Elijah Blue Learned to Play Guitar from 'Appetite for Destruction'

Elijah Blue Allman on The Hivecast

Elijah Blue may be the child of pop and rock royalty (his parents are Cher and Gregg Allman), but from his work with turn of the century synth-rock outfit Deadsy to his current endeavors with Elijah Blue and the Trapezoids, you’d think his lineage ran a bit darker. (In his recent memoir, Allman wrote that his son's music was "scary.") In the latest episode of The Hivecast with Matt Pinfield, Blue traces his musical upbringing to yet another unlikely source: Guns N' Roses. “I really taught myself to play listening to Appetite for Destruction," Blue tells Pinfield. "I sat and played to Appetite and learned all of Slash’s riffs, and that was what did it." But the influence of GN'R on young Elijah Blue extended beyond just what was on the band’s seminal debut. "I'd be drinking with Slash," he recalls. "Steven Adler would be slipping me Jack and Cokes backstage at the MTV Awards back in ’88. I was twelve or thirteen. That shit was amazing."

In addition to the corrupting influence of Guns N' Roses, Blue and Pinfield discuss glam rock, the person who gave him his first T. Rex album (spoiler: Tom Cruise), and how Blue talked Lou Reed into clearing a sample of “Charlie’s Girl” for a song that he produced on the new Mickey Avalon album. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]

The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield: Elijah Blue