It sounds like drumming with a stick over a simple tin can turned upside down.

I have noticed it many times, but in particularly in a couple of songs featuring Slash:

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It sounds like a cowbell to me. The "Cowbells in popular music" section of the "Cowbell (instrument)" Wikipedia page notes that Guns N' Roses have often used the cowbell, notably in "Nightrain," "Welcome to the Jungle," and "It's So Easy."

  • Yeah, I had this recollection of often hearing this one in several of their songs, but I wasn't really sure of that except for Night Train. Now I've recently heard the same sound in one of Slash's more recent albums, and I immediately "sensed his touch" with that sound (didn't want to name it "Slash Drum" in this question because I wasn't sure who was "responsible" for it in they days of GNR). Thanks!!! Nov 9, 2015 at 20:44
  • youtube.com/watch?v=GCd0OjjCz88
    – user1103
    Nov 9, 2015 at 20:50

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