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Slash: ‘Very Proud’ Of The Heritage Of Guns N’ Roses

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Slash has done a lot of things and he says he’d like to be remembered for more than just being the guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, even if he is very proud of his work with that band.

Prior to his gig at the Oxegen Fest in Ireland, the veteran guitarist talked about the inevitable subjects of Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses, saying hat he doesn’t “really like to spend a lot of time talking about them” but that the “strong legacy” for each band is “interesting.”

“The level of hysteria around the band – or should I say the name Guns N’ Roses, has continued. I don’t totally understand that.”

Being forever tagged as the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist isn’t all bad, he says: “it’s likely for some time this was my claim to fame, and sometimes it was tedious to be constantly referred to as that. At the same time, I can’t really complain because that’s how I got to be here. Plus, I’m very proud of the heritage of Guns N’ Roses, but I agree it can be a little tiresome when all you’re remembered for is your time in that band.”

Despite the large amount of hype surrounding the Velvet Revolver project because of the former GNR members in the lineup, Slash says it wasn’t an issue for the band to follow in the footsteps of their previous band’s sizable legacy, because “it’s been so long since Duff and myself were in the band.”

Slash was joined at his Oxegen Fest performance by Fergie for a performance of their song ‘Beautiful Dangerous’ and a rippin’ cover of Heart’s ‘Barracuda.’

Watch Slash Perform ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

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