Slash: ''Sweet Child O' Mine' Is One of the Gayest Things You Can Write'

"And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had," the guitarist adds.

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Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash was recently asked to single out the song from either GN'R or Velvet Revolver he explicitly hates.

Being a bit surprised by the question, the axeman told WEBN (via Blabbermouth), "I can't think of a song that I actually completely hate from either band. You know, I mean, maybe there's some songs that I like more than others.

"But I'll tell you one thing ... I didn't hate it, but I wasn't fond of 'Sweet Child O' Mine,'" Slash continued. "And that gives you a good idea of how credible my opinion is ... The actual riff itself I love, but the song itself..."

Getting to the thick of it, the guitarist added, "You know, Guns N' Roses was always a real hardcore, sort of, AC/DC kind of hard rock band with a lot of attitude. If we did any kind of ballads, it was bluesy. This was an uptempo ballad.

"That's one of the gayest things you can write," he said. "But at the same time, it's a great song - I'm not knocking it - but at the time, it just did not fit in with the rest of our, sot of, schtick. And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had."

In one of the previous reports, Slash also singled out "Sweet Child O' Mine" as the most lucrative song he ever wrote.

In other Slash news, the guitarist posted another "Real to Reel" studio update, sharing more positive vibes and killer riffs. The studio series keeps setting the expectation higher, so keep your eyer open for this one, we might be in for a record of the year.

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    You can't deny how great that solo is though!
    Angel of deth solo iz bettr.
    Sleeping in
    Failed troll alert.
    So bcoz I hav an oponion means im a troll?
    no because you're a Kerry King troll
    The fact that a) your opinion is categorically wrong, b) you seem to have a vendetta against vowels and general spelling, and c) you randomly chose to kiss Burger King's (it tastes better with the King) ass on an article about Slash talking about Sweet Child makes you a troll.
    Is this all that washed up metal guitarists do for fun or something Kerry? Because I've seen you on pretty much every article trolling everything.
    Am I the only one who thinks that instead of a GNR reunion Slash, Izzy, Duff, Steve and Myles Kennedy should get together?
    No doubt Myles has the chops and the range, but I personally just don't like his tone for that material. It's too smooth and pretty for the Guns stuff. Even if Axl isn't at the top of his game nowadays, his voice still needs to be in the mix.
    Agreed here, too. His covers of GnR material with Slash are hit or miss for me, though I generally like him better than Axl.
    It's a really cheesy song, but sometimes that is what does the trick. It's a rock song that everybody can dig, not only rockers.
    inb4 "OMG HE USES GAY AS A PERJORATIVE TERM HE'S SUCH A HOMOPHOBE" politically correct bullshit!
    Actually Slash is pro-gay rights so I'm surprised he used it that way.
    Well I'm not surprised. It's just a freaking word, people need to get over it. Just because you use certain words doesn't make you racist, or homphobic, anti-retard, etc... Just part of the vocab. Enough with this PC crap. Taking issue with people calling something "gay is so gay.
    Having fun with your little anti-PC rant? You obviously can't put yourself in someone else's shoes if you can't understand how something that personal being used as a catch-all insult is incredibly offensive. Just because it doesn't have a history of oppression behind it like the N-word doesn't mean it isn't just as hurtful. However, by no means do I support banning it because that would violate the first amendment, and you have every right to use it, but I also have every right to point out your homophobia for what it is. Using "certain words" like the N-word absolutely does make you a bigot because only a bigot would use those words, so either own up to it or stop saying it. Having a little common decency for your fellow human beings is not such a difficult thing.
    Also let's take into account some other 'catch-all' insults. Dumb, stupid, lame, retarded, etc... So if you're not having a good time, don't say "This is so lame". You might hurt someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury or illness affecting the leg or foot. Also, if someone is having trouble seeign something, never blurt out "What are you, blind?!?!", as you may offend an actual blind person by inferring that blindness is a negative trait. You see where I'm going with this? I think we;d actually have less problems in the world if we did away with the hyper-sensitivity to everything people say, stop apologizing and just realize that just because we all use certain words that have been associated with insults doesn't mean we are homophobic, racist, retardophobic, etc...
    Wrong sir. If it's not used in a manner to convey actual bigotted or homophobic feelings, then it is neither. It's not about common decency, it's about lightening up. Getting upset about "slurs" is oversensitivity. I am Polish. I've heard every joke in the book. I don't cringe at the word 'Polak'. I don't get upset when people make light of the stereotype that all Polish people are stupid. It's not the same as the struggle gay have gone through, but it's just about getting over it. It's not my job or duty as a fellow human being to try and figure out what is going to offend every single sensitive loser on the planet. Getting offended is just lame. It's for people with no sense of humor. You are gay. oohhhhh!!!! I said it! I said it in a "derogatory" way! And now the world is much worse and more hateful. Right?
    You're missing the point entirely. When you call anything you don't like "gay", you're sub-consciously saying you don't like gays. That's the implication. Imagine how it would feel to have your sexuality used as an insult. It's nothing like being polish because polish people aren't marginalized and bullied for it. There's no underlying pain behind it. Telling gay people to just "get over it" is incredibly ****ed up. Again, you obviously just can't understand how it is to be a sensitive person who has to deal with hate all the time for no reason. The more you hear it, the more it builds up frustration inside. Claiming that there would be less problems in the world if everyone was free to insult and spread hate as much as they please is absurd. The world would be a better place if everyone treated each other with respect and love. And all those catch-all insults are wrong, they're only more socially acceptable because you hardly ever run into a blind person. If you did, they would absolutely take issue with that.
    Gay means happy. Sweet Child of Mine is a happy song. It is a [i]gay song.I am gay.We should all be gay.
    He's a homophobe, you're a homophobe. When you continue to add to the negative attitude surrounding homosexuality you're being a homophobe. That's how that works.
    Let's be honest, every Guns/Slash fan thinks the same thing, but we love it anyway!
    I think "Bicycle Race" may be the gayest thing you could write, actually. It's an exemplary masterpiece of a gay song perhaps, in every sense of the word.
    So we're just gonna completely misrepresent what he said in the title, yeah? Cool.
    Title - "Slash: 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Is One of the Gayest Things You Can Write" In reference to SCOM, Slash states that "This was an uptempo ballad. That's one of the gayest things you can write". What is your problem with the title?
    I too would like to know what the problem is.
    In my opinion the video for "Estranged" is far more "gay" in terms of GnR songs. Great song... but just a weird weird video.
    Sleeping in
    I hear this in every guitar store I go in... maybe I just hate it because it's overplayed.
    He is simply saying he wasn't happy with the song as a whole but was happy with the riff. As far as KK your opinion means jack as this article has nothing to do with any comparison between the two songs or comparison to any other song. Though you are entitled to an opinion its moot.
    It's been stated by Slash many times that Sweet Child O' Mine is his least favorite Guns N' Roses song. It was based off of one of his warmups. Why do people have to keep asking these artists the same questions? Is there really nothing new to talk about with them?
    Slash is a total moron. He's lucky Izzy and Axl picked him up in the 80's and gave him a gig. Once a great player, now he just tries to cover himself which is about the most boring thing he could do.
    He really could've worded his opinion better. Using 'gay' as a derogatory term is what most refer to as homophobia
    It's not homophobic, it's just a word. You can be pro-homo and still use slang that you've used since you were a kid. You're not attacking a gay person's personal preference, just using a freaking word. I think it's more a case of people like you being oversensitive. You're gay! hee hee!
    Lol Natures
    You're being homophobophobic. I am outraged and offended, and I demand an apology.