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In an interview with Stuff, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash talks about how he “accidentaly” got into rock music and guitar.

Interviewer said:

“Here’s what got me: it turns out the young Saul Hudson almost fell into rock’n’roll by accident. What he really wanted to do was ride tiny push-bikes over rough terrain at high speed.”

Slash stated:

Oh, yeah, man! Absolutely! I was a pro-BMX racer as a kid, and my main aspiration was to eventually become a moto-cross champion. I was obsessed! But then I inadvertently picked up the guitar and everything switched gears inside of 24 hours, and before long, my career took off.”

Interviewer said:

“He’s almost sighing as he says this, like it’s a bit of a bummer. Here he is, a multi-millionaire rock star, suddenly wistful for what might have been.”

Slash added:

“I still follow the BMX stuff, you know? It’s evolved so much now. I thought we were pretty crazy back in the day, but those riders have taken it to a level I never even dreamed was possible…

The fact that I walked away from so many near-death experiences, well… I don’t take any of that for granted. I’m really appreciative that I managed to walk away from all that stuff.”

During rest of the interview, Slash has shared how Eddie Van Halen shaped his guitar playing skills. Click here to details.

Click here to entire interview.