By Brian Ives
On Minimation, we comb through the Radio.com interview archives and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. In this archival interview, Slash discusses how he came to collaborate with Lenny Kravitz on 1991’s “Always On The Run.”
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Slash was one of the hottest guitarists in the land; besides being a member of Guns N Roses, he also popped up on tracks by legends including Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson, among others.
During that same time period, Lenny Kravitz was making a name for himself also. His debut album, 1989’s Let Love Rule, yielded a hippie-ish anthem with the title track. On his follow-up, he was clearly looking to go a bit edgier, so it was fortunate that he ran into Slash at “Some awards function,” as the guitarist recalls. Kravitz invited Slash to the studio to work on his second album. While they were cutting a song called “Fields of Joy,” Slash was playing around with a riff he had been working on. It was a bit too funky for Guns N Roses, but Kravitz wanted to use it on his album.