SLASH ‘Wasn’t Disappointed’ By AXL ROSE’s Decision To Skip ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Induction
Ronan McGreevy of The Irish Times recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
The Irish Times: How did you feel about GUNS N’ ROSES being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Axl Rose [vocals] not showing up?
Slash: I wasn’t disappointed. I was more relieved at the time because prior to that it was