In an interview with Ottwa Citizen, Slash has stated that he believes that the only people still obsessing about Guns n' Roses are those in the media:
"Really the only people that obsess about Guns N' Roses is media. I think it's just lack of imagination," he says. "I'm an in-the-moment person. I don't look too far in the future and I definitely don't draw on past stuff. Whatever it is that you're doing right this second, just do that and do the best you can at it. And just keep pushing forward, always forward."
The guitarist, whose third solo album was recently released, also talked about growing up as a music fan. As he notes, he always loved music, since childhood:
"I loved music from as early on as I could remember. From Stevie Wonder and Linda Ronstadt to Led Zeppelin and King Crimson. It was so much different stuff: BB King to Jimmy Cliff."
However, he was more interested in looking at guitars than being a rock star:
"I was never aspiring to be a rock star. I never fantasized about it when I was a kid. I didn't play air guitar," he says. "I always loved that moment where the equipment was on the stage and before the band came on, and, you know, looking at the guitars ... that was always really exciting to me."