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Slash Speaks On Scott Weiland's Rehab Stint

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TimeOutDubai.com recently conducted an interview with VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On surviving the '80s and '90s excess:

"Oh yeah, there are moments when I stop and think of that, I definitely feel like I'm blessed because I'm still here, and I really had every reason to not be. . . Either someone's been looking out for me or it's just sheer luck, but because of that I decided that I should probably stop taking it for granted. That I should put my nose to the grindstone and do what my whole purpose for being here is."

On the fact that GUNS N' ROSES never seemed to fit in with the '80s L.A. scene:

"As soon as the '80s started, there was not a lot going on to be influenced by. Everything that inspired me was the stuff I listened to while growing up, and there was a dramatic shift in the '80s — GUNS N' ROSES was a proponent of change. We were a result of what the '80s was all about and the antitheses of it."

On the height of GUNS N' ROSES' success:

"We got to a point where it was really huge and it was fun in lots of ways, and in a lot of ways it was very overwhelming. But I enjoyed it, especially given where we all came from, which was basically nothing, to becoming this huge band on a global level."

"It had its moments where it became a little excessive. Luckily there was always some semblance of clarity which basically won out in the end. When I was working I never felt as destructive as when I wasn't working, and that was my problem — I figured that one out over the years."

On his decision to quit GUNS N' ROSES in 1996:

"It was a huge relief when I made that decision. From the early '90s onwards it was a very stressful situation, so I relieved myself of that burden, but then it was a hell of a lot of work to keep that all going, because from then I was out on my own. It's a tough business, I learned a lot about it, and I learned that without the umbrella of the whole GUNS N' ROSES name, I needed to be a bit more alert on a regular basis to stay afloat — it was slow learning . . . The one thing I learned? To take charge of everything to do with my career… and really not to trust anybody."

On the perceived wisdom that NIRVANA and the Seattle grunge scene overtook hard rock (and bands like GUNS N' ROSES) in the early 90s:

"That's pretty much a line of bulls*** right there, that never happened. Basically the band broke up right around the time that all that was happening, and a lot of the grunge bands — who are majorly influenced by GUNS N' ROSES — all of a sudden thought they'd taken over. But we just broke up and it had nothing to do with what was going on [with grunge], because in 1994 we were still the biggest stadium band, so it didn't really have any effect on us."

On how touring now compares to the days of intoxication, other than the obvious:

"It's not that much of a change. Some things have changed, but y'know the basics of it stay the same. Sure, there were some great times in the '80s too, but I just enjoy what I do — it's a very rock and roll family, so it kind of reminds me of my childhood."

On singer Scott Weiland's recent rehab stint:

"He's in rehab so I think he's doing OK. We helped him in the very early days, and we are always there if he needs support, but at this moment he's being taken care of."

Read the entire interview at TimeOutDubai.com.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. BLACKDOG writes:

Why can't Axl give an interview about these thing's without bashing someone?

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 7:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. cruor writes:

Because Axl is always trying to start sh** with someone. I'm hoping he pisses off someone like Glen Benton who won't take it and than kick Axl's ass.

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 9:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BLACKDOG writes:

LOL!!!!

# Mar 5, 2008 @ 12:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Kalis_wrath writes:

Cruor, I would pay to see that... Then again Axl is probably too much of a whimp to do that. *LOL*

# Mar 5, 2008 @ 2:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BLACKDOG writes:

No doubt there.Thiers an article around here somwhere that pretty much states that Axl confronted someone who's writeing his unofficial biography.He showed with two huge body guard's and threatend to kill him.I'm a bouncer and I used to run security in my own stag party buseness(strippers).Many a time I needed to b**** Slap someone.Never Ever needed help doing it.So he definitley qualifies as a punk.

# Mar 12, 2008 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. cruor writes:

"Cruor, I would pay to see that... Then again Axl is probably too much of a whimp to do that. *LOL*"

Glenn Benton is a scary mother f***er. I don't even want to be near him when he is p***ed in general let alone him wanting to kick my ass. The difference between me and Axl is that I'd go in and give it my best shot while Axl would more than likely run (or hides behind security like BLACKDOG said). My dream is that he pisses off Glen Benton, Zakk Wylde, and Chuck Norris at the same time.

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# Mar 12, 2008 @ 8:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RememberMetal? writes:

Scott Weiland: "I'm innocent! Innocent I tells ya!"

"The -addict- told you he quit?!?"

....Anyone up on the math for how many times Weiland has been arrested/sent to rehab/checked himself into rehab at this point? I'm really interested....I can think of at least half a dozen--the reality has to be more than twice that though....

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# Mar 12, 2008 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BLACKDOG writes:

That's a really good question.I'll make a cuple call's.

# Mar 12, 2008 @ 9:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Kalis_wrath writes:

RM? that number has to be higher then when Scott decided to plead not guilty to his drug charges! Would be an interesting tid bit of info to have though. My guess would be atleast 10 times, most likely more.

# Mar 12, 2008 @ 10:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. rob writes:

yes i totally agree with u all. Glenn Benton would beat the crap out of axl. Then praise satan over his life less body.........all hale satan

# Mar 13, 2008 @ 9:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. godlike writes:

OK...so in my boredom, I checked a few places and here are some highlights..
Drug Possession: Heroin 1998
Violating Probation 1999
Domestic Violence 2001
Drug Possession: Heroin 2003
Drug Possession: Cocaine 2003
Driving While Intoxicated 2003
Driving Under the Influence 2007

The amount of rehab visits are really too hard to count., because there are so many times that he would check in and out within days, sometimes even hours...

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# Mar 13, 2008 @ 10:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. godlike writes:

oh yeah... there's more information out there.... I just got sick of reading about this meatball....
and decided to do something else..!!

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# Mar 13, 2008 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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