As the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next April draws closer, ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has apparently been doing some soul-searching. In a new Esquire piece called "Slash: What I've Learned," the musician has made some interesting comments about his former band and his turbulent relationship with singer and sole remaining original GUNS member Axl Rose.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Slash said about the band, "When I see footage of GUNS N' ROSES, I see that fucking hunger and attitude. You could not fuck with those five guys. It was just raw. It was this lean, hungry thing on its way up. It was as sincere as any rock 'n' roll that I've ever heard, and I'm proud of that."
As for Rose, Slash wrote, "The split between Axl and I was a quiet one. But because there was so much attention on the breakup — and are we going to get back together? — it got built up into this monster that led to a kind of animosity that wasn't the focus for me. Neither one of us wants to be down each other's throats for no reason. At this point, I'm trying to put it to rest."
GUNS N' ROSES will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14, along with the BEASTIE BOYS, the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and others.
The news has prompted speculation about whether the event could lead to a reunion of the band's original lineup.
All the original members have been ambivalent about the chances of a reunion at the induction ceremony, although it's widely accepted that Rose is the lone holdout because of his ongoing feud with Slash.
Yet the eccentric singer recently told the Los Angeles Times, "I've got mixed emotions about what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame actually really is, but at the same time . . . I really don't want to spoil it for everybody else."