Slash Could Have Joined Poison
Pre-GNR, Slash auditioned for the bandA new book called Reckless Road And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction by friend of the band, Marc Canter, reveals that Slash was touted for a place in Poison before CC Deville got the role.
In a new interview with Legendary Rock Interview, Canter revealed that Slash wasn't particularly keen on the gig but was looking for a band before he joined Guns N Roses.
"Slash almost joined Poison... who were being managed by Vicky Hamilton," Canter told Legendary Rock Interview. "He didn’t really wanna join but he knew it was a good opportunity because they were a big drawing act and their guitarist Matt had gotten his girlfriend pregnant and wanted to go back to Pennsylvania, but he and Slash were friendly. Matt liked Slash, he had seen HOLLYWOOD ROSE open a couple Poison gigs and and wanted him to take over in Poison gig.
"Slash really didn’t wanna do it, he didn’t like the music, he didn’t like the silly string and the image. I told him ‘Dude, you gotta do it, you don’t have a band, you’ll be able to record an album and it will be a stepping stone to other things’ but he still really didn’t wanna go audition. He did go because I basically kept buggin’ him and I actually drove him out to go see them play this sold out show and convinced him to audition like ‘Man, look at this’ though he clearly wasn’t into it and basically blew the audition. He was not into the music or the image and I guess he made some of that way too clear to the Poison guys. They knew he was clearly adept at the guitar parts and all but when it came down to it they were looking for someone who was really into the whole presentation and willing to play that game. Oddly enough, Slash walked out of the audition and saw C.C. walking in and knew without even hearing him play that he was the guy they were looking for, he just was so obviously perfect for Poison."