Slash: Young Musicians ‘Just Want to Grab a Bunch of Cash’
At a certain point, just about all of us acquire enough age and/or experience that the actions of younger generations start to seem a little strange -- or outright foolish. For Slash, that time might be now.
He vented his frustrations with the youth of the entertainment industry in a recent interview with Ireland's Independent, sneering, "You know what's wrong with the whole f---in' entertainment business? Kids these days just want to grab a bunch of cash, do as little work, with as little integrity as possible, and just f---ing retire, man."
It's an attitude Slash can't understand or abide because, as he insisted, he pursued a career in music "because I loved playing. I loved doing concerts. I loved recording. And that's still what I'm in it for today." (His fans seem to appreciate it, too; his latest effort, the recently released 'World on Fire,' debuted at No. 10 in the U.S.)
Asked what he'd say to his young sons (Cash, 10, and London, 12) if they came to him and said they wanted to follow in his footsteps, he struck a reasonable tone. "I'd say, 'Look, if you want to pick up an instrument, play it because you love the sound it makes. If you want to write songs and be in a band, that's fine, too. Just know there's nothing to be gained from it except personal enjoyment.'"
Concluded Slash, "The chance of getting anywhere with it are so slim that you really need to be doing it for the love of it and not have any expectations. But they're my kids, and I'm going to support them whatever they decide to do. Right now, I don't see them headed in that direction. But then it didn't click with me either 'til I was almost 15 years old."
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