Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has revealed that he wrote a song for The Walking Dead that was ultimately turned down.
Speaking to the Basel Meets podcast (via Blabbermouth), the guitarist said:
“Initially, that song was inspired – believe it or not… I wrote the intro [of the song] for The Walking Dead. Because at that time, The Walking Dead didn’t really have any other music outside of its score music and so I was trying to push them to play an original song on there. But they wouldn’t go for it ’cause it’s me and they don’t wanna have any recognizable existing names as part of The Walking Dead world. And so it never happened, but it was always a good musical idea.”
For any TV series, it’s quite a ballsy move to turn down a song from a music legend, especially when the track was written specifically for that series, but it’s also understandable that The Walking Dead‘s producers would want to preserve viewers’ suspension of disbelief as much as possible. Similar to how earlier seasons of The Walking Dead were blighted by Hyundai cars being the only vehicles that seemed to work all of a sudden, hearing the instantly recognizable tones of Slash roaring out of TV speakers may have jolted the audience out of their viewing experience.