Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist On VH1 Documentary: 'Don't Call It A Reality Show'

March 26, 2003

The regrouping of ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar) Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) is being documented by VH1 as a behind-the-scenes look at how the band gets constructed, from the songwriting, singer search and studio sessions to whatever the end result may be.

"That sounds exciting," Slash told MTV.com, "but realistically, 'documentary' and 'reality' are two different things, and when you say 'reality show,' it just sounds stupid, as far as I'm concerned. There's something inherently wrong with the whole concept of reality shows. With the whole slew of reality things that are going on right now, watching everybody's trials and tribulations, the stupidest aspects of everyday life, or whatever it is that goes on, usually border on stupidity.

"What we're doing with VH1," Slash explained, "is just documenting what we've been doing as far as looking for a singer, and then [we're] going into the studio and all that kind of stuff, basically — just the whole process of putting this band together. They're not going to our house and coming out with us to dinner and going with us to the gas station and watching us fight. So let's put that whole reality concept to rest."

Thew as-yet-unnamed band — who are being commonly referred to as "THE PROJECT" — have auditioned a long list of vocalists, including Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW),Josh Todd (ex-BUCKCHERRY),Kelly Shaefer (ex-NEUROTICA),Pat Briggs (PSYCHOTICA),Travis Meeks (DAYS OF THE NEW),and Mike Matijevic (STEELHEART). Since VH1 started documenting the singer search, at least three more solid potentials have tried out, with only one of those declining to allow cameras to roll.

"There's been so many people since Sebastian," Slash said, "but I'm not going to name names. I'm trying to be discreet, just trying to be cool about who comes in and all that kind of stuff. That aspect of it is a bit private on both ends, you know what I mean? As soon as I get somebody, I'll make a long list. I'll mention a couple of people — with their permission — of who tried out. But as we speak right this second, we haven't chosen anybody."

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