’ impact since the beginning of their career. Slash said that he still struggles to understand how they have managed to have such an influence since he initially perceived GN’R as an ‘insular’ band, but following the success of their records, they in a way became ‘other people’s.’

Slash said that he finds it remarkable how something that you create while hanging out can reach such a broad audience and that people may be listening to it at any given moment. He said that he found a way to empathize with their fans by thinking about the albums that have touched him in a similar way, which helped him understand how their work has affected their fans.

Here’s what Slash responded when the interviewer talked about the impact Guns N’ Roses have had on rock fans:

“That’s such a foreign prospect for me. You are into it as this sort of insular band, and then it becomes other people’s; it’s almost not tangible; it’s almost fantastical that people might be listening to your record and taking it in at any given time. I find in my travels, you know, people will come up to you and tell you stuff, and the only way that I really relate to it is that I think of records that did that for me.

So, you have to be telling the truth, like ‘I went through that with this record or that record.’ Otherwise, it’s hard to believe that your stuff, that something that you sat around and came up with while in the studio and recorded is actually out there affecting people.”

You can check out Slash’s recent conversation below.