Guitar greats don’t just pick up the instrument the day they are born. There’s usually an inspiration that inspires a desire to pick up the guitar, and in a conversation with producer Dave Cobb on Apple Music’s Southern Accents Radio, Slash revealed that the album that brought him to play. the guitar for the first time was that of Cream. Disraeli gears.
The legendary trio of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce had a relatively short tenure, but made a gigantic impact during their brief appearance with the 1967 second album, Disraeli Gears, providing fans with rock classics such as “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Strange Brew.”
“Right off the bat, Disraeli Gears was the record that took me from bass to guitar,” Slash recalls. “When I first came in to learn an instrument, I intended to play bass because Steven Adler, the original drummer for Guns N ‘Roses, when he and I first met , he was already playing guitar, so we were going to make a band so I was going to start playing bass, but I didn’t really know technically the difference between bass and guitar back then. “
Slash met a guitar teacher and during their first session he started playing “Sunshine of Your Love”, to which Slash replied, “That’s what I want to do.” “It was the guitar, right, the electric guitar, and that’s where I picked the guitar,” Slash says. “So Disraeli gears, besides being one of the great rock and roll blues records of the day, if not all time, it’s also what made me pick up the guitar in the first place. “
Upon release, Cream’s Disraeli gears peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It has since been certified platinum in the United States. Revisit “Sunshine of Your Love,” the first song that captured Slash’s ear and made him want to play guitar, in the player below.
Of course, Slash rose to fame as a guitarist and while the last few years have been spent promoting his return to Guns N ‘Roses, Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have a new album, 4, released in February.
Listen to Slash’s full interview on Apple Music Radio Accents du Sud here.