It says, "I see that the bottom half of the guitar has frets but I don't see any on the top half, that's weird. That's more of a statement. I don't have an answer because, you know, you're right that's weird. All right, from From Adib Rockmento [? What are his considerations of using Nova system? I use it for a lot of the basic stuff, delay, reverb and I use it for like the whammy pedal effects, I have an expression pedal in there and use it for that so I get a whole bunch of things all coming out of that but I don't need a lot of pedals I could just do it from that so it's just a wah pedal and that the Nova.
But my response, "No, he does not fully maximize his Daze Maxim - Mathematical Breakfast (Vinyl) system. What else we have? Uh, Albert! Albert Moreno Bis [? Question: "What about his relationship with Guthrie Govan? Let's see, "What came first, the fretless steel fingerboard guitar or your need for it? No, actually the guitar came first. The company Visigier, they were making this guitar I had discovered it in and I asked them if I could try one out and that's when I started using it.
A good question, thank you very much. Michael Wilson: "Can I come to a gig and help shag the groupies? Raymond: "What drive pedals do you use along with the Nova? I use the Nova for the fancy stuff and all the drive I'm getting right from the amp. I'm using an Angle invader head and it has more than enough drive just out of that.
It's a nice sounding drive - it's good. Let's see, what else? Jose Cassandra Piero: "Hi Ron, what's up? Can you give me your Nova system if you have a spare to give or not? But thanks for asking. What else we got? Oh here's some good ones from Chris Zalewski: "How much time do you spend on your hair each day? Oh Chris Zalewski again!
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I used to be an athlete when I was a kid. I played football, basketball and baseball. I was good at all three. But I hated jocks by the time I was in ninth grade. Well, I had the aptitude for [crime]. I was a good criminal in that I never got caught. Boats, cars, you name it… I must have stolen over cars. I just liked stealing.
I was never into things like arson. That was too creepy for me. Loaded Magazine, June In the daylight hours, I would take the bus anywhere and everywhere that I had to be for band practice or my new job as a dishwasher, etc.
When it got dark, though, Abe and I began to hone our craft as burgeoning car thieves. I remember clearly the first car we, um, borrowed. It was a VW Bug. It all seemed innocent enough at first. It was 2 a. It being Seattle and all, of course it was raining and cold. Abe and I only got about 10 blocks into our seven-mile walk when it dawned on us to try stealing a car and driving ourselves the rest of the way home.
We had heard of a simple and easy way to trip an ignition on any and all pre-'64 Bugs, but had never put our knowledge to the test. We soon found our car, and clumsily broke in a wing window with a jackboot.
Once we got the car started, we both realized that neither one of us knew how to drive a car, let alone one with a clutch. We found out the hard way that first gear can indeed get you from point A to point B, seven miles away, albeit slowly!
When you are a kid, the lust for being of driving age is nothing short of intoxicating. Abe and I discovered after our first night in the stolen VW that we no longer had to wait until we were 16 years old to have access to a car.
We began to sharpen our tactics and skill as car thieves—even studying new ways to hot-wire Peugeots and Audis. Sometimes we even held onto certain cars for a week or more, parking them in rich neighborhoods where the police would be less likely to look for a stolen vehicle. On top of this, it was at times the things we found INSIDE these cars that would lead us to further criminal activities outside the car-stealing racket.
Once we found a large set of keys that had only an address attached to them. This address was a large laundromat, and the keys were to the lock-boxes that held all of that particular day's change intake hundreds of dollars a day, which to us was a fortune.
Our exploits began to garner attention from older, savvier criminals. The newspaper began to run stories of things we were involved in, and this is when I began to see only a dire ending for myself—jail or worse.
It was time to get out. Besides, at this point my music career began to get more serious, and I met a girl. I was done. I took my first drink at 10 and tasted LSD for the first time at These things were so new in the Daze Maxim - Mathematical Breakfast (Vinyl), and there just wasn't the huge stigma and general warnings about child drug use. We were just experimenting, that's all. In Seattle you can pick mushrooms wild just walking home from school. This one time I ate too many, went to band practice - and saw Mt St Helens explode in front of me!
I saw fucking trolls coming out of my heart and shit. I was freaking out. But I had my ticket to this lggy Pop show that night and I wasn't gonna let go of it. So I walked ten miles to the show, and when lggy came on I just focused on lggy and he got me down off that mushroom high! We lived in a port city and a lot of heroin comes through there and it became an epidemic.
My roommate was a junkie, my girlfriend was a junkie and I was. The Sun-Herald, February 7, I was "conceived" in France. In fact, my mother took me to England before I was born, but my fetus was born in France! Hard Force [French], October 8, ; translated from French.
