[lastfm]Guns N’ Roses[/lastfm] guitar god [lastfm]Slash[/lastfm] is a rock staple in the down and gritty music venues/bars that line the street to make up the Sunset Strip like the Roxy, Rainbow and Whisky A Go-Go, and growing up sneaking in to these famed spots and later becoming an icon of the Strip, Slash has more war stories of his time spent roaming around these parts than he knows what to do with.
As the official “Slash Day” in West Hollywood on August 26th has come and gone, the guitarist is preparing to headline the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival — going on now — as the fest’s honoree this weekend, but before melting faces with his incredible guitar solos, Slash recalls his fond memories of the Strip, including the one time he dressed up in drag to sneak into the Rainbow…well we’ve all done something shameful once or twice in our life, right?
In recognition as being a Sunset Strip regular, the community honored [lastfm]Slash[/lastfm] by declaring it “Slash Day” on Thursday, August 26th, just before he’s to take the stage for the giant Sunset Strip Street Fest on Saturday, August 28th. A frequent patron to the Strip’s main draws like the Rainbow, Roxy and Whisky, Slash is no stranger to the street’s famous haunts and has plenty of stories from his rebellious teen years sneaking into the clubs:
I used to have a fake ID and go to the Rainbow all the time with Steven [Adler] when I was 16 or 17 years old. One Tuesday night, Steven and I went to the Rainbow. Steven got in and [the bouncer] Steady — he’s been there forever, he’s a fixture — stops me. I’d gone through there a million times and he stopped me, looked at my ID and said, ‘No, you can’t come in here.’ And I was floored. I was a little bit drunk anyway, so I went home.
Oh, but Slash did not give up there…
So, I dressed up in my mom’s clothes — put on a hat, wore one of her cool dresses, put makeup on and came back and parked up above Doheny and Sunset. I was on a mission really, so it just didn’t hit me what I was doing and just walked right in. I went in, looked for Steven, thinking, ‘I’m gonna go pick up on Steven. This is gonna be the funniest thing.
Except the plan backfired:
After combing the whole place, I realized he wasn’t there and this dark cloud of reality hit me that I was standing in the Rainbow in drag. It just became the most inhibiting, fearful thing I’d ever been involved with before. I hightailed it out of the Rainbow, but for every honk, every yell, every f—ing anybody that said anything I thought was directed at me — which maybe gave me a little insight as to what girls must feel like — I was totally paranoid.
Yeah, now you know how it feels, man!! I mean, not that I really do, I dress like a boy…but it’s not so much fun when creepers get up all in your space when you just want to strut your bad self down Sunset Strip, is it? I’m just curious whether or not he wore a silky pair of nylons to complete the outfit…Anywho, you can catch [lastfm]Slash[/lastfm] and more amazing artists like the [lastfm]Smashing Pumpkins[/lastfm] headling this years’ SSMF — get the full lineup and times here.