During a recent interview with Revolver, Slash talked about Guns N’ Roses’ massive “Appetite for Destruction – Locked and Loaded” box set, which comes with a hefty price of $999. You can check out the conversation below.
How did Guns go about creating the massive new box set for ‘Appetite for Destruction’?
“The box set was for the 30-year anniversary. We wanted to put everything in there that we’re aware of.
“There was stuff we had in the can that no one has ever heard – plus some live stuff and different things that the band has done and put in this one package.
“It was fun to get all that stuff together. It was cool to sit there and remaster it and hear that stuff again for what’s been years and years.”
The full-sized box isn’t just music, but all that artwork, jewelry and more.
“[Laughs] A lot of people were complaining about the price of it [$999], but there’s so much stuff in there. And the box itself is this wood thing that’s hand-done in leather.
“You can get all the material in a less grandiose package. It’s really cool. For me personally, it was cathartic to get that stuff out there.
Was there anything that you found while putting it together that surprised you?
“There was some stuff from the Marquee [in London, 1987] – I never actually heard it until just recently. We’d just recorded the [debut] album. It hadn’t even come out yet.
“Another one of the things that were really cool was a song called ‘Shadow of Your Love’ that we used to play in 1985. It was one of the earliest songs that we played together.
“It was part of the set back then, and as the ‘Appetite’ lineup started writing those songs, it got phased out of the set and we didn’t play it again for a long time.
“We went into the studio with Mike Clink to see what that would sound like, that was the song that we did with him. That was the test track. We didn’t put it on appetite so it floundered all these years.
“To go in to remix and master that and release it after all this time – for me, it was, ‘Wow, this is a trip!’ it’s got a certain energy to it. You definitely get the spirit of the band from way back when.”