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Nick Krewen of GRAMMY.com recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

GRAMMY.com: Congratulations on venturing into film with your own company, Slasher Films. Has this been a lifelong ambition?

Slash: No. It came out of nowhere, and the only way I can put it is that I had absolutely no aspirations to be a movie producer, but [I've loved] horror movies ever since I can remember and I had a very rare conversation [with another producer] where I got to express and vent my passion for horror movies — what I think is wrong with the new ones and what I think is great with the old ones. It was, from the ground up, developing this particular script and getting it to where we wanted it, and then going and casting and getting the director and meeting all these distributors … and announcing Slasher [Films] as an entity. It was really an interesting and tough struggle to get the money [for] an indie kind of thing, and it was fun.

GRAMMY.com: After this first experience, are you hungry to do it again?

Slash: Yeah, I’m looking for scripts now, trying to find that story or script that has the right elements that I can sink my teeth into and say, “This will make a great Slasher film.” A lot of people are sending me stuff now and it’s all roughly predictable. So I’m definitely looking for something different and I want a memorable sort of villain — something you could make a Halloween costume out of — something with a personality. And we have to have good actors. I want to concentrate on spending money on actors as opposed to CGI or any other of the expensive elements of making a movie.

GRAMMY.com: You’ve collaborated with an amazingly diverse group of artists — from Michael Jackson and Carole King to Iggy Pop and Fergie. Has there been anyone who has eluded you?

Slash: Well, Stevie Wonder and I have mentioned playing together a handful of times, and we still have never done it. That’s the only one that comes to mind. The rest of them — there’s not any forethought. It’s something where you meet in the lobby of a hotel or you’re at a function, or something, and maybe you’re introduced. And you naturally get to talking music, and you think you might wanna jam sometime, and that’s how those things really are born. The only time I’ve had to put some forethought into working with other musicians was when I was putting together my [2010] solo record [“Slash”] with all the different singers. That was really the first time where I had to reach out to set musicians to be able to work with them. Other than that, it’s really a spontaneous thing.

Read the entire interview at GRAMMY.com.

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Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED) will deliver the CBGB 2013 music festival keynote at the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference, which will be held October 8-13 at Lower Manhattan’s Landmark Sunshine Theater with performances at venues throughout New York City and Brooklyn.

As an integral part of some of the most successful rock bands in history — GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVERMcKagan will deliver the CBGB 2013 music festival keynote. Leading the charge of rock music since the ’80s, McKagan continues to be a potent and venerable noisemaker in the industry. A multi-faceted artist today, when McKagan isn’t shredding on the stage, he effortlessly morphs into a journalist (SeattleWeekly.com, Playboy.com, ESPN.com), an actor (“Dead Pool”, “Sliders”), or a producer (biographical documentary “It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)”). Outside of the arts, he founded Meridian Rock, a wealth management firm aimed at musicians to help educate them about their finances. His versatility and his impact are the epitome of what it means to be an artist today.

CBGB has released an interactive mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones for free download, providing real-time updates on the music showcases, film screenings, and daytime conference schedules. The app lets users set up their own “favorites” schedule for the festival, connect with other fans, and explore previews of the full offering of the CBGB Festival. The CBGB app is available for free on the Apple App store, Google Play, or via direct download.

There are a number of ways to participate in the CBGB Festival. There are a limited number of tickets available to attend the red carpet premier of “CBGB The Movie” at the Landmark Theater on Tuesday, October 8. Tickets and badges for the “CBGB The Movie” red carpet premier experience and three additional different tiers of festival access are available on the CBGB web site. The CBGB VIP Platinum Badge is available through Ticketmaster.

For more information, visit CBGB.com.

An abbreviation for “Country, BlueGrass, and Blues”, CBGB holds a very important place in rock ‘n’ roll history when it began its auspicious origin as a music club on The Bowery in New York City’s East Village. Founded by the late Hilly Kristal in 1973, CBGB became a hotbed for American punk and new music with bands like RAMONES, B-52S, TALKING HEADS, TELEVISION, BLONDIE, THE PATTI SMITH GROUP and THE DEAD BOYS.

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Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) will guest on the Thursday, September 26 episode of Conan O’Brien‘s nighttime talk show on TBS, “Conan”.

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Students at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota will get a huge treat on Saturday, September 28 when Slash comes to visit and jam with them. The school provides music education for kids from Boys & Girls Clubs and focuses on playing rock music. Academy founder and Dollar Loan Center CEO Chuck Brennan first met Slash at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. The two hit it off and started discussing the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and the fact that it’s the first-ever free music program for the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Brennan said, “Slash was so impressed that he immediately wanted to get involved and show his support to the academy and the kids. Slash will be the first celebrity rock star to watch the kids perform and see their concert.”

When Slash found out that one of the student bands intends to perform the GUNS N’ ROSES version of Bob Dylan‘s “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”, he insisted that he get up and jam with the kids.