They were just wonderful. I walked to school and we had the lollipop guy? Rock in the North UK I had a good time in England. And then my grandmother was an amazing cook, except for — she actually made, like, the most amazing pies, and my aunt would come over and they would just do that all day.
So on the weekends that was, like, a big deal. And that was basically it. I remember there was It was a very tight community. And I was into drawing. So, like, the regular sort of curriculum for the average boy was- [ And I was a little drummer boy for the Christmas play, like, four times in a row.
I have fond memories of Stoke. I remember never being able to see across the street because of the weather. Walking to school was like stumbling around like a blind man.
No, it was a very tight community, everyone knew each other. My grandmother made great mince pies, and my dad would take me for long walks in the countryside.
I loved it. GC, February 1, Hardcore working-class people that never left Stoke. It got me thinking about my place in life, about who came before me and who will come after me. Sarah put all these old photographs of Stoke in there, too. It's awesome. Mojo Magazine, June The fucking weather. Even when I was little, I was thinking, "There's got to be somewhere better. Q Magazine, September, Slash as a child. And my grandparents hate my dad, and my dad hates my grandparents, because he went off on this tangent and he went marrying a black woman; and, you know, instead of following the family way, he decided to become a graphic artist and hang out with all that whole free kind of lifestyle.
Much Music, April My dad, who actually still lives here in L. His name is Charles — Charles and Sybil, right? My dad and my grandfather did not get along because my dad was a tearaway; he went to art school instead of becoming a fireman, or becoming a lawyer, or whatever it was that my grandfather wanted him to do.
My mom was an American black lady, right? We ended up in America, because my mom had a clothing store here and she serviced a lot of musicians.
So I moved to L. Then, finally, we stayed permanently and took up a residence in Los Angeles. You know, my mother might have wanted me to, but he would just never give up the information. He had a very bitter thing against his dad, my dad. Who else he was doing it for then, um I know there was a lot of people, but Joni Mitchell and Neil Young are the only ones that are really still around. Crosby, Stills and Nash, I think there was a couple of things.
My mom was a clothes designer for a lot of rock bands in the 70s. My dad did album covers. Dutch TV, June 5, I was in the music business ever since I can remember. He lived in the same building. But my parents, like I was saying, with all the freedom that I was given, as far as certain morals and certain character — you know, a lot of that that was instilled in me, there was a lot of right and wrong that sort of came natural for them to sort of instill in me, which was really great.
I think there was sort of a mutual respect thing, almost like treating me on the same level as they were. It was interesting. I mean, I used to call them by their first names. NME, March 4, I know Joni Mitchell pretty well. I know David Bowie, you know, from when my mom did clothes for him. I got to meet Keith Moon when I was younger. But Joni is a sweetheart. I was born right during the big 60s, that kind of thing.
So I grew up with hippie parents and all that stuff. My parents — I had to be naked. I was so embarrassed. The Howard Stern Show, February 1, We never lived in one place for more than a year, so I lived in all of the greater Hollywood area. April 16, Then I went back to England for Christmas.
I went back and forth a few times. My earliest memories of America are, like, seeing King Kong on TV for the first time and noticing how it was always sunny The English way is so different. Actually I never visit the family.
I don't remember much of my time in England and I don't think I'm carrying anything typically English. It's not something I'm aware of anyway. Metal Zone, December I was really very young when my family moved.
Unknown French Publication, June And when I moved to L. I just did my same trip, so I was always very outcast. Planet Rock, August When I moved to the States I didn't fit in. My parents were completely different then all the other parents of the kids that I grew up around, you know, looser and cooler and, you know, more in the music business as supposed to being attorneys, doctors.
So, I didn't really get on. I don't have too many friends that I can think of, that go back to my childhood.
I think I can count maybe five. So we just sort of… just naturally fell together. Swedish TV, June 13, David and mom would be praying to the little lamp that they had laughs. In England everybody was working class, but in the States they tried to keep me in, like Not my dad, my dad never really promoted school. So I went to sort of an upper class elementary — a whole bunch of upper class elementary schools.
I could add and subtract and shit. But when it came to matrix and algebra I was failing miserably at school, and mom tried to stick me in a summer school in an algebra class. It was just me and the tutor for the first week and a half You know, I do honestly try.
So I went and this boring fucking asshole was trying to shove this shit down my throat. I was so sick of it I just split. Other than that I was just average I was actually in a class for kids who we're a little screwed up laughs.
