The legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was recently interviewed with Consequence of Sound’s Jared James Nichols and talked about the special place of AC/DC in his heart while celebrating the Back in Black’s 40th Anniversary.
In this special video named AC/DC Back in Black 40th Anniversary: A Virtual Celebration, lots of legendary stars as Juanes, Dee Sniders, William DuVall performed to celebrate AC/DC’s iconic ‘Back In Black’ album that turned 40 years old this year and exposed their deep feelings about the band.
As Slash called Back in Back a killer record from top to toe, he also stated that ‘Hells Bells’ is his favorite guitar solo of all time and it was the record that made him play guitar. While praising the specific songs of the album, he defined the album as a battle cry for rock and roll at the same time.
Here is the statement of Slash:
“The first time I ever heard it was at my friend’s house. So this was 1980. And this was a crucial point in rock ‘n’ roll at that time because all my favorite bands had either disbanded or members had died.
And there was a lot of new music, but nothing really turned me on that much. And AC/DC, I was familiar with [1979’s] ‘Highway to Hell’ and I was familiar with [1976’s] ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,’ and I was into those two records.
But I didn’t know Bon Scott had died [in 1980], I didn’t know they had a new singer or any of that. And then all of a sudden ‘Back in Black’ came out, and it was like a battle cry for rock and roll and heavy metal at that time.”
“It was a killer record from start to finish – every song was good. The single ‘Back in Black’ was as good a single as a rock ‘n’ roll single gets. I think one of my favorite songs on the record was ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.’
And then, even to this day, one of my favorite guitar solos of all time is in ‘Hells Bells.’ So that particular record, it was pivotal for me. I just started playing guitar, and it was the first really great rock and roll band to come along in a little while.
And, obviously, it was a big record for AC/DC and garnered them a place in history books that would go on forever and ever after that.”
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