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Slash Recalls Fateful Decision

08/04/2014
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(Classic Rock) Legendary former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash says he had designs on playing bass rather than guitar when he was a teenager - until he heard a music teacher play Cream licks.

The guitarist visited the Guitar Center, Hollywood where he spoke about his formative years, influences and his forthcoming album, World On Fire. "The thing that really inspired me to play guitar was Steven Adler," says Slash. "He had an electric guitar when we were about 13 years old and he used to bang on it to Kiss records at full blast. That was very exciting, so I opted to play bass since he was playing guitar.

"I went to a local music school and talked to the teacher and said, 'I want to learn how to play bass.' He asked me a few questions to figure out what I wanted to achieve. While he was talking to me, he was playing Eric Clapton's Cream licks on electric guitar.

"I said, 'That's what I want to do', because I really didn't know that much about guitars. So that was it - I switched over to guitar." A lot more with Slash here.

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