But to remind you of those halycon days when a Slash appearance still seemed novel, I present this snippet from Michael Jackson's monstrous 15-minute medley of hits at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards. Michael is about a third of the way through his entire catalogue when Slash appears to play the riff from "Black or White" complete with plumes of smoke, wind machines, etc. It's classic mid-90s "thumbing my nose at molestation allegations" Michael.
Then it's time for the guitar solo. And Slash knows how to solo. He just doesn't know how to stop.
It makes me wonder - besides holding up "Billie Jean," what else could Slash delay with his insurmountable urge to shred?
Slash Has A Dream
One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Slash
An Inconvenient Solo
Slash Interrupts Kayne Interrupting Taylor at the VMAs2
1 I could be wrong. It did strike me as odd in This Is It when Michael recruits apparently-a-thing Orianthi instead of Slash to play lead guitar in his scheduled run of concerts at the Millenium Dome. You're telling me that Slash was too busy for that payday? Then again, Michael was always shrewd in noticing when his collaborators had passed their sell-by date. There's a reason Eddie Van Halen didn't get another call after "Beat It."
2 Bringing it full circle!