Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash told The Daily Beast that being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the fact that the band’s lead singer, Axl Rose, refused to be inducted along with the rest of the classic GN’R lineup closed the book on a GUNS N’ ROSES reunion once and for all..
“That last Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame thing was it,” said Slash. “I’ve been entertaining the idea for other people for years, but it’s never been my inclination to get back together. Given the opportunity for us all to show up in one place, that was the only reasonable platform for us to do it, and it didn’t happen. I’m really sick to death of even entertaining the concept.”
Slash was interviewed by CNN‘s Piers Morgan on May 23, where he said that no amount of money could ever get the original GUNS N’ ROSES to reunite. Slash explained, “I don’t think it’s a matter of that; it really isn’t. I think you’ve got a situation where nobody involved wants to revisit. It’s not just me — it’s the whole band. And so I don’t think there’s a price tag that anybody’s put in front of us that’s going to make that work.”
Asked about the kinds of offers the band has gotten to get back together for a tour, Slash replied, “I’ve heard a lot of numbers, but I’ve never been handed a specific offer. But I’d say it starts off with seven figures and then sometimes it starts to get even more grandiose than that.”
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he knew from the start there was no chance of the original lineup performing again. “I never, in however many years it’s been, ever planned or thought that there was gonna be any reunion,” he said. “Everybody else has sort of alluded to it but, you know, I never saw it coming. I knew it was just an impossible thing, and it wasn’t something I really wanted.”
Slash also told Morgan he has not spoken with Axl since 1996, the year he left the band. As for the circumstances of his departure, Slash recalled, “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.'”
Slash released his second solo album, titled “Apocalyptic Love”, on May 22.