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Slash recalled during a recent interview with BBC Radio 6 the first time he ever performed sober after years of drug abuse. Slash, who got clean in 2006, told interviewer Shaun Keaveny that he was with Velvet Revolver and still in rehab when he first stepped on stage straight. He recalled, "There was a point when Velvet went out and did a real quick tour around California. And so I left rehab and went out and did this tour, and it was the first time I'd been on stage sober -- ever (laughs). That was a trip and it was a little shaky, but you get past that pretty quickly. 'Cause you're in the moment; you can't just sit there and go, 'Oh my God, I can't do this.' You have to do it. So I got over that pretty quickly."


Slash told us a while back how he knew it was finally time to get clean: "When I was doing all that stuff and I woke up at the hospital enough times or on the kitchen floor or whatever the deal was, there was a point there when all of a sudden I realized that these near-death experiences are too commonplace and I probably shouldn't be here. And I think at that point I figured I probably only have a few more trump cards left, if any, so I figured it's probably time to sort of focus on trying to be a little bit more responsible."

  • Tom Zutaut, a former Geffen Records executive who was responsible for signing Slash's first band, Guns N' Roses, was famously quoted as saying that at the height of the band's success he was worried that he would one day turn on the radio and find out that Slash had died of an overdose.
  • Slash's third solo album, World On Fire, will be released on September 15th.
  • The guitarist and his band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012's Apocalyptic Love.
  • Slash and his band are currently on a summer tour with Aerosmith. The trek stops on Wednesday night (July 30th) in Los Angeles.


  • Do you think Slash would have survived and would still be around today if he didn't clean up his act?
  • Isn't it pretty amazing to realize that all the members of Guns N' Roses are still with us, despite that band's reputation during their peak years?
  • Have you ever had anyone in your life -- a friend or family member -- where you thought, "I don't expect them to be around much longer" because of the way they treated themselves or lived their lives?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

Yggdrasil Ginnungagap wrote: "I love reading these kind of stories. Shows how thankful people are for their sobriety. Slash seems to have a very positive life now, congrats to him."

Brad Daugs wrote: "it is weird playing sober. i never did a sober gig as an adult until 2005, i did one just to prove to myself i could. i did not enjoy it, bar full of drunks having a good time, and just not feeling part of it at all. i still do a sober gig from time to time, its not a bad thing but it does always feel strange."

Eyam TheZombie wrote: "Hell, I never even rehearsed sober. lol"

Slash On Knowing When It Was Time To Get Clean

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