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THE LAST SONG
Sure it seems like it would be fun to be a member of Guns N’ Roses. There’s the fortune. The fame. The groupies. And, well, the fortune. Apparently, though, that lifestyle isn’t without its headaches. Just ask the band’s guitarist, the former Saul Hudson, now known as Slash.
“When you sell millions of records, there’s always this underlying pressure to turn out the next one,” says the 28-year-old musician. “You have to live up to somebody else’s expectations. Even old acquaintances start asking you what you’re doing next.”
One way to beat the heat is to ignore it and record what you want. The result is this album—recorded mostly during days off from their just-finished two-year world tour—that features nothing but cover versions of the band members’ favorite tunes.
“We were just jamming in the studio,” says the surprisingly soft-spoken Slash. “There was none of that “What’s this song about or what’s that one about? This record is more or less us screwing around in the studio and doing what felt good.”
Making the record may have felt good much of the time, but it was not pressure free. A case in point: Slash’s singing debut on “Buick Makane,” which lead singer and headline-grabber Axl Rose coaxed him into. “I don’t want to sing anymore,” says Slash bluntly. “I didn’t have a good time. I’m not that vocal a person, and singing is beyond the kind of personality I have.”