Slash: ‘Alcohol Was Harder To Give Up Than Heroin’
Guitarist Slash comes clean about his party-hard past in the brand new issue of Classic Rock.
Next week’s new edition of Classic Rock features an exclusive cover story on guitar legend Slash, ahead of the release of his latest album Apocalyptic Love.
As part of a wide-ranging and revealing interview, Slash reflects on his drug-fuelled past as a member of Gun N’ Roses.
Even though he ‘died’ in September 1992 following a GN’R show in San Francisco – his heart stopping for eight minutes following a heroin, crack and cocaine binge – the six-stringer says alcohol was the hardest drug of all for him to give up.
“I come from, not an alcoholic background, but my dad was a drinker and people in my family were drinkers, and being born in England that was just part of pub culture,” Slash said. “So that was definitely the hardest. And next was smoking.
“Heroin was physically hard, but I was always in and out of that. The whole process of getting off that stuff was a very long and tedious process, and it got to the point where I was really sick and tired of it, to the point where it didn’t interest me any more.
“But I also know that if I thought I could casually have a drink or casually do whatever, that would leave that door open. I know how that works, because I’ve done it before, so I just abstain from it altogether.
“I had dinner once with [actor] Ewan McGregor and Trainspotting was all we talked about. That’s one of the iconic drug movies. There’s nothing that beats fucking dope. Especially when you’re first doing it. That’s what junkies are chasing their entire lives, that first buzz.”
The brand new issue of Classic Rock, with Slash on the cover, goes on sale next Wednesday (April 25).
Classic Rock’s Slash Fan Pack isn’t out until May 21 – but you can pre-order it here.