Slash’s Confession About Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’


Guns N’ Roses’ origin story started when Hollywood Rose’s Izzy Stradlin advised his flatmate and L.A. Guns’ Tracii Guns to hire Axl Rose as the band’s new singer. Then, the initial plan changed, and they decided to form a new band, GN’R 1985, which consisted of Rose, Stradlin, drummer Rob Gardner, and bassist Ole Beich. The band underwent several lineup changes for several reasons, such as disagreements and disputes.

The band’s classic lineup included Rose, Slash, Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler, and the newbie rock band started to work on their first project, which would bring great success and popularity to the Guns N’ Roses members in a short time. However, guitarist Slash had different ideas about a song from the debut record. Let’s learn more about the musician’s perspective on this famous track, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’

What Did Slash Think About The GN’R Hit?


Guns N’ Roses released their first studio album ‘Appetite for Destruction’ on July 21, 1987, which received positive reviews from rock music lovers and critics worldwide. Although the record didn’t gain commercial success when it was released, it hit the charts the following year. The album’s tracks ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ ‘Paradise City,’ and ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ became some of their most popular songs.

‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ had a different and unique style compared to other GN’R songs characterized by hard rock riffs and lyrics. Thus, it has always split the band’s longtime and dedicated fans in two; some of them found it unsuitable, while others loved this change. The critics and music journalists have praised ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ by placing it on the lists for the best guitar solos and songs everyone needs to listen.

In his conversation with an Australian TV channel, the GN’R guitarist Slash opened up about the famous track, saying that he wasn’t a fan of the work when they first released it. The main reason behind that was that the song was an uptempo ballad, even though they were more focused on the hard rock genre. Then, the guitarist admitted that he never expected the song’s riff to become as popular as it did.

In Slash’s words, he said:

“You know what happens is you come up with something you think is cool, but how it’s going to translate to other people, you never know. I was the guy who initially was not a big fan of ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ back in the day.

That was more not because of the riff, it was more about the type of song it was at the time because we were a pretty hard-driving band, and that was an uptempo ballad type of a thing. So it’s grown on me over the years, but that’s a riff that I never knew was going to take off the way it did.”

Along with the lead guitarist, frontman Axl Rose also criticized its radio edit during an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, as it cut Slash’s solo part, which he admired the most. Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ is still a hit and most fans’ favorite song of the band, and its official music video has been viewed by more than one billion people on YouTube. Its comment section is full of kind words praising its quality in terms of sound and lyrics.

You can listen to the song below.