Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash told New York’s Newsday 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.
“I think that time is sort of passed at this point, but there was a period where big wads of cash were shaking in our direction,” he said. “I think the concept of getting the band back together based on money is not going to happen.”
Asked if the drama surrounding the GN’R Rock Hall induction — whether Axl Rose would show — was a bizarre experience, Slash said, “Given the history of the band, it really doesn’t seem that bizarre. Originally I didn’t want to deal with it. It was a big, unanswered question up until the 11th hour. We made do with what we had, and it turned out to be a really cool experience.”
Regarding the 25th anniversary of GNR‘s “Appetite For Destruction”, one of the most successful and important debut albums of all time which has gone on to sell more than 30 million copies, Slash said, “It doesn’t seem like that long ago. The concept of a quarter of a century is crazy. It’s become a very iconic record, and I’m proud of that. One of the most significant things about it is being considered a must-have for everybody’s rock ‘n’ roll collection.”
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