By Evan Serpick
Updated December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

THE PERPETRATOR Slash of Guns N’ Roses THE PROOF ”Sweet Child O’ Mine” THE PLEA ”It was just one of those silly little riffs that I made up. We were sitting around bored and I just started playing [the opening riff] and Axl’s like, ‘Hey, wait.’ And then Izzy started playing some chords, and it just turned into this thing that went on to be a monster. When the rest of the guys caught on to it and Axl wrote lyrics and we started playing it, I used to hate it. I just thought it was silly. Axl will attest to this: If it weren’t for Axl, that song never would have happened. He really loved it. It finally grew on me, but it took awhile. It took a long time.”