August 24, 2012


Whatever You Do, Don't Ask Slash About...

Steve Snowden
Steve Snowden

So let's look at the flip side of being a rock star for a minute. When you're not playing to the adoration of tens of thousands of fans each night, doing copious amounts of drugs, alcohol and groupies and having everyone attend to your every whim, you are maintaining and promoting your "brand." Part of this game is the endless rounds of interviews involving journalists like me, trying to tease some new or compelling info out of a subject who may or may not feel like talking to me.

Young musicians generally don't have the luxury of dictating interviews, but when you're Slash, you do whatever you want. The guitarist is apparently sick of answering (or deflecting) the same questions about Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose and has issued seven rules to adhere to when interviewing him, according to New Zealand Herald:

1. Guns N' Roses is a topic that Slash can briefly touch on.
2. You can briefly discuss the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame Induction - but only to the extent of the honour of that.
3. You can't talk about the ceremony itself and Axl not showing up and their performance etc.
4. No questions about Axl whatsoever.
5. No questions about a possible Guns N' Roses reunion.
6. No "on the road" stories or historic infamous type stories based around Guns N' Roses.
7. There has to be a focus on what he's doing now and forthcoming events/plans.

No word on what will happen if you exceed the nebulous "briefly" allotted time on the first two subjects or actually ask about any of the verboten subjects. Will Slash walk out? Say something snarky? Decapitate you with his hat like Odd Job in Goldfinger? Hit us up if you're the brave journalist who bucks these rules.