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SLASH is back - and this time he won't keep us waiting

Saturday morning TV has provided some classic moments down the years. From the look of horror on Agnetha's face as ABBA took a call from a Glaswegian viewer on Swapshop, Noel Edmonds having to translate for her, to Matt Bianco being called w*****s by an irate music-lover - it can be a treacherous business for both hosts and acts, as Ant & Dec found out to their cost several years ago.

Interviewing former Guns N'Roses guitarist Slash about his new project, Slash's Snakepit, the enthusiastic pair made the fatal mistake of asking him what was the strangest thing that had ever happened to him. Now, given that here was a man noted for maximum Rock'n'Roll excess, who happened to be wearing a top hat and shades at 10 in the morning, this possibly wasn't the wisest move. However, watching Slash cheerily launch into an anecdote about eating a pizza at a bar while a young lady, er, pleasured him and the sheer terror in the presenters' eyes was priceless. Dec had to stop the story and apologise to the parents of the million-odd children watching the show. A great TV moment.

Even when in G'N'R, the Stoke-on-Trent born Slash always came across as more interested in the music than the circus that went with it, not that he didn't participate. It's his distinctive guitar sound as much as Axl Rose's banshee shriek which helped their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction shift well over 20 million copies, giving us rock classics such as Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City and Welcome to the Jungle into the bargain.

Having slogged in the fleapits of the LA metal scene for years, G'N'R took to rock stardom like the proverbial ducks to water, but increasingly erratic behaviour from the singer, drummer Steven Adler being fired for his drug habit and the sheer extravagance of releasing two double albums on the same day in September 1991, the crazy Use Your Illusion project, ultimately did for them.

While Rose wasted untold millions on the band's next album, Chinese Democracy, and regularly caused riots due to late appearances onstage (Dublin's O2 fiasco a few years back even made Liveline), Slash jumped ship in 1995 and seems by far the happier bunny. He's not reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination, the music being fairly generic albeit superbly-played, but he seems dedicated to his craft and genuinely delighted to be back in front of adoring audiences. Oh, and he won't be keeping the crowd waiting 'til mad o'clock.

Slash plays the 3Arena on Monday.


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