Magazine article Newsweek

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Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Byline: Lorraine Ali

Q & A: Slash

Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is back with a new album by his group Velvet Revolver. He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Lorraine Ali.

Do you still get asked about what's happening with Guns N' Roses?

I get that a lot, like I'm supposed to have some finger on the pulse of what's going on with Guns N' Roses when I haven't had that for a good 10 years.

Do people expect you to act a certain way?

From time to time. People have some sort of mental fantasy--like expecting me to be passed out in my soup or walking around playing air guitar. I'm supposed to be really out of it and a rock-star a--hole.

Your new record with Velvet Revolver got pushed back. Did that bring back bad memories of the never-released "Chinese Democracy"?

The fact that it's a couple months late and gets comparisons to the 10-years-late of the Guns N' Roses album is ridiculous. People always try and stir up s--t.

What's next for you?

I'm working on Guitar Hero III. They're animating me.

What's Guitar Hero?

It's an interactive videogame where you have a plastic guitar with buttons on the front that correspond with a visual on the screen and you try and play along with all these songs. It's a huge craze with kids worldwide.

I hear screaming on the phone. You have kids?

They're wonderful, but they're a lot like we are. Very high-energy stuff going on around here. A 3- and 5-year-old.

Do they have your hair?

Yes, one does.

Is your hair still long?

I look pretty much the same, apparently. …

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