Brennan remarked, “Can you even begin to comprehend how cool it’s going to be for these kids who just learned how to play and are performing their first little concert in front of their peers to play with Slash?” The legendary guitarist will meet with the students after the show to offer advice and encouragement.

The concert at the Academy will feature three student bands who have been learning their instruments since the school opened in April.

“Nothing Left To Fear”, the first horror film produced by Slash under his Slasher Films banner, opens in limited theatrical release on October 4, and hits VOD and DVD on October 8.

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According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, GUNS N’ ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist Daren Jay “DJ” Ashba married Colombian model Nathalia Henao Monday (September 23) in Las Vegas. A dozen friends attended the wedding at the Little Church of the West, the 70-year-old chapel which has been the scene of more celebrity marriages — including those between Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton; and Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford — than any other wedding chapel in the world.

Ashba and Henao made headlines last month when an internal investigation was launched after the guitarist and his girlfriend were given a private tour in a Las Vegas police helicopter so that the rocker could pop the question. Ashba posted a photo of the event on his Instagram page, infuriating officials who were apparently trying to determine if any department policies or regulations were violated in granting this ride-along.

Ashba, who joined GUNS N’ ROSES in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck, and his new wife met three years ago in Rome.

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Rock Science TV recently conducted an interview with Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED, WALKING PAPERS). You can now watch the chat below.

WALKING PAPERS, the much-buzzed-about new band featuring rock luminaries Duff McKagan, Barrett Martin (SCREAMING TREES, MAD SEASON), Jeff Angell and Benjamin Anderson (both of THE MISSIONARY POSITION) recently signed with Loud & Proud Records for the release of its self-titled debut.

Recorded in Seattle and mixed by veteran producer Jack Endino (SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, MUDHONEY), “Walking Papers” features a guest appearance by PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready, who played on lead single “The Whole World’s Watching” and “I’ll Stick Around”.

Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Angell and drummer Barrett Martin formed the band last year and played their first shows in Seattle as a duo. They became a trio with the addition of Duff McKagan and a quartet when keyboardist Benjamin Anderson joined the fray. Angell and Martin also served as the album’s co-producers.

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GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal was interviewed on the latest episode of “Totally Driven Radio”, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST on the VOC Nation Radio Network. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below.

Asked about GUNS N’ ROSES‘ continual stage tardiness, with long waits for singer Axl Rose just as much a definite at a the band’s concerts a couple of years ago as hearing “Paradise City” or “Welcome To The Jungle”, Thal said: “That hasn’t happened for a long time. But it did for a long time. And that’s not something that I can ignore and pretend hasn’t happened or didn’t happen.

“I absolutely had the hardest time out of anybody in the band with that stuff — with ‘late’ stuff.

“I’m always in touch with one very simple thing: you make music to make people happy. You put on a show, you entertain — whatever you wanna call it — you do it to make people happy. And to be happy, and to just share this great moment together. And anything that takes away from that or undoes that or creates the opposite of that is completely just anti why you’re doing what you’re doing. So if there are 20,000 people that are pissed off, ’cause we just left them…

“I mean, hell, if I have to wait five minutes longer in a doctor’s office, or in traffic or something like that, I’m starting to get annoyed. So imagine, if that’s five minutes, imagine two hours. Yeah, I get it; I totally get it. It’s not like I don’t care, it’s just… there’s nothing I can do.

“But that was something I had a very hard time with, and there’s been times when I just walked off stage and just started throwing a fit on the side. I had a really hard time with that, and I understand, and I know. And it’s not just that, it’s not just the waiting, it’s the fact that.. if you’re gonna do that to someone that isn’t expecting that and has a babysitter waiting, or you have to be up in four hours for work, or whatever it is, or the buses are gonna stop running soon, or whatever it is.

“It’s, like, you didn’t go out that night and buy those tickets and do us the honor of having your presence there just to stain our existence so that we could completely fuck you and inconvenience you and put you in this position wher, alright, ‘My life is gonna be really annoying, and I have to choose between missing the show after waiting for it, or seeing it.’

“I’ve gotten so much resentment over that from people. And they have the right. And I’m just happy that that’s not happening anymore. And I’m really, really happy that we’ve been going on time, close to on time, sometimes early. And I know the fans are very happy; the people that come to the show are much happier about that.

“There’s always the fans that are, like, ‘Nah, it’s a rock concert. They should be three hours late.’ Maybe for you, but not for the other 20,000 people… Everyone’s got responsibilities. Rent isn’t what it was in the ’70s. There’s a lot more living hand to mouth, and you can’t fuck with that. And I get it. And this is not some kind of, like… I’m not trying to bash Axl or anything. I get it. And I’m just glad that we’ve been doing better with that.”