Livewire, July 10, I happened to be one of those kids that was given freedom. I went in no particular direction, but always had the moral set. Metal Hammer, February When I was 12, I sneaked out one night to Hollywood Boulevard. I was standing in front of this hamburger stand, where a crowd had gathered, and this crazy guy on acid or something decided he was gonna beat everybody up.
And he went after the wrong guy and he got knifed. He was just laid out on the sidewalk - and I've been here ever since. The first time I got laid I was 13 years old. The girl was 26 — one of those mysterious women who moved in next door kind of things?
She used to have a white picket fence, the whole thing, and she would sit out on her porch. She was gorgeous. Steven Adler and myself used to walk down the same street every day and one day she called us over. She cooked for us and she took us into her bedroom. And she fucked Steven and then she fucked me! And then she moved two weeks later! It was sort of like The Summer Of 42, remember that movie?. I was very quiet but very horny, so I was willing to get over the intimidation to get on with getting on!
Steven got busted! He was doing her and her gay roommate and this guy walked in the room and she threw him off the bed and he landed hardon-down on the floor! And then I was next! July Rolling Stone, January 24, I never give them any credit. I said something in the Rolling Stone article about being out on the street, and my mom took it personally.
She thought i meant that she had kicked me out of the house when I was a little kid. I was just scumming it, you know what I mean. But they were always f?! I respect them as friends, not as parents. RIP, February I had long hair, and the schools I went to were filled with kids of bankers and real-estate agents.
And it was just like, I just did not fit in. I tried really hard to a certain point, and then, as soon as I started playing guitar, I just sort of, slowly but surely, gave up. I ditched the whole 7th grade, part of the 8th grade, and sort of just got by in the 9th grade.
Then I went to high school and left in the 11th grade. That was my last job. So I'd be on the phone all night long. I worked the late shift, so the boss usually wasn't around. But he started to call, and the phone would be busy for like half an hour. So I finally got canned, I moved out of this apartment I was living in with this girl named Alison. She also worked at the newsstand. Creem Close-Up Metal, October ; interview from mid I just can't do that mundane sort of every day thing.
It would have to be something where I could make my own schedule. The last job I had was in a music store and I got fired. I worked other jobs too. I was trying to stay in school and then I had to get a full-time Daze Maxim - Mathematical Breakfast (Vinyl) to support the- [ Guitar strings and so on.
On Fairfax laughs. That was my last job and the only job I ever got fired from; and the only reason for that was because I was on the phone scamming gigs for Guns when we first started laughs. I had a lot of jobs. I started working when I was 11 years old. I had - by anyone's standards - a pretty intense paper round that covered a huge chunk of the LA metropolis. On a bicycle! I worked in news stands, movie theatres and guitar stores; I used a darkroom, printed up shit and hammered crap.
I got fired from my last job for using the phone too much. I was booking all the gigs. This was before call-waiting and my boss couldn't get through. SuicideGirls, February 29, I'm pretty much shy and quiet. But I am short-tempered. I like to read.
I like to draw. That's probably a real contrast to what's been written about me so far. I was thinking about spending Christmas in England. We went through Stoke on our English tour.
I could have stopped and gone over there - I knew exactly where it was. Can you imagine? Icon vs Icon, August 17, Steven as a child Unknown image copyright. Like, my parents threw me out of the house when I was 11, and that's a terrible thing, but if they hadn't I wouldn't have met Slash.
So there's always that 'but. At school there was this three story building, and there was a metal rail around the balcony there, I used to sing this little song, King Tut, it was called, and it went like this, King Tut God works in mysterious ways, well, me and Slash used to climb out on to that rail, three floors up, and we sang King Tut as loud as we could, we had this really nice young teacher, and when she saw us we hopped down, really laughing, and we ran down the hall and ditched school.
After that we'd ditch school nearly every day. Me and Slash would walk up and down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, and each day we had this thing where we'd take a different type of alcohol, and we'd walk up and down, and what we'd be talking about was how we'd be living when we were rock and roll stars, it was like this dream that I always knew would come true.
Classic Rock, July We'd go out and meet chicks- older women- who would take us back to their Beverly Hills homes. They'd give us booze, coke, they'd feed us, really. All we had to do was fuck them.
Occasionally a guy would pick me up. In return for a blowjob, I'd get a little dope and maybe 30 or 40 bucks. I love The Four Seasons, man! I met 'em all! I got to meet Frankie Valli in Las Vegas once. T was there and it was the best!
I been into The Four Seasons since I was five years old. I'm pretty down-to-earth. I really don't care too much about causing problems for other people. I just want to do my own thing and if I can help somebody, I'll do what I can.
