Legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) was interviewed on last night's (Friday, April 30) edition of IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's weekly BBC 6 Music radio program, dubbed "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". You can now listen to the broadcast for the next seven days at BBC.co.uk.
Slash has defended recording a new version of the GUNS classic "Paradise City" with Fergie and the members of hip-hop collective CYPRESS HILL in a new interview with Spinner. Slash said about the track, which appeared as a bonus cut on the deluxe version of his new solo album, "I've been playing 'Paradise City' with CYPRESS HILL since 2002 — I just love the way they do the verses — and we always have somebody come up and do the chorus. I always said, 'one of these days, we've got to record this' and here we were, seven years later . . . I'd just done 'Beautiful Dangerous' with Fergie, so I said, 'why don't you sing the chorus?' just for the hell of it."
Slash told The Pulse of Radio how he first met Fergie and what he thought of her. "I did a BLACK EYED PEAS fundraiser called Peapod, and she showed up," he said. "I'd never met her before, and I was expecting, really, I thought, a Puerto Rican girl, 'cause of the way that her songs sort of sound. And so here's this white girl from Orange County and that really sort of surprised me. And then we started doing this LED ZEPPELIN song and she jumped on the vocal and it just blew my mind."
Slash first issued "Paradise City" as a Japanese B-side, but he said the song got onto the Internet and immediately drew a sharp response from fans: "I had all the GUNS N' ROSES purists that were really pissed off about it and I had all these other people that really liked it."
As for deciding to include it on the deluxe edition of his solo record, Slash said, "I just figured some people are taking it a little too seriously."
Slash's first official solo album debuted at No. 3 two weeks ago on Billboard's Top 200 chart, with 60,000 copies sold. The self-titled set features guest vocals from Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop and others, in addition to Fergie.