Slash has once again credited GRETA VAN FLEET's success with "opening up doors for a lot of other kids" who are playing rock music for "all the right reasons."
Despite the fact that GRETA VAN FLEET has been criticized for channeling a sound uncannily similar to LED ZEPPELIN, the Michigan band has wracked up millions of streams, late-night appearances, spots on the world's biggest festivals, and sold out shows around the globe.
Speaking to the Guitar Interactive, the GUNS N' ROSES guitarist — who is currently on tour with his band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS — was asked if he has an opinion on GRETA VAN FLEET. He responded (see video below): "Everybody keeps asking me [that]. I don't, really. I can't say that I listen to 'em, but I love the fact that they're sort of coming from a pure place. I have to admit the stuff I heard does sound very reminiscent of ZEPPELIN, and I've heard some stories about how they were raised on that. And it's all good. When they put out their next record, we'll see if they can branch away from that and become their own band. But at the same time, the fact that they're having success is opening up doors for a lot of other kids."
Although there aren't a lot of newer artists who can compete with their predecessors in terms of influence and popularity, Slash believes that "there's a wave coming. There's not really much else I can say, because I do my thing, and I'm sort of watching peripherally what's happening, what everybody else is doing," he said. "I have to admit, most of the bands that are putting out records that I listen to are bands that I've known for a long time — ALICE IN CHAINS' new record, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and FOO FIGHTERS; whatever. But there's a thing happening, bubbling under the surface with kids right now that are going in rock and roll for what I would call all the right reasons, as opposed to trying to be celebrities before they can put together five chords. It seems like there's a real attitude and a real hunger to do something that's got some balls."
Slash is continuing to tour in support of his latest album, "Living The Dream", which was released in September via his own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.
"Living The Dream" is Slash's fourth solo album, and third with Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals).