Slash: The First Time I’d Ever Been On Stage Sober –

During a recent interview with BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny, legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) spoke about the first time he ever performed sober after years of substance abuse,

Tom Zutaut, former Geffen Records A&R executive who was responsible for signing GUNS N’ ROSES to the label, was quoted as saying that at the height of the band’s success he was worried that he would one day turn on the radio and find out that Slash had died of an overdose.

Asked how he finally managed to clean himself up, Slash told BBC Radio 6 Music (hear audio below): “Well, I wouldn’t die. I mean, there’s some truth to [what Zutaut supposedly said], where it was, like, I finally got to a point where it was, like, ‘OK, I’m not going anywhere, so I’m gonna have to sort this out.’ It wasn’t that I had any kind of a death wish, per se, but I really took everything to the extreme and didn’t care.”

He continued: “I think the only time I got a little nervous was when I was in rehab, there was a point when VELVET went out and did a real quick tour around California. And so I left rehab and went out and did this tour, and it was the first time I’d been on stage sober — ever. [laughs] That was a trip and it was a little shaky, but you get past that pretty quickly. ‘Cause you’re in the moment; you can’t just sit there and go, ‘Oh my God, I can’t do this.’ You have to do it. So I got over that pretty quickly.”

Slash, who has been sober since 2006, and has two young sons with his wife, Perla, whom he’s been married to since 2001, told CNN about his last rehab stint: “It was good. It was very cathartic.

“I think the main reason — I mean, I’d established in my mind that I was finished with all that stuff. And the main reason, really — my thinking, at least, at the time, for going to rehab was just to get away from everybody and just have a month where I could get my head straight. And that’s exactly what rehab did for me. And it gave me some insight into a lot of other things. You know, because I went in not fighting it — sort of surrendered to it, as the saying goes. And sort of just went in and open-mindedly looking at what it had to offer. And it was good. It was a healthy, whatever it was, 30 days, or something. And I did — I got a firm grasp on what I needed to be doing. And that I was really done sort of, you know, with that sort of merry-go-round of drugs and alcohol — that sort of roller coaster.”

Slash’s third album, “World On Fire”, will be released on September 15. Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love”. Among the tracks on the record are “30 Years To Life”, “Shadow Life”, “Automatic Overdrive”, “Wicked Stone”, “Bent To Fly”, “Battleground” and the title track, which also serves as the set’s first single.

via Slash: The First Time I’d Ever Been On Stage Sober –

â–¶ Slash @ Ottawa Bluesfest July 11, 2014 – YouTube

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Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators)
Ottawa Bluesfest July 11, 2014

Set list:
01. Ghost 0:53
02. Nightrain 4:30
03. Standing in the Sun 9:38
04. World on Fire 13:42
05. You Could Be Mine 18:17
06. Anastasia 24:07
07. By the Sword 31:20
08. You’re a Lie 36:30
09. Sweet Child O’ Mine 40:06
10. Slither 47:46
11. Paradise City 52:46

via â–¶ Slash @ Ottawa Bluesfest July 11, 2014 – YouTube.


Guns N’ Roses concert film, Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas released on July 1, 2014 by Universal Music Enterprises has remained at No. 1 since its debut on Billboard’s Music DVD chart two weeks ago. Clocking in at just under three hours, the band’s explosive set includes all of their biggest hits and classic GNR staples.

Available now in the United States on Blu-ray™, featuring the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film. Both releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band. The GN’R Appetite For Democracy Official App (IOS/Android) brings the concert experience to a new level by connecting GNR directly with their fans, allowing fans to connect with each other via social media, buy exclusive merchandise, check tour/cinema dates for the movie, preview digital tracks of the film; and purchase or stream via VOD the digital long form concert.

Produced by Rock Fuel Media’s Barry Summers, Appetite For Democracy 3D is the first official Guns N’ Roses live concert film since 1992’s Use Your Illusion concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GNR tracks including “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” “Nightrain,” “It’s So Easy” and “Rocket Queen,” from their pivotal, 1987 No. 1 debut album Appetite For Destruction; “Patience” and “Used To Love Her” from 1988’s No. 2 charting album Lies; “November Rain,” “Don’t Cry,” “Civil War” as well as the band’s signature versions of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door;” powerful renditions of The Who’s “The Seeker” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2;” and much, much more.

