During a recent interview with Theresa Rockface, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash talked about current situation of rock music.

He also revealed the way of having cars, money and chicks. He said that “you’ve got to be doing it for the passion of it”. Here’s the statement:

“Rock n’ roll, I don’t want to be cliché, but that’s what turned me on when I started, and it’s always going to be the thing for me. I’ll always be putting out records that are that.

As far as what everybody else is doing, it’s struggling as I guess what you would call a genre, but I think because of where it’s at right now, it’s making a lot of kids sort of rise to the top of the heap as far as doing it for the right reasons.

There’s no money to be made in it; there’s none of those lures that you used to have — cars and money and chicks and Learjets and all that shit. If you want to do this, you’ve got to be doing it for the passion of it, with really no other real rewards except for making cool music.”

Back in September 2018, he spoke with USA Today and said that “rock is not mainstream genre anymore”. Read the full statement below:

Rock isn’t mainstream anymore, and in some ways, I like that. It harks back to when rock ‘n’ roll was more of an underground concept – when people were speaking about things that they weren’t necessarily comfortable saying in the mainstream arena.

As far as hip-hop is concerned, it’s become so generic at this point. It’s definitely taken on a very Top-40 thing.”

You can watch the entire interview from below.