Slash Gives Me Back My Moment

Slash @ The Stir 2019

As a teenager Guns N' Roses were never my favorite band. I knew one or two songs I had heard on the radio. To be honest I only knew them because of my then boyfriend’s interests. I hadn’t heard of the song “Welcome To The Jungle” until I was a senior in high school when someone had carved the lyrics “Welcome to the jungle we got fun and games we got everything you want honey, we know the names.” At the time I was more fascinated with the fact that all of that could be carved on the desk with an ink pen, or yet carved all that and not be seen by the teacher. As I sat in that desk every day, I read the lyrics over until I knew them. What I hadn’t known was the lyrics to follow and that sound Axl Rose made with his tongue, you know the one I mean: “shun n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees”.

Moving on…

As time went on and G&R become more worldwide, I became more knowledgeable of their music, but just the ones that were radio played. I could identify the main two members of the band, the writing team, Axl Rose and Slash. Beyond the dance that Axl was famous for and of course his ability to emphasize a word faster than the speed of light, I personally always noticed Slash. How could you not? He had a signature look, long black curly hair covering his face entirely, a black top hat and playing the guitar like the devil was after him. He wasn’t a front man, I don’t think I ever saw or heard him sing but Slash was no second, never “just the guitarist”. Slash spoke volumes through his playing. And when Guns N' Roses broke up the last time he kept going, he built bands around him and his guitar.