The First Step? Are Slash and Axl Rose Friends Again?
Well, he did say “Never say never” to the idea of a Guns N’ Roses reunion. In a new interview, Slash acknowledged that he and Axl Rose have put their long-standing differences behind them and are friends again.
He disclosed this to Aftonbladet TV in Sweden, where he showed up to jam with Graveyard as part of a promotion for the new Marshall London phone. As you can see in the video above, Slash is a bit uncertain about how to properly frame the news. “It was probably way overdue, you know,” he said. “But it’s…you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative…dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”
Slash hasn’t performed with Guns N’ Roses since 1993, when their tour ended in Buenos Aires. Since then, he’s repeatedly been asked if the original lineup is getting back together, which he recently called a “dumb question” that “annoys him.” But when it came up here, naturally, he was less combative and maybe even a bit more coy.
“Oh, I couldn’t answer that one, though,” he continued. “All right, let’s get off the subject, ’cause, you know, that’s an old one.”
Still, there are openings in Guns N’ Roses for a guitarist. DJ Ashba announced his departure last month to devote his full attention to Sixx:A.M., his band with Nikki Sixx. This was followed almost immediately sources claiming that Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal had left the group last year. There has been no word from the band on their replacements.