I'm just a nice guy, I guess. I have no enemies I like to take it easy when I have the chance. I like to relax. I never took a drum lesson in my life. I learned from watching and listening very closely to other drummers. That plus wanting it real bad and believing in myself.
He was just really fucking bent on fighting and destroying things. Somebody'd look at him wrong, and he'd just, like, start a fight. And you think about Lafayette, man, there's, like, fuck all to do. Rolling stone, November 17, The first thing I remember about Axl, this is before I knew him - is the first day of class, eighth or ninth grade, I'm sitting in the class and I hear this noise going on in front, and I see these fucking books flying past, and I hear this yelling, and there's this scuffle and then I see him, Axl, and this teacher bounding off a door jamb.
And then he was gone, down the hall, with a whole bunch of teachers running after him. That was the first thing. I'll never forget that. We hooked up in about 8th grade and started playing around that time. Rockline, November 27, I have particularly vivid memories of the two of us together when we were 17, driving around those Indiana back roads all the time, fried on acid, and listening to a tape of Queen II.
Icon Magazine, October When I first met him, I thought [Axl] was totally crazy. In fact, my first memory of him goes back to school, I saw him flying out of the classroom door with the teacher at his heels, chasing him down the hallway throwing books at his head. I had a cousin who was popular, a real redneck, who kept hacking on Axl and me because we had long hair.
They then built a skateboard Daze Maxim - Mathematical Breakfast (Vinyl) in town which was a fucking event. We were there all the time with our boards.
I remember the first day of school I heard this fucking commotion out in the hallway, books flying everywhere and this guy ran past the door with teachers chasing him.
I found out later that was Bill, Axl. We tried some different line-ups back in Indiana, but of course there was nowhere to play. We rode bikes, smoked pot, got into trouble - it was pretty much like Beavis And Butthead, actually. Classic Rock, June I remember, Daze Maxim - Mathematical Breakfast (Vinyl) first day at school there was this big fucking commotion.
I heard all these books hit the ground, yelling, and then he went running past. A bunch of fucking teachers chasing him down the hallway…[…] I thought, well, here's a guy who's completely crazy, he'd be a fucking great singer. We had to coax him a bit [and] it didn't go so well in the early days.
Sometimes he would just come over and stand around, like he was embarrassed. Or he'd start to sing and then he'd just leave. Walk out and I wouldn't see him again for like three days! Some things didn't change, huh? It came from a father of one of my friends, believe it or not. He just started calling me Slash whenever I came by, and the name stuck. I haven't used or divulged my real name since I was about The Goldmine Magazine, May Do you know who Seymour Cassel is?
And we used to All the bad kids Daze Maxim - Mathematical Breakfast (Vinyl) Junior High You know, all the pot-heads and all that kinda stuff. We all used to have our own clique. And so we hung out at Matt's house, because Seymour was a druggie himself at that point, and that's we're we used to hang out. And I was always So this was like a year ago, in Europe. I said: "why did you actually call me that?
Where did it come from? After a while all my friends started call me that. My mom even calls me that at this point. When I was around years old, I used to hang out with his son — we went to school together.
That was basically it. He grew up not too far from me. We weren't really close buddies but we knew each other. He was a great bicycle rider, he could do anything on a bicycle.
Wheelies, jumping up in the air, hopping, all kinds of things, the kid was tough. New Musical Express, June 24, I remember he used to be a hell of a bike rider— BMXs, Mongooses, that kinda shit. He was pretty awesome on a bicycle. Sounds, August 5, By we were riding bicycle motocross. The tricks that he performed were ahead of the time. Slash was a star. Camera flashes would go off when he took his jumps. Marc Canter, "Reckless Life", When I first met him, I noticed he had a talent for drawing.
So he was ahead of his time. You know, maybe I just saw somebody doing it and it just appealed to me. I think I always was into bicycles and then, when I saw what the possibilities were for freestyling and stuff, I just picked up on that.
Talking Metal Podcast, April 25, Um, I had a Cook Bros. I did pretty well. Well, the tracks were one thing, but we, you know, did all the urban stuff around the neighborhood, which was all street racing, and we were insane. He was drawing from the time he could pick up a pencil. Before I started playing guitar I was an illustrator. When I started playing guitar, then all the drawing stuff sort of went out of the window […] Finnish TV, November Probably some sort of illustrator or artist.
I did a lot of things before I played guitar, but the one thing I've always done is graphics, cartooning or drawing, like the logos for the band. Well, my whole family is sort of that way. I just did it for — I mean, I just do it when I feel like doing it. You know, it was never a career or anything like that. I just like to do cartoons, and this and that and the other. I draw my own tattoos and shit. Tales of Destruction Audio Interview, I like reading.
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