No More Heroes

Album: Apocalyptic Love (2012)
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  • Slash explained his guitar playing on this song to "I used my neck pickup with the tone off for the main riff. It had a longer solo originally and we shortened it because it was going on and on and on. I was trying to get the same amount of punch out of it in a shorter amount of time. That was a little tricky for me at first – I kept wanting to go off.

    And I'm sure some people will say, 'You should have gone off', but it sort of lost the direction of where the song should go – and the effectiveness of the arrangement. After a couple of plays through it worked itself out."
  • For those of you who recall the late 1970s era of safety pins and spiky hair, this is an entirely different song to The Stranglers 1977 punk classic of the same title.
  • Speaking with Guitar World magazine, Slash said for the Apocalyptic Love album, he let vocalist Myles Kennedy "do whatever he wanted when he was writing his parts." The former Guns N' Roses axeman added: "And sometimes that even changed my parts. For instance, there's a song on the new album called 'No More Heroes' that is a classic example of a 50/50 kind of collaboration between us, where I had a riff and a whole arrangement that I put together, but it was all still open to interpretation.

    So Myles took the chorus idea that I had and just completely raped it, and came up with a new, insanely great chorus. And that was a moment where it was like, 'Okay, we have a good thing going... it makes for better music overall.'"


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