Slash Interview About Performing With Michael Jackson Animated
In last week's Radio.com Minimation, Slash told us the story of how he ended up playing guitar on Michael Jackson's 1991 album, Dangerous. The two artists hit it off pretty well. MJ was used to playing with great six-stringers (he'd worked with Eddie Van Halen and Steve Stevens on previous albums). And Slash was used to working with eccentric singers (perhaps you've heard of one W. Axl Rose?).
And so, Slash did a few shows with the King of Pop as his special guest. Of course, MJ already had a guitar player - namely Jennifer Batten, a face-melting soloist in her own right. But no matter how good you are at your instrument, when you're in Michael Jackson's band, there are rules you must follow. Such as, taking part in on-stage choreography. So, it's understandable that she figured, he she had to learn to dance, Slash would as well.
Slash, who at the time was a member of Guns N Roses, the baddest band in the land, was pretty firm on his stance: He was not going to dance. As he told Radio.com, Batten was "losing her mind about it."
At that point, Michael got involved, taking her down to "the sports bathrooms" (i.e. the locker rooms) and moderated. Spoiler: Slash didn't learn choreography.
But Batten wasn't the only person annoyed by Slash performing with Jackson; if a recent interview by Guns' former manager is accurate, the Jackson/Slash shows led to Slash exiting GNR. Watch the video here.
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