Michael Jackson Blamed for Guns N’ Roses Breakup?

Six years after his death, rumors against Michael Jackson continue to develop, which makes many wonder if the pop superstar will ever rest in peace. On the heels of a recent announcement of alleged child abuse against the King of Pop, the former manager of rock band Guns N’ Roses now has accusations of his own, and states Jackson is the cause of the feud between Axl Rose and Slash.

VH-1 reports that former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein blames the famous fight between the band’s lead singer Axl Rose and lead guitarist, Slash, on Michael Jackson. Goldstein states that when Slash decided to play with Jackson in a 1991 tribute concert, it caused the beginning of a long feud.

“In 1991, we were on the road, and Slash went to my office and said ‘I’ll be leaving tomorrow to play with Michael Jackson on a tribute concert.’ I told him not to do it because Axl was molested by his father when he was two and he believed the charges against Michael Jackson.”

Allegedly, Rose was devastated by the news of Slash playing at the tribute concert, which only got worse as the guitarist continued to work with Jackson. In addition, Goldstein claims that Slash played at the tribute concert in exchange for a big-screen television, which infuriated Rose even more.

“Everyone knew Eddie Van Halen received $1 million to play in ‘Beat It.’ So I asked Slash, ‘how much are you receiving? Can I manage this to you?’ and he said, ‘I’ll just receive a big screen television.'”

Yet, in the midst of molestation accusations that recently surfaced against Jackson, many are wondering if Goldstein is speaking out at this point in time for publicity. In addition, the first sexual molestation charges against Jackson occurred in 1993, two years after Slash performed at the tribute concert.


In 2012, Slash gave an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, and going by his answers, it seems more likely that the Guns N’ Roses’ split happened due to creative differences and the direction that Rose wanted to take the band. Slash recalls that the “new” Guns N’ Roses band wasn’t meant for him.

“And it wasn’t even me necessarily leaving the band, it was not continuing on with the new band that Axl put together that he was now at the helm of, which was the new Guns N’ Roses. ‘I was given a contract to basically join his new band, and it took about 24 hours before I decided, ‘I think this is the end of the line.'”

Since then, rumors and speculations regarding feuds between Slash and Rose have continued to circulate. Yet neither Slash nor Rose have ever indicated that their issues were caused by Jackson.

Michael Jackson obviously cannot defend himself against the never-ending allegations, but what’s surprising is how much the King of Pop continues to get blamed for a variety of things, including breaking up bands, false molestation accusations, and a past history of secret affairs with nannies.

Regardless, Michael Jackson fans continue to stand by their idol and defend him from rumors. Currently, the Michael Jackson Facebook fan page has over 75 million members. Additionally, a fan-based blog provides in-depth details regarding unsubstantiated rumors against Jackson that began as far back as 1987.

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