VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash recently told New Zealand's 3 News that has GN'R started playing in 1985 out of their love for the music, not because they had any aspirations to become rich and famous.
"Actually the [early] gigs never did pay that well but somehow they managed to... yeah, they paid the rent in one place that we used to squat in," he said. "We actually looked forward to getting paid after a gig, but it was usually for the beer, you know."
He added, "I'd a lot of jobs, at some point there was a little hustling involved as far as like, a little bit of drugs, a little bit of this and that, but prior to that it was just, you know, I kept a straight job for a while."
Slash left GUNS N' ROSES in 1996 after creative differences with lead singer Axl Rose — but he still feels proud that whatever they did, they did it their way.
"Everybody else is making compromises and concessions so that they can make it big and get their, you know, their picture on the cover of Teen Beat or Us Weekly or whatever, you know, so, so...There's a sort of, kind of, selling out to that. But I think what was great about GUNS N' ROSES is that we made it on our own integrity and we didn't give up anything to anybody and made it on our own merit."
Watch video footage of Slash speaking to 3 News at this location.