Slash has spoken about the #MeToo movement in a new interview, saying he supports it but is concerned about possible false accusations.
The guitarist discussed the rise of the movement, which has changed attitudes towards sexual misconduct, in an interview with Classic Rock magazine.
“I think the #MeToo movement is definitely justified – it’s actually way overdue,” Slash said. “[It’s complicated] in the context of being in a fucking rock and roll band.”
He added that the cultural shift had forced him to look back at his own behaviour and re-evaluate it. “Fortunately, I’m taken, so I’m not dealing with all that, but I have to admit there were times I looked into my past and [as if he’s talking to himself]: ‘Well that was consensual,'” he said.
The Guns N’ Roses star continued to say that false accusations could be harmful to the people accused even if they were proven to be innocent later on. “The problem is that you could be falsely accused of something, but it almost doesn’t matter – it’s out there,” he explained. “Even if you were to get your name cleared, the damage is already done. And that’s pretty sad.”
Meanwhile, Slash gave his verdict on the chances of a new Guns N’ Roses album happening in another interview earlier this summer.
Appearing on Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation show, the guitarist said: “It’s been talked about. I think everybody wants to do it, and we’ll just see what happens. We’ve been busy doing this running around the planet.”
The band last released an album in 2008 with ‘Chinese Democracy‘, which famously took 25 years to record.