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Slash recalls playing sober for the first time

Slash recalled during a recent interview with BBC Radio 6 the first time he ever performed sober after years of drug abuse. Slash, who got clean in 2006, told interviewer Shaun Keaveny that he was with Velvet Revolver and still in rehab when he first stepped on stage straight. He recalled, "There was a point when Velvet went out and did a real quick tour around California. And so I left rehab and went out and did this tour, and it was the first time I'd been on stage sober -- ever (laughs). That was a trip and it was a little shaky, but you get past that pretty quickly. 'Cause you're in the moment; you can't just sit there and go, 'Oh my God, I can't do this.' You have to do it. So I got over that pretty quickly."

Slash told us a while back how he knew it was finally time to get clean: "When I was doing all that stuff and I woke up at the hospital enough times or on the kitchen floor or whatever the deal was, there was a point there when all of a sudden I realized that these near-death experiences are too commonplace and I probably shouldn't be here. And I think at that point I figured I probably only have a few more trump cards left, if any, so I figured it's probably time to sort of focus on trying to be a little bit more responsible."

Tom Zutaut, a former Geffen Records executive who was responsible for signing Slash's first band, Guns N' Roses, was famously quoted as saying that at the height of the band's success he was worried that he would one day turn on the radio and find out that Slash had died of an overdose.

Slash's third solo album, World On Fire, will be released on September 15th.

The guitarist and his band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012's Apocalyptic Love.

Slash and his band are currently on a summer tour with Aerosmith. The trek stops on Wednesday night (July 30th) in Los Angeles.

Photo © Todd Morgan,

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