- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 26, 2001

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dropped in front of Disneyland, rock guitarist Slash was uncomfortable among the gawking tourists.
The former Guns N Roses band member was late for a sound check at the House of Blues and had gotten out of a hotel car at the wrong place.
Slash unshaven, a cigarette dangling from his mouth, his mass of black, curly hair tucked under a baseball hat, and wearing a leather jacket and ripped jeans found himself in a sea of Mickey Mouse T-shirts.
"That really freaked me out, walking through all that. I didnt know I was playing at Disneyland well, next to Disneyland. What kind of audience do you think they get?" the 35-year-old musician said later.
Born Saul Hudson, Slash rose to fame in the 1980s as part of the monster rock group Guns N Roses. After he left the group in October 1996, he and his guitar kept busy working on albums with Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson and, most recently, Rod Stewart.
The album "Aint Life Grand" was released by his band, Slashs Snakepit, last October on the Koch label. He is expected to take the band on tour in June, his publicist said.

Q: Whats the idea behind putting a new band together?
A: The way I see it, Guns N Roses is an entity thats one of those at the right place at the right time with the right people and the right chemistry that just made a band. I dont even try to duplicate it. I dont have those expectations. We didnt have those expectations then. This band, Snakepit, is based on going out, playing hard and seeing where it takes you. Guns was basically started on the same premise that I started Snakepit.
Q: What about the music? Critics have said its reminiscent of the early days of Guns N Roses.
A: I dont read articles about the band or about me. I probably wont read this. But so far as I know, from doing the interviews, they say it sounds like old Guns. Im only one-fifth of the band. Maybe thats why they say that. But the other guys dont sound anything like Guns. Its still a hard-rock band. Its meant to sound live. Maybe thats part of the similarity.
Q: The music is such a departure from todays hits, do you worry about how Snakepit will be received?
A: If you remember, when Guns was first around, there was New Kids on the Block and Debbie Gibson. I dont knock what anybody else does, and I dont get into one of those things where its like theres a new scene going on, I better get in on it. I just do what it is I like to do. As long as Im doing that, Im happy.
Q: What lessons have you taken from Guns N Roses and applied to Snakepit?
A: When I was playing with Guns, I didnt pay attention to the costs, the million-dollar productions, the union fees, none of it. I was just out there to do the gig. That hasnt changed much. I really dont have high, high standards. I have to watch everything a lot closer now. You know, the record, the management, all that. Im still dealing with the aftermath of the last group I was in.
Q: Any hope for a Guns N Roses reunion?
A: No. I should never say never. But it would take a few solid months of psychotherapy just to be even able to do an impromptu jam. Im good friends with all the guys in the band, and I keep in touch with them regularly. But when I was forced to quit that band, it was like a divorce. I havent talked to (lead singer) Axl (Rose) in six years.
I just wanted to see what caused the whole band to break up, see what the reason for all of it was, and now I know exactly what it is because of the direction Axl really, really wanted to go.
We could have never have made it. Id be dead by now if I was still in the studio. I just like to go out and plug in. The simpler, the better. As long as the electricity is happening, Im OK.

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