In 1987 Guns N’ Roses burst onto the hard rock scene and, with their punk rock ethics and an uncompromising, explosive sound, turned a scene filled with synth-pop and hair-metal on its end, propelling the band to the top of the charts. Filling stadiums and arenas across the globe, much like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Sex Pistols, Guns N’ Roses wrote their own chapter in rock and roll history and continue to make their own rules.

Now, celebrated worldwide as one of the most important rock acts in music history, Guns N’ Roses are Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums). Guns N’ Roses continue on their sold-out global arena tour, with shows in the US, Europe, visits to Latin America and multiple festivals, having played to millions of fans around the globe.


1991-01-23 Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

STED: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

INFO: Andet og sidste show i Rio de Janeiro, igen for 140,000 tilskuere. Dette show blev sendt pÃ¥ brasiliansk tv og radio. Axl’s mikrofon svigter under “You Could Be Mine“, og han forsøger forgæves at finde en tændt mikrofon pÃ¥ scenen mens sangen fortsætter…Et af showets højdepunkter er den første (og sidste) liveoptræden af “Bad Apples“. Se begge shows her.

VARIGHED: 60 min.


01. Pretty Tied Up
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience
04. Nightrain
Godfather Theme
05. Double Talkin’ Jive
06. Welcome To The Jungle
07. Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Drum Solo
08. You Could Be Mine
09. Civil War
Guitar Solo
10. Bad Apples
11. It´s So Easy
12. Rocket Queen
13. Sweet Child O´ Mine
14. Estranged
16. Paradise City


Begge shows i Rio er rigtig gode, men lydkvaliteten er desværre i mono – hidtil eksisterer der ingen soundboard bootleg. Det andet show blev der dog lækket en times videooptagelse fra, som findes pÃ¥ dvd og youtube.

1991-01-20 Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

STED: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

INFO: Matt Sorum og Dizzy Reed fÃ¥r deres debut med GnR foran 140.000 skrigende tilskuere ved det Ã¥rlige Rock In Rio. Begivenheden blev sendt pÃ¥ Brasiliansk TV & radio. Hovednavnene pÃ¥ festivalen var GnR, Prince og George Michael. Bandet beder Matt om at spille en trommesolo 3 minutter før de gÃ¥r pÃ¥ scenen! Axl siger at det er hans første øvelse i to Ã¥r. Axl fortæller: “‘Patience’ was mainly “pained” by Izzy Stradlin.” Før ‘Estranged,’ siger Axl:this will be the first time I’ve sang it in a happy mood.”

VARIGHED: 97 min.


01. Pretty Tied Up
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience
Godfather Theme
04. Double Talkin’ Jive
05. Welcome To The Jungle
06. Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Drum Solo
07. You Could Be Mine
08. It’s So Easy
Guitar Solo
09. Civil War
10. Dead Horse
11. Sweet Child O’ Mine
12. Estranged
13. Paradise City

Se begge shows her:


Matt: “We did Rock In Rio and had Judas Priest opening. The tour manager came backstage and asked if we could move our riser for Judas Priest. I said, ‘yeah, sure put your riser out there.’ I go out there and Judas Priest are doing ‘Turbo Lover’ and the next thing I know the drum riser’s going 50ft up in the air with smoke coming out of it! I thought, ‘Oh boy, how am I gonna follow that?!’ The first solo I did was at Rock In Rio in front of 145,000 people and I didn’t even know about it until on the way to the gig. Axl said he needed to take a break in the middle of the show for his voice and I should do a solo. I’d just joined the band, it was my first show, I’m not going to say no! So I was like, ‘Okay, f**k! I’m going to do a solo.’ Now I’d probably be like, ‘F**k, I don’t know man, let me work on that a bit!’”

1990-11-09 Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA

STED: Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA

INFO: Bandet er med til at fejre RIP Magazine’s fødselsdag.  Axl, Duff og Slash  sammen med Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield og Kirk Hammett (Metallica) spiller under navnet GAK (Slang for kokain, cannabis, osv). En grund til, at Whiplash blev spillet 2 gange, var fordi Sebastian Bach Ã¥benbart ikke gjorde det godt nok. I hvert fald hørte man Hetfield sige: “I’m gonna sing it this time. The other guy fucked it all up.” Man ser ham ogsÃ¥ grine og ryste pÃ¥ hovedet af Bach. :lol:

VARIGHED: 27 min.


01. You’re Crazy
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Piece Of Me
04. Hair Of The Dog
05. Whiplash #1
06. Whiplash #2

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Desværre ikke den bedste lyd der er på denne video.

Duff: “Guns did the third anniversary RIP (US rock magazine) party – that’s got to be three years ago now – and I jumped into the crowd, did a little stagedive. The place was fuckin’ packed but I jumped and all of a sudden the Red Sea just parted, man! 12 feet straight down – BOOM! Thanks for catching me, you guys! I didn’t think there was any room for them to move. Then everyone started jumping on top of me and somebody grabbed the old chain and fuckin’ ripped it off my neck – it wouldn’t go over my head – to add insult to injury while I’m laying there bleeding on the floor.”


1990-04-07 Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN

STED: Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN

INFO: Farm Aid IV, velgørenhedsshow for amerikanske landmænd. Steven Adler’s sidste optræden med bandet. Steven skvatter pÃ¥ vej op til trommerne. De spiller “Civil War“, der tilegnes til Axl’s onkel Bob, der bor i Illinois, og UK Subs “Down On The Farm” for første gang live. Udsendelsen blev vist i USA pÃ¥ TNN.

VARIGHED: 13 min.


01. Civil War
02. Down On The Farm



Denne optræden er seværdig alene fordi det er den sidste med det originale band samlet. Bandet var pÃ¥ vej mod den totale nedsmeltning, da de skulle spille velgørenhedskoncert ved Farm Aid IV. De havde knoklet pÃ¥ “Use Your Illusion” albummet siden januar, og undervejs blev Steven fyret kortvarigt, og derefter genansat med en underskrevet kontrakt, der tvang ham til at tage sig sammen og stoppe sit stofmisbrug, men han havde meget svært ved at leve op til kontrakten. I studiet bragte det frustrationer pga. de blev nødt til at klippe og klistre i hans usikre arbejde bag trommerne. Bandet hÃ¥bede, at det højt profilerede velgørenhedsshow kunne motivere Adler, men fra starten af gik det galt.

Ud fra den video, synes jeg personligt ikke det lignede en nedsmeltning, og Adler lod til at klare jobbet fint, trods de 2 nye numre.

Steven: “Looking back, I realize that this may have been proof positive that their plan to get me out of the band was already in full motion. They weren’t cluing me in to new songs or even telling me what they were playing. I believe their strategy was to make my playing sound like this. I believe they wanted me to fuck up on live TV; that would be their evidence. By branding me as an ill-equipped, crappy drummer, they’d be armed with a sound reason for kicking me out.”

Slash: “The second we walked out onstage, Steven took a run up to the drum riser, which is a pretty big platform that’s hard to miss, and took flight. […] Steven hobbled through the show, and our performance was dodgy at best, though well received by the Farm Aid crowd. […] There couldn’t have been a better way for Steven to reveal to us that he’d been lying about being clean.”

Slash: [om Civil War] “That was actually one of the first songs Axl and I wrote after Appetite. The tour wasn’t even finished, Axl heard me playing this acoustic thing and we started rehearsing it with the band in Australia (1988). It was also the first song where we went in the studio with Steven and realised that he wasn’t really playing up to par.”

Slash: We did “Civil War” with Steve Adler, and before I could put the guitars on, we had to edit the drums because he was so out of time. He couldn’t keep his meter together. So it was another one of those situations where I had to judge when he was gonna come in.

Steven: I had to play it like 25 times until it was useable. My timing was so up and down because I was so weak. The whole time I kept telling the guys, “I don’t feel good, I’m really down” and they kept saying “You’re just fucked up”, “I’m not fucked up!” I was sick from an opiate blocker I got from a doctor that Doug Goldstein took me too. I think he knew what effect it would have on me…I wanted to wait another week or so before we went in to the studio to record. Slash says that we couldn’t waste the money, and we had to do it that day. They all knew I was sick….it’s a great song, it came out great, but I’m sure had I not been in the position that they put me in I would have nailed it in one take. Slash called me on a Thursday, knowing that I was sick, and said “We’re going in the studio this weekend” I said “dude, you know I can’t go, I’m sick from this bullshit medication”. He said we can’t waste the money, an I said don’t even tell me about wasting money, we know somebody who wasted plenty of fucking money! If one of them was sick, it would have been postponed! We just weren’t a team anymore.

