In a recent chat with the New Zealand Herald ahead of a concert there promoting his new Apocalyptic Love album, Slash and his retinue laid down the law, outlining a list of no-go topics. The Herald, rather cheekily, published the list in its story with the rocker.
The conditions for being granted an interview with Slash are:
* Guns N' Roses is a topic that Slash can briefly touch on.
* You can briefly discuss the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame Induction - but only to the extent of the honour of that.
* You can't talk about the ceremony itself and Axl not showing up and their performance etc.
* No questions about Axl Rose whatsoever.
* No questions about a possible Guns N' Roses reunion.
* No "on the road" stories or historic infamous type stories based around Guns N' Roses.
* There has to be a focus on what he's doing now and forthcoming events/plans.
I have to say I am of twin minds about this. On the one hand, I respect the fact that it must be a monumental drag to have to keep going over the same topics again and again with every new interview. Plus, I get that Slash is excited about the new record is he pitching and wants to blab about that.
At the same time, part of what makes Slash Slash is the infamous time spent in Guns N’ Roses, so people are naturally curious about that. And obviously, GN’R is the biggest part of the Slash picture, else he wouldn’t continue to include songs from that band in his current set.
So what’s the solution? I dunno. Maybe give fewer interviews. Or find a way of gently, amusingly redirecting media questions when they crop up, because frankly, this list makes him look like a wuss.
In any case, it’s pretty gutsy of the New Zealand Herald to print it, likely ensuring no future access to the guitarist, who last month turned 47 (he actually shares a birthday with Mick Jagger - July 26).
Ironically, this list will now become a new topic of query in future interviews. Sorry Slash, bad play.
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