In a conversation with Kerrang magazine, Guns N’ Roses‘ lead guitarist Slash talked about the very first years of the band and revealed his initial thoughts when he listened to Axl Rose singing.
The legendary hard rock band Guns N’ Roses was formed by the members of Hollywood Rose, Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin, along with L.A. Guns members, Tracii Guns, Rob Garnder and Ole Beich, in March 1985. Later in June, Slash was asked to join the newly-founded Guns N’ Roses along with Duff McKagan and Steven Adler replacing the founding members.
Recently, Guns N’ Roses iconic lead guitarist Slash joined an interview for Kerang Magazine. During the interview, Slash talked about the very first years of Guns N’ Roses and revealed what was his initial thoughts about Axl Rose when he listened to him singing for the first time.
Here’s what Slash stated about his feelings when he listened to Axl Rose for the first time:
“The first time was on a cassette that Izzy brought over to my house. There was all this noise and then there’s this really intense high voice over the top of it.
My first impression was that it was very soulful. It had a bluesy, melodic thing to it, which was rare for that type of voice. You didn’t often hear somebody hold that melody together so naturally. Then I went to see him and Izzy play one time.
I didn’t actually realize I was going to see the same person that was on that cassette. They were fucking hardcore on stage. Izzy was doing knee slides and Axl was bashing down. It was cool, like, ‘Fuck…'”
Additionally, Slash talked about the first time they had a rehearsal session together and said:
“The first time that we jammed together was at a rehearsal place in Hollywood and it was intense. We started working together at that point, we did some shows and it was always very unpredictable and wild. Like, ‘OK, let’s see what happens.’
It was pretty surreal being back on this tour because the first time that Axl, Duff, and I were back in the same room in person, there was this unquestionable, powerful chemistry that I hadn’t really thought about because it had been 20 years.
I always knew that we had this thing. It just happened as soon as we plugged in and started playing, and it was really like an overwhelming feeling of, ‘Oh yeah…'”
Click here to read the entire interview with Slash.