During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash was asked about his experiences with drugs and alcohol in the days of ‘Appetite For Destruction,’ and he recalled how David Bowie helped him overcome his serious issues.
You might know that Slash has had serious issues with drugs and alcohol for many years. In 2001, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy due to long-time drug usage, and his doctors thought that the Guns N’ Roses legend only had some weeks left. However, he managed to survive after implanting a cardioverter-defibrillator.
Following the surgery, in 2005, Slash announced that he has decided to quit drugs and alcohol, and now he’s been clean for almost sixteen years. In a rare interview with Irish Examiner, he declared that he even managed to quit smoking after his mom died of lung cancer in 2009.
In the conversation he had with Kerrang!’s Matt Allen, Slash detailed the days he was going through a hallucination phase in the late ’80s. After being asked about whether anyone offered him any helpful advice during that hard time, Slash admitted that he talked to the late legend David Bowie to get over his drug and alcohol-related issues.
In the interview, Slash said that the late British star thought that the guitarist was becoming more vulnerable to outside interactions due to being in a bad place mentally, and that was triggering his hallucinations. According to the Guns N’ Roses legend, it was a piece of eye-opening advice that helped him concentrate on his mental health.
Here is how Slash recalled these days during the interview:
“David Bowie, once, when I was going through my serious hallucination phase. I talked to him about it because it was disturbing. Was this when I was seriously drinking? This was more drug-related.
And he’d said, ‘No, you’re probably in a bad place right now and you have become vulnerable to a lot of outside interaction with things that people don’t normally see, and you’ve exposed yourself to this.’ And I was like, ‘Woah! That’s heavy…’ But that was a sound piece of advice. Or maybe an eye-opening clarification of the state of mind I was in.”
You can listen to the earlier statements of Slash about David Bowie.