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The Slash Interviews: The Making Of The Debut Solo Album

Slash on how he came up with the idea of making an album with some very good friends – both old and new.

We meet at the Gibson guitar building in London’s West End one chilly winter’s afternoon.

You know the man in the top hat and shades is there before you even see him. There’s a visible buzz in the building, from the secretaries primping their hair to the various guys that suddenly all have business on the same floor, standing around trying to look cool. Not that Slash appears to notice. “Hey, man,” he drawls by way of greeting to the Classic Rock team, “what’s happening?” as though a roomful of cameras and microphones needed some explanation.

We are here, of course, to listen to Slash’s new album, which the former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist has only just completed recording. Indeed, so hot-off-the-press are some of the mixes that even he’s still deciding which he likes best. No easy decision, as the 15 tracks – including Classic Rock’s exclusive bonus track Baby Can’t Drive – that comprise the first Slash solo album are among the finest anyone is going to hear this year. But then, if you’re reading this you’ll already know that. In fact, you’re probably listening to it right now! So without further ado, let’s get into it, as we invite Slash to talk us through his superb and multifarious new collection.

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