Questions remain about which members of GUNS N' ROSES will show up for their April 14 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed will all be there, but it was reported a few days ago that Izzy Stradlin won't attend and Axl Rose's participation is still unclear.
Slash said last week that GUNS N' ROSES will not perform at the event, and Stradlin's absence would seem to confirm that whether Rose shows up or not.
Slash told Rolling Stone earlier this week that Rose "hates my guts." The two have not performed together since 1993. Rose currently tours with a completely different version of GUNS N' ROSES featuring no original members but him.
During a 2009 interview with longtime friend and former road manager Del James, first published on Spinner, Rose called Slash a "cancer."
"There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn't be pretty," Rose told James. "There is the distinct possibility that having his intentions in regard to me so deeply ingrained and his personal, though guarded, distaste for much of 'Appetite [For Destruction'] the band's diamond-certified debut album] other than his or Duff's playing, Slash either should not have been in GUNS to begin with or should have left after 'Lies'. In a nutshell, personally I consider him a cancer and better removed, avoided — and the less anyone heard of him or his supporters, the better."
Speaking to the Artisan News last week (see video below), Adler stated about the bad blood between Rose and Slash, "I have no idea why [Axl] would hate [Slash]. I don't think Axl knows why he hates him. It's been too many years. And my grandmother always said, 'Stevie, time heals all wounds.' And my grandmother has always been right — pretty much through my life, everything she said pretty much came to pass. And there's been many times [where I thought], 'Yeah, grandmother said that was gonna happen.' [Laughs]"