Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash: ‘Music has lost its magic’

Guitarist says downloading has damaged the excitement of hearing new tunes…

Slash has claimed that music has lost its “magic”.

The guitarist, who is set to release his second solo album ‘Apocalyptic Love’ on May 21, told Absolute Radio that the growth of downloading and the fall in popularity of CDs had ruined the excitement of listening to new music for the first time.

“There was a certain excitement that came with the release of a new record, and a lot of it was just the package itself, and it was something that you milled over while you were listening to the record,” he said.

“It was sad to see them sort of get phased out but, you know, with CDs at least you still had the booklets, but now, when you look at the digital situation, you’re like ‘There’s nothing in it’, you know.”

He added:

It’s not even tangible any more. It’s convenient, but you lose the magic of it.

Last week, Slash confirmed that the original line-up of Guns N’ Roses would not perform together at their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction next month, although all the former members who contributed to their classic album ‘Appetite For Destruction’ will attend the ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14.

The guitarist is set to play a one-off UK show at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on June 6. The show is two days before Slash headlines the second stage at this summer’s Download Festival..

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