Have Slash and Axl Rose finally reconciled? Well, according to an interview with the Swedish outlet Aftonbladet TV, the former guitarist for Guns N’ Roses Slash confirmed that he and his estranged band member Axl Rose are now on “friendly terms” with one another after feuding for nearly two decades.
“I’ve heard that you made friends with Axl Rose again. How was that possible after all those years?” a reporter asked him after his performance with the Swedish rock band Graveyard.
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“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,” he replied.
The dispute between Slash and Axl Rose, one of the most famous in Rock and Roll history, began in 1996 when Slash decided to leave the group. Since then, the former friends hadn’t spoken a word to each other.
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“[Axl] hates my guts,” Slash told Rolling Stone during an interview in 2012. “It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us. I talk to Duff [McKagan] and Steven [Adler], but when it comes to old Guns N’ Roses, there really isn’t anybody that makes decisions.”
Despite the former friends now reconciling, that doesn’t mean a Guns N’ Roses reunion is imminent.
“Oh, I couldn’t answer that one, though. All right, let’s get off the subject, ’cause, you know, that’s an old one,” Slash said.
When asked a similar question earlier this year, he said “never say never.”
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The original band members of Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. At the time, Axl Rose penned a letter explaining why he would not be attending the ceremony.
“So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense,” he wrote adding, “with the exception of Izzy [Stradlin] or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.”
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