The legend that is Guns ‘N’ Roses’ guitarist Slash has shared his thoughts on Metallica’s Garage Days as part of a conversation with Sex Pistols’ own legendary guitarist Steve Jones.
Chatting to Jones as part of his 95.5 KLOS radio show called ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’, Slash was discussing his own foray into the ‘covers’ space with Guns ‘N’ Roses own covers record The Spaghetti Incident from 1993.
Talking about how they pulled the record together Slash said: “Duff [McKagan] picked a couple. ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ (by The Skyliners), I remember [Axl Rose] had brought it up, and I’d always loved that song, so I was, like, ‘Yeah, that’d be a great song to do.’ I think ‘Hair Of The Dog’ (by Nazareth] was one of the ones that he and I both wanted to do. But, yeah, everybody sort of threw ideas in the hat.”
“It was a hell of a lot of fun. It was very spontaneous and it was recorded in different studios around – well, some stuff was in the States; I think we recorded some stuff in, I wanna say Canada – don’t quote me on that. But I know that there were different studios, different locations while we were on the road. So we would just pop in. And [‘Since I Don’t Have You’], I remember we just rented out some studio in the middle of the country somewhere – just found it, booked it, went in there and whipped it out. So it was a lot of fun to make.”
The guitarist went on to offer his own fandom for a classic covers album “Just being able to do an interpretation of a song that you really like [is really cool],” he explained. “Some cover records are better than others. But the ones where the artist really relates to the original material and it becomes part of their personality when they re-record it, I think that’s really cool. I thought Garage Days from Metallica (the band’s 1987’s The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited) was one of the best cover records of all-time. It was great.”