Guitar legend Slash spoke in a new interview with Billboard Radio China about the state of rock music right now, following the recent news that urban music has passed rock as the world's favorite genre of music for the first time.

Slash stated, "The commercial approach to rock and roll that the industry forces on bands, or forces people to think that this is how they have to go about it to succeed . . . (just turns it into) this generic mishmosh that manages to get on the radio but doesn't really turn anybody on, and it's just dull and boring and people start looking elsewhere. And I think that was, really, what happened to the industry, as far as rock and roll is concerned, after 2006 up until just recently."

The Guns N' Roses axeman added, "But it seems to be turning over a new leaf right now. So I'm really interested to see where it goes over the next few years, 'cause there's a lot of really hungry young rock and roll bands getting together right now that I'm aware of. And, obviously, Greta Van Fleet have done amazingly well and made everybody perk up and go, 'Oh, wow!' Now there's people out there looking for young, teenage rock and roll bands to sign. So it's interesting."

Slash did admit to us a while back that musicians now have it harder in some ways than his generation: "Right now, for kids starting a band and all that, it's like the Wild West out there. There's no set path. There's a lot of great opportunities, there's a lot of different avenues that are available to you now that weren't available back in the day, but they're all hit or miss. You know, you've just got to take your chances."

Slash's latest album with his solo band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Living The Dream, was released in September and is Slash's fourth solo effort.