In an August 2010 radio interview, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, a close personal friend of Axl Rose, offered an explanation for why the GUNS N’ ROSES frontman is persistently late going on stage. “Everybody has all these theories as to why he acts the way he acts, and there’s no big mystery,” Bach said. “He tells me the source of all of the insanity — it’s his voice. It’s his job to sing like that, and sometimes that sound is hard for him. And a lot of singers, you know… To sing in that range is just not an easy thing to do. And he does what he can, and it takes him 45 more minutes to warm up his pipes so he can sing ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’.”

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Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) will attend the first ever student concert on September 28 at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls to support both the academy and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire.

Brennan Rock & Roll Academy founder and Dollar Loan Center CEO, Chuck Brennan, had the pleasure of meeting the legendary guitarist Slash at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, where Slash opened for KISS. Earlier that day, KISS made a stop by the Academy for a dedication of the KISS rehearsal rooms.

Brennan and Slash hit it off from the get go and started discussing the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and the fact that it’s the first-ever free music program for the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs. “Slash was so impressed that he immediately wanted to get involved and show his support to the academy and the kids,” Brennan said. “Slash will be the first celebrity rock star to watch the kids perform and see their concert.”

But that was not enough for Slash. When he found out that one of the student bands had chosen the GUNS N’ ROSES version of “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”, he insisted that he get up and jam with the kids.

“Can you even begin to comprehend how cool it’s going to be for these kids who just learned how to play and are performing their first little concert in front of their peers to play with Slash?” Brennan said.

The student concert at the academy will feature three student bands that have been learning how to play instruments and rehearsing since the academy opened in April. The concert is NOT open to the public, which makes it even more special for the children.

After the show, Slash will meet the students and offer words of encouragement.

“This is a HUGE deal for not only the students and academy but also the community. This music program has taken on a life of its own around the country — having Slash brings it to the next level for sure,” said Brennan.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy is the first music program EVER in support of the Boys and Girls Club. Brennan made a 20-year commitment to the incredible program and facility in which the costs will exceed over $3,600,000.

“This academy means the world to me — it is in my home town and I myself was a member of the Boys and Girls Club growing up. It is amazing to receive so much support from iconic rock stars,” Brennan said.

“Since opening in April, many iconic rock stars have visited the academy and performed including KISS, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Robby Krieger, NIGHT RANGER and even George Lopez,” adds Brennan.

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Spokane’s Rock 94 1/2 conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows told a Canadian radio station that he isn’t bothered by recent comments from MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, in which Flynn called the band’s new “Hail To The King” CD a “covers album.” Flynn specifically called the band out for songs like “This Means War”, which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA‘s “Sad But True”, along with others.

Shadows told the Ottawa station, “I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he’s always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke . . . I really don’t know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the ‘Sad But True’ thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he . . . If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, ’cause it doesn’t make sense in my mind.”

Shadows added, “Some people might see it as being as an underhanded . . . joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that’s totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it’s no skin off our backs.”

Flynn didn’t pull any punches in his critique, writing, “Congratulations to AVENGED SEVENFOLD on their latest ‘covers album’ coming in at #1, who knew that re-recording METALLICA, GUNS N ROSES, and MEGADETH songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!”

Asked if the bands Flynn mentioned were influences, Shadows replied, “I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by. I think also [BLACK] SABBATH, [LED] ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES.”

“Hail To The King” sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010′s “Nightmare”.

Next up for AVENGED SEVENFOLD is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3 in Chicago.

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Atlantic City Insiders recently conducted an interview with HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale. You can now listen to the chat below.

HALESTORM will release a new EP called “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVerRs eP” on October 15. The six-song EP follows up 2011′s “ReAniMate”, which featured the band’s renditions of songs by SKID ROW, GUNS N’ ROSES, LADY GAGA and THE BEATLES. The new collection will feature tracks originally written and recorded by JUDAS PRIEST, DAFT PUNK, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, FLEETWOOD MAC and MARILYN MANSON.

The Pulse Of Radio asked Lzzy Hale if the band had ever been denied permission to record a song for one of these EPs. “We were denied after the fact, actually, on the last cover EP,” she said. “We thought we had gotten approval for ‘Out Ta Get Me’ by GUNS N’ ROSES, and apparently everybody had approved it but Axl [Rose] — but nobody told him. So we had recorded it, we released it, and then he found out and I guess — what was the stipulation? We, like, could do it digitally but not physically, which I thought was kind of weird.”

Hale said about the new EP, “Like our first ‘ReAniMate’ EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves. We decided to go more ‘bare bones’ with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real.”

HALESTORM won the Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)”, from the band’s second album, “The Strange Case Of…”

The latest single from the 2012 release is “Here’s To Us”, which was also featured on a February 2012 episode of “Glee”.

HALESTORM is currently on a North American tour that ends in early October, after which the band will head to Europe. But they’ll be back in late November for one more round of North American shows to finish out the year.

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