Slash: Guitar nerds are the worst


Slash says the worst part of performing live is seeing a group of guitar aficionados watching him play.

But he’s loving the experience of touring on the back of third album World On Fire – especially since he’s been doing it long enough that his solo work has attracted its own fanbase.

Slash tells “As far as guitar nerds go, that’s the worst. You’re standing on stage, you look down and there’s people standing there expecting you to blow their minds with your guitar-playing tricks.

“That’s not exactly my MO. I’m a player and I can play – but it’s all within the context of the music, the songs.”

He says of the past five years: “It’s been great. The band is really kicking ass and we’re playing all over the planet. I think more than anything I just love playing. When you have a lot of opportunities to just go out there and do it, that’s pretty much what you do it for.”

Meanwhile, his thoughts are turning to a follow-up album. “We’re working on new material,” he confirms. “What I’m into is trying to do the most inspiring thing – and picking up new stuff along the way.”

But he adds: “It’s going to be from-the-heart hard rock material. Whatever it is that I end up putting out, I’m always true to the school.”

Slash releases a live DVD in June after his appearance at this year’s Download festival.