Den 11. juli fyres Steven officielt, og Matt Sorum, der hidtil var hans erstatning i studiet, blev tilbudt jobbet:

Steven: “All of a sudden the family thing turned into little cliques. Duff and Slash would hang out, Izzy would disappear, Axl – god knows what he was doing. I was hanging out with the crew guys. Then the crew guys, if they were seen hanging out with me they would get a reprimand. It was terrible.” [Kilde]

Matt: “I was going to just do the albums and Steven was going to come back and do the tour. Steven was going through a lot of personal stuff. I was temporarily there. But as time progressed, maybe a couple of weeks into the session Slash pulled me aside, and said it didn’t look as if Steven was coming back and asked if I’d like to join the band. Here I was in an already successful band that I was very happy with, but to be offered that gig at the time was the highest level you can imagine. If you compare it to what’s out there now, I don’t think there’s anyone that can compare to that level.” [Kilde]

1990-03-03 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA (Aerosmith)

STED: Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA

INFO: Slash & Axl pÃ¥ scenen med Aerosmith, hvor de spiller “Train Kept A Rollin‘”.

VARIGHED: 4:20 min.


Heart’s Done Time
Same Old Song and Dance
Monkey On My Back
Don’t Get Mad, Get Even
What It Takes
Permanent Vacation
Janie’s Got A Gun
Mama Kin
Voodoo Medicine Man
Red House (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
Rag Doll
Draw the Line
Dream On
Love in an Elevator
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Sweet Emotion
The Peter Gunn Theme (Henry Mancini cover)
Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw cover) (m/Axl Rose & Slash)
Walk This Way



Der findes ingen bootlegoptagelse af den komplette koncert (?). Lyden pÃ¥ dette nummer er ikke det bedste desværre…

1989-12-19 Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ

STED: Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ

INFO: Andet show ved Convention Center, hvor showet er pay-per-view i direkte udsendelse og pÃ¥ radio. Igen optræder de med “Salt Of The Earth“.



01. Start Me Up
02. Bitch
03. Sad Sad Sad
04. Undercover of the Night
05. Harlem Shuffle (Bob & Earl cover)
06. Tumbling Dice
07. Miss You
08. Terrifying
09. Ruby Tuesday
10. Salt of the Earth (m/Axl Rose & Izzy Stradlin)
11. Rock and a Hard Place
12. Mixed Emotions
13. Honky Tonk Women
14. Midnight Rambler
15. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
16. Little Red Rooster (Howlin’ Wolf cover) (m/Eric Clapton)
17. Boogie Chillen'(John Lee Hooker cover) (m/John Lee Hooker & Eric Clapton)
18. Can’t Be Seen
19. Happy
20. Paint It Black
21. 2000 Light Years from Home
22. Sympathy for the Devil
23. Gimme Shelter
24. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
25. Brown Sugar
26. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
27. Jumpin’ Jack Flash


Dette show har jeg på DVD komplet, soundboard proshot.

Izzy: “The Stones were asking me: ‘Which song are you doing?’ We’d chosen ‘Salt of the Earth’. Nobody knew it! And I’m thinking: ‘Fuck, you guys wrote it over 20 years ago! You must remember some of it!’ So we go back in this little trailer and Mick Jagger’s got a tape-player and he’s listening to it, with the lyrics written on a piece of paper in front of him. And I’m sitting there playing acoustic guitar with Keith Richards and I’m thinking ‘This is sooo cool!’ ‘Cos we’re playing it thru’ and Charlie and Bill Wyman are sitting there, listening to it. And I’m just flipping out, thinking ‘God, this is sooo wild!’ Finally we finished the song. They all turned to me and said: ‘So where’s your singer?’ And I didn’t have an answer! Axl was late again. Real late.”

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