"I didn't walk into their dressing room with a bag of blow and an open bottle of Jack Daniels; we weren't going to do that...plus, those [drugs] were mine!" recalls Slash, laughing. The mono-monikered guitar star is flashing back to when Guns 'N' Roses opened for Aerosmith in 1988. "We had a blast, and it was one of the best professional experiences of my career--having Guns open up for Aerosmith and having our band fucking finally cross that wave. That was just really cool."
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Cut to 26 years later, and he's again opening for Aerosmith, this time gone from Guns for 18 years, sober for nine, and with his band of about three years--Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The iconic, large-than-life cartoon character that is Slash hasn't outgrown his rock ''n' roll all night and party every day (and night) lifestyle, though these days, the father of two lives it minus booze and substances. A sober Slash is a busy Slash: "I enjoy what I do and I get bored easily. I need to play. If I'm not on tour, I'm jamming. And if not I'm doing a session; I'm always playing."
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