Radio.com Minimation: Slash Performs with Michael Jackson But Doesn’t Dance

Source: Radio.com – By Brian Ives| All Things Michael

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On Minimation, we comb through the Radio.com interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 2014, Slash talks about going on tour with Michael Jackson. He clashed with MJ’s guitarist over one issue, and it wasn’t about who gets to solo first. 

In last week’s Radio.com Minimation, Slash told us the story of how he ended up playing guitar on Michael Jackson’s 1991 album, Dangerous. The two artists hit it off pretty well. MJ was used to playing with great six-stringers (he’d worked with Eddie Van Halen and Steve Stevens on previous albums).

And so, Slash did a few shows with the King of Pop as his special guest. Of course, MJ already had a guitar player – namely Jennifer Batten, a face-melting soloist in her own right. But no matter how good you are at your instrument, when you’re in Michael Jackson’s band, there are rules you must follow. Such as, taking part in on-stage choreography. So, it’s understandable that she figured, he she had to learn to dance, Slash would as well.

Slash, who at the time was a member of Guns N Roses, the baddest band in the land, was pretty firm on his stance: He was not going to dance. As he told Radio.com, Batten was “losing her mind about it.”

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At that point, Michael got involved, taking her down to “the sports bathrooms” (i.e. the locker rooms) and moderated. Spoiler: Slash didn’t learn choreography.

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2 thoughts on “Radio.com Minimation: Slash Performs with Michael Jackson But Doesn’t Dance

  1. I heard this story a while ago and it was one of the few times Michael was not gentle and swore. I’m guessing he didn’t like that someone w/ Slash’s artistic integrity was being told what to do. I’m sure Jennifer thought she was doing the right thing. At least Michael took her away from everyone else to set her straight.

    • People think that because Michael was gentle that he was weak. A weak man couldn’t have accomplished what he did or have lasted under so much pressure. I admire him so much for his great strength and character.

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