Steve Lukather’s Son Auditioned For Slash’s Part In Guns N’ Roses: ‘GN’R Fans Destroyed Me’
In a recent appearance on Appetite for Distortion, Steve Lukather’s son Trevor shared his experience of auditioning for Guns N’ Roses at the age of 18, highlighting the challenges he faced and the backlash from fans.
Reflecting on his audition for the band, Trevor admitted feeling unprepared for the task of filling Slash’s shoes, saying:
“I actually auditioned for Guns N’ Roses when I was 18 years old, and I was so not ready for it. It was one of those things where it’s like, ‘Well, of course, I’m gonna do it’ because it’s just cool to be in the room, but Slash wasn’t in the band at the time, and I didn’t know that I’d to fill the Slash roll, which clearly I wasn’t ready for that at 18 years old.”
Entering The Audition Room
He continued, detailing his audition:
“I mainly did the rhythm stuff. I must have looked 12 walking in there. I can only imagine what these guys thought; they probably looked at me like, ‘Wow.’ And they obviously knew that I was my pop’s kid. So, like, maybe he’s some savant young genius kid, but I was just a rhythm guy. So, me doing the Slash solos, I wasn’t really Mr. Shredder. So I did okay, but what I remember is it was kind of… I was not proud of myself. Obviously, I didn’t get the gig.”
Facing Criticism And Backlash
Despite his efforts, Lukather faced criticism from GNR fans following his audition, as he noted:
“Some German radio station got a hold of the fact that I auditioned, and they put my picture up that I was playing with Lindsay Lohan. And I got five pages of pure destruction on me. People didn’t even know my playing, the way I looked, where I came from. It was like, ‘What the f*ck.’ It was all these GNR fans who were just destroying me, and I cried. I was young, and I never experienced that kind of face-melting from strangers before.”
Trevor’s journey in the music industry has been shaped by his family’s musical legacy. Inspired by his father’s performances from a young age, Lukather embarked on his own musical path, transitioning from drums to guitar and eventually pursuing a music career. With the release of his debut solo album, ‘Invisible Friends,’ in 2023 and his involvement in the band The Effect, Lukather is carving out his own path in the industry.
You can watch his interview below.