A short video clip of GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose talking to fans about picking up girls with guitarist Slash during the band’s early days can be seen below. The clip was filmed while Axl was staying at Hotel Sheraton in Asunción, Paraguay prior to the GN’R‘s headlining concert in the city on October 14, 2011.
During a 2009 interview with longtime friend and former road manager Del James, first published on Spinner, Rose called former GUNS N’ ROSES axeman 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.”
A year later, Slash responded to Axl‘s comments, saying in an interview, “For one, I’ve never said anything derogatory about anyone’s performance on ‘Appetite’. So right from the start it’s just off.”
Furthermore the guitarist, who lost his mother to lung cancer, revealed that though he agreed with the sentiment behind some of Rose‘s comments, the singer’s choice of wording was tough to take.
“The cancer thing, I’ll go with him on that, that fits into his description of things. I wouldn’t use the word ‘cancer’ but I haven’t gone anywhere and I don’t seem to be going anywhere so that’s justified,” Slash said. “Actually, I lost my mom to cancer so that was a little bit of hard rhetoric at that particular time, but it’s typical Axl stuff… I know how he comes off and how he really is, so I give him credit where hopefully it’s due.”
Axl hanging out with fans:
Axl arriving at Paraguay airport: