15 Minutes With Slash | Jon Steely

September 3, 2014 9:43 PM

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15 Minutes With Slash | Jon Steely

It's the summer of 1988, and I'm in New York, watching a beautiful girl in a white bikini climb through a window into her apartment. We've just spent the day together, and she's lost her keys and locked herself out. Once inside, she opens the door, pulling me in and singing something about "dancing with Mr. Brownstone." Nasty habits fill the room: beer bottles, cigarette butts, whiskey. A barely dressed roommate lay on a couch, sleeping off a spell of debauchery. It's a decadent scene, steeped in rock and roll. Music starts playing. A slinky and snakelike guitar riff followed by a beautifully deranged tenor: "She's got a smile that it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories..." This is my first time hearing Guns N' Roses.

Now, it's the summer of 2014, and I'm in Los Angeles, talking with Slash about World On Fire, his blazing new solo album, featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. Slash is a rock guitar legend, and one of the few people still pumping blood through the veins of rock and roll. Like Keith Richards...

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