SLASH: 'I Don't Do Anything Because People Expect Me To Do It'

March 16, 2015

Legendary guitarist Slash was interviewed by Argentina's Vorterix radio station prior to his March 6 concert in Buenos Aires. You can now watch video footage of the chat below.

Asked how he feels about still recording full-length albums at a time when so many artists are beginning to focus on singles and EPs, Slash said: "The only stuff I do is basically the stuff that I like to do. So, yeah, we put out records 'cause we like doing a body of work. I never thought even thought about it. I never thought about what everybody else does, especially nowadays."

Regarding the fact that most fans still expect him to perform a lot of his classic GUNS N' ROSES material when he plays live, Slash said: "I like doing it. I have a fun time touring. I don't do anything because people expect me, necessarily, to do it. First and foremost, I do what I feel like doing, and then you see how that sort of works out. I think, over the years, everybody sort of expects me to be just to be myself. They're not expecting me to try and do anything for everybody else's sake. But, that said, it's a great feeling when you do something that you wanna do and other people respond."

Slash recently told Classic Rock magazine that he has "already started working" on material for the follow-up to his latest solo album, 2014's "World On Fire".

"On the road is the platform that I find is the easiest for me to work on new material," he said. "It's easier here than it is for me to do when I'm at home. So I just get going. I take my phone and I record ideas on the phone and then we jam stuff at soundchecks; when we have soundchecks. So we compile a bunch of ideas, and then when the tour is over, we go home and, sort of, hash them out."

"World On Fire" sold around 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 16, 2014 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America).

"World On Fire" is the second album to feature Slash's regular backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and follows up 2012's "Apocalyptic Love", which sold around 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Slash's self-titled debut album scored the highest new entry on The Billboard 200 chart in April 2010, with first-week U.S. sales of around 60,000 copies.

On Slash self-titled solo effort he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.



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