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“It’s Surreal”: Slash Talks About Being Back in Guns N’ Roses

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By Christopher Scapelliti | Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Slash gave his first interview since teaming back up with Axl Rose and Duff McKagan for Guns N’ Roses’ “Not in This Lifetime” tour, and you can hear it below.

Slash spoke with Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer on WZLX radio and said everything is going well, though it still feels “surreal” to be back in Guns N’ Roses. The group’s tour kicked off on June 23 at Ford Field in Detroit, and features classic lineup members Slash, bassist McKagan and Rose backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

“All the shows have been great that we’ve done so far,” Slash says. “Last night was only our third show on this leg and then we did seven shows prior to that.”

Kramer asked if everyone in the group is “playing nice.” Slash said, “Everybody’s getting along and everybody’s playing great, and the shows have been awesome.”

As for reuniting with his former bandmates, Slash says, “We all were pretty positive that that would never happen, so it’s still sort of blowing our minds. It seems so surreal to me, you know. But everybody’s really getting along great and I think everybody’s come a long way, and it’s all cool.”

After the Guns N’ Roses tour wraps up in August, Rose will head back out on the road with AC/DC to complete a handful of makeup dates the band was unable to fulfill last March when singer Brian Johnson was forced to quit touring due to his hearing problems.

You can hear Slash’s interview below. Remaining dates for the Guns N’ Roses tour are at bottom.

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7/6 – Cincinnati, OH: Paul Brown Stadium
7/9 – Nashville, TN: Nissan Stadium
7/12 – Pittsburgh, PA: Heinz Field
7/14 – Philadelphia, PA: Lincoln Financial Field
7/16 – Toronto, ON: Rogers Centre
7/19 – Foxboro, MA: Gilette Stadium
7/23 – East Rutherford, NJ: MetLife Stadium
7/27 – Atlanta, GA: Georgia Dome
7/29 – Orlando, FL: Orlando Citrus Bowl
7/31 – New Orleans, LA: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
8/3 – Arlington, TX: AT&T Stadium
8/5 – Houston, TX: NRG Stadium
8/9 – San Francisco, CA: AT&T Park
8/12 – Seattle, WA: CenturyLink Field
8/15 – Glendale, AZ: University of Phoenix Stadium
8/22 – San Diego, CA: Qualcomm Stadium



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