Rock Quick Hits: Guns N’ Roses, Kiss

  • While appearing on SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk Podcast, Slash dispelled the long rumored tale that the intro to Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was actually just a warm-up exercise: “Somebody else said that and it just became one of those things. It wasn’t a warm-up exercise. I was sitting around the house where Guns used to live at one point in ’86 I guess it was and I just came up with this riff. It was just me messing around and putting notes together like any riff you do. You’re like, ‘This is cool,’ and then you put the third note and find a melody like that. So it was a real riff, it wasn’t a warm-up exercise.”
    • He went on to say, “That’s how it started, and then Izzy (Stradlin) started playing the chords behind it and then Axl (Rose) heard it and it started from there.” (Loudwire)
  • Regarding Kiss‘ future beyond its ongoing final tour, Paul Stanley told Ultimate Classic Rock, “Kiss is like an army or a sports team. When the MVP is no longer playing or retired, the team doesn’t call it quits. On a battlefield, an army, when they lose soldiers, doesn’t wave the white flag. Somebody else picks up the weapon and runs forward. So in one form or another, I believe there will always be a Kiss.” (UltimateClassicRock)