Watch Slash’s Teen Rock Band Audition in New Capital One Ad
He may have paid his way to rock legends Guns N’ Roses, but guitarist Slash remains humble. So humble, in fact, that he was spotted playing the iconic riff of Sweet Child O Mine at an audition for a teenage rock band.
Okay, this isn’t an actual audition, more of a new ad for financial firm Capital One, but the top hat is tearing the appetite for destruction cut as if his role in the fresh-faced rock outfit really depended on it.
For the man who wrote some of the most classic 1987 rock riffs in history appetite for destructionSlash revealed earlier this week that he never owned a copy of the album himself.
“I mean, you make a record, you go through this whole process of creating the music and working on it with the guys and developing it,” he said. Gold Mine Magazine (opens in a new tab). “Then you go into the studio and you record it, and then you go in and mix. And then the final process is mastering. And once it’s done and ready to go, you’re on to something else.
“It’s like you’ve gone through everything you need on this material, and the only thing you have to look forward to at this point is to go out and play it.”
More than four decades into his career, Slash remains one of the most active guitarists on the scene. Besides his involvement in Capital One’s latest commercial, he’s had a busy 2022, touring extensively with Guns N’ Roses and debuting the fourth feature of his solo side project with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
This album, says Slash total guitar in March, was recorded in just five days.
“It felt like it was a meeting of minds,” he said. “We went to Nashville, got the gear ready and just started playing. We did two songs a day for five days and it was basically the whole record with no overdubs or background vocals. We were using wedges as monitors and it was like playing in a club. Myles was in a booth right next to us, but I could see him and he just sang.
“There would be two or three takes and that was it. I think Myles thought, ‘I can always go back and do this or that again’, but then he was the first to test positive for Covid. The vocals were great so there was no need to go back and do them again.