Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was recently interviewed by Belfast Live and revealed an untold story about his fight against drug and alcohol.

Here’s the statement:

“Velvet Revolver started and just because of the nature of the band – and it’s my own fault – but within that context it was easy to do. I got completely strung out again and at that point I realised there was nothing about being strung out that reminded me of anything like when I first started doing drugs. It was pretty miserable.

And then after that, with alcohol, nothing was doing it for me and I decided I had to stop. I had two kids and I was living in a hotel because I couldn’t be around them.

It all sort of came to a head and I thought I needed to go to some sort of facility and just get away from everybody for a month and I’ll clean up.

I really embraced it and I came out of it really happy and all that energy I was putting towards self-destruction I just put towards music. I have definitely been fortunate. I knew a lot of musicians growing up and pretty much all through my career. But especially when I was growing up and being around musicians that my parents knew, there were people who couldn’t imagine being sober because they thought that was the nucleus of their whole creative existence.

When I got off it, it didn’t really have anything to do with the creative for me, it was really extra-curricular activity to do in between stuff. So I definitely feel fortunate that I didn’t fall into a complete creative block because I wasn’t high.”

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At the same interview, Slash revealed his opinions about Mick Jagger‘s health issues:

“I don’t think that’s something that you plan ahead for, I think it’s just something that happens. The years go by and you’re still doing what you’re doing – all of a sudden 20 years go by and there you are.

That said, I can’t imagine packing it in – especially since we’ve just sort of got a new lease of life by getting most of us back together. I would imagine whatever pace we do it, we’ll be doing this until whenever.

Any time you can get compared to the Stones on any level is cool, but I’m sure the Stones themselves – I could definitely ask them – ‘Did you foresee?’

It’s like no, one year you’re doing this tour and you take a break and make a record and then you do another tour, and the next thing you know it’s 2019 and they’re still doing it. You just keep doing what you do.”

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