GUNS N’ ROSES SLASH: ‘I Was The Guy Who Initially Was Not A Big Fan Of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ Back In The Day’


Yeah, my child of the night, have you ever heard about artist that don’t like their own art? Or musicians that don’t like their music? Well, here’s Slash to prove this thesis right. Take a look:

“You know, what happens is you come up with something you think is cool, but how it’s going to translate to other people, you never know.

“I was the guy who initially was not a big fan of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ back in the day.

“That was more not because of the riff, it was really more about the type of song it was at the time because we were a pretty hard-driving band, and that was sort of an uptempo ballad-y type of a thing.

“So it’s grown on me over the years, but that’s a riff that I never knew was going to take off the way it did.”

In 2014 he told WEBN:

“I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t fond of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ And that gives you a good idea of how credible my opinion is … The actual riff itself I love, but the song itself…

“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, sort of, schtick. And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had.”