Slash wants a Guns N' Roses reunion: 'It might be fun, never say never'

Whether frontman Axl Rose could ever be convinced remains in doubt

Jess Denham
Friday 08 May 2015 12:03
Come on Slash, make a Guns N' Roses reunion happen
Come on Slash, make a Guns N' Roses reunion happen

Slash has reignited hopes that a Guns N' Roses reunion may still happen after saying “it might be fun”.

The band’s lead guitarist, real name Saul Hudson, left in 1996 and went on to co-found supergroup Velvet Revolver but hasn’t ruled out a trip back in time.

“It’s been one of those things that’s been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years,” he told CBS News. “[Frontman Axl Rose and I] haven’t really talked in a long time, but a lot of the tension has dissipated.”

Rose and Slash’s “artistic differences” were well-documented, with Slash angered by Rose showing disrespect to the fans by insisting they always arrived on stage late. Rose memorably called Slash a “cancer” in a 2009 interview, which pretty much says it all.

“We don’t have all those issues anymore. It’s not a lot of controversy. It’s something that is more perpetuated by the media, more than anything,” Slash continued.

“I got to be careful what I say. I mean, if everybody wanted to do [a reunion] and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that. Never say never.”

Rumours have been circulating online that Guns N' Roses are planning a world tour for 2016 but neither this nor a new album have been confirmed.

The closest the band came to a reunion was in 2012 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rose declined the honour and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin also failed to turn up.

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