Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist, Slash has recalled the “intimidating” experience of performing in front of Jimmy Page and Brian May. With these two legends in the audience, the Sweet Child o’ Mine rocker had been completely in awe of his predecessors.
The guitarist had his awkward moment come while touring around the UK with Velvet Revolver in 2005. Speaking recently to 95.5 KLOS, Slash revealed he had never met the pair of rock gods ever before, although regarded both as his heroes.
“I get probably as starstruck, if not more starstruck, than the average person,” Slash said. “You have to keep your cool and try not to make anybody uncomfortable by telling them what a big influence they are on you right away. … I think that’s unnerving. It is for me because I don’t know how to react.”
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Having previously met Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Slash found them both to be “really really cool. But I’ll tell you one story [about] meeting some guitar heroes and just what an impact it has. I was doing a show at Hammersmith. Jimmy Page and Brian May … showed up at the gig. Talk about just being really uncomfortable! But they’re lovely guys – really, really down-to-earth. And I was really happy to meet them and also to find that they were sort of human. But I’ll never forget that as being one of the most intimidating shows I ever did.”
As Slash recalls, the guitarist had been sleeping on his tour bus when Page came onboard, before encountering Brian May backstage “just before we went on. And then those guys both sat on the side of the stage while we played,” Slash noted. “So it was an entire day!