Guns N' Roses fans have purchased and downloaded millions of copies of "Sweet Child o Mine" since its release in 1988, but non-Guns versions have also put a serious chunk of change into the pockets of Slash and the song's other co-writers. In fact, when asked by the U.K.'s Metro , Slash admits that "Sweet Child o' Mine" is his most lucrative tune, "because it’s the most covered. There are some really good instrumental versions for the piano or violin but I’ve been horrified by some muzak versions."
Slash also says that a couple of years ago, he went back to his original home of Stoke-On-Trent, England, for the first time since he was six, when his family moved to the U.S. The guitarist says that even though he was very young, living in England shaped his early musical experience. "That’s where it all started for me," he said. "I was raised listening to The Yardbirds, The Stones, The Moody Blues, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who, all that stuff. I picked up the guitar way later but I had a healthy dose of musical influences growing up."
In an interview with ABC Radio News, Slash said that his musical taste began to expand when he was a teenager. He says, " Ted Nugent was great, Cheap Trick was great. [Obviously], Led Zeppelin . The Cars ' first album was great. Elvis Costello was great, the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath , of course, came along. Thin Lizzy . That all had a huge influence of me when I first discovered my own sort of music as a teenager."
However, Slash admits "I grew up on my parents' music which is stuff that has more influence on me than any of that, which is anything from Stevie Wonder and old Elton John and Yardbirds and Cream ."
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