Rose confounded all doubters with his powerful performances leading the band in the summer of 2016, and, speaking in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, Slash is generous in his praise for what his friend achieved.
“I came out to a gig in London, and it was phenomenal,” the guitarist says. “I was blown away, especially when he sang the Bon Scott stuff. That was a very proud moment, actually.”
Asked by Classic Rock writer Paul Elliott if it felt weird seeing Rose fronting another band so soon after GN’R launched their own surprise reunion, the guitarist says, “Not at all. It was AC/DC, man!”
“The fact that he got asked to do that was very cool,” Slash notes. “And he worked his ass off doing it, too. He really adhered to the whole AC/DC regimen and pulled it off.”
“In the moment, when it first came up, it was a little jarring, I have to say,” the guitarist admits. “I was super-proud that he was doing it, but how that was gonna happen and go right into the Guns thing, I really didn’t know. But anyway, it worked out. So it wasn’t like a big deal.”
“In all these years that we’ve been apart, he’s become super-fucking professional. And he’s never missed a beat during this whole time. So it’s been great. There has been a sort of synergy that’s been happening this last six years that we never had in our first incarnation.”
In the same interview, Slash confirmed that there will definitely be a new Guns N’ Roses album from the reformed band.
“There’s new Guns material coming out as we speak,” he says, “and we’ll probably keep putting it out until the entire record’s worth of stuff is done and then put it out solid,” he says. “It’s cool. I’m enjoying working on the stuff and having a good time doing it.”
The new issue of Classic Rock magazine is out now.