Slash on Guns N' Roses Reunion and Axl Rose: 'Never Say Never'
The Guns N' Roses saga continues: Slash recently appeared on CBS This Morning and said that a reunion of the classic lineup isn't out of the question, Blabbermouth notes. The guitarist also commented on his relationship with lead singer Axl Rose, with whom he's been feuding with since his departure from the band in 1996.
"It's been one of those things that's been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years," he said when asked about the possibility of a reunion with Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler and Duff McKagan.
"Never say never," he added.
Slash's relationship with Rose since the demise of the classic GN'R has been historically poor. Most notably the singer called the iconic axeman a "cancer" in an interview in 2009.
"Well, we haven't really talked in a long time, but a lot of the tension that you were talking about has dissipated. We don't have all those issues anymore. It's not a lot of controversy," Slash said. "It's something that is more perpetuated by the media, more than anything."
The guitarist said that while fans would love to see the original lineup reunited, the members would have to do it for the "right reasons." Slash didn't clarify what those "right reasons" would be.
The closest the band came to reuniting came in 2012 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Slash, McKagan, Adler, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke performed with Myles Kennedy. Stradlin didn't show up to the ceremony, and Rose declined the honor with a lengthy letter.
Slash released his third solo effort, which featured Kennedy and The Conspirators, back in September. It peaked at no. 10 on the Billboard 200.
Rose and the most recent incarnation of the band supposedly have two albums worth of material ready. They haven't released new music since 2008's Chinese Democracy.