Former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash has confirmed that he is back on friendly terms withe the band’s lead singer Axl Rose, six years after the frontman called Slash a “cancer”.
Slash was speaking to a Swedish news station, where he revealed the surprising news.
The guitarist was talking to Aftonbladet TV in Sweden, where he was making an appearance for the launch of Marshall London phone.
Slash said of his reconciliation with Axl, “It was probably way overdue, you know. 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.”
The interviewer asked if that could possibly lead to a reunion of the band.
He replied, “Oh, I couldn’t answer that one, though…”
He was pressed on the subject and stated, “All right, let’s get off the subject, ’cause, you know, that’s an old one.”
Slash was asked about the possibility of a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup on the May 7 edition of “CBS This Morning” and gave a somewhat surprising answer.
He replied, “I’ve got to be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it 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.”
Asked what the “right reasons” might be, Slash said: “I mean, that’s a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing… It’s really between the guys in the band.” But pressed on whether he thought it was likely, Slash said, “Never say never.”
He said, “I never, in however many years it’s been, ever planned or thought that there was gonna be any reunion. But now we’ve played the one gig as close to a reunion as it will ever get and done with it, and it did have… There was a definite feeling of closure and, you know, something that, when I got on the plane the next morning, it was like I never have to deal with that again.”
Axl famously called Slash a “cancer” in a 2009 interview, saying that the chances of him and Slash getting onstage together at any point in the future were next to impossible.
Guns ‘N Roses fans are hopeful the reconciliation will bring about a reunion of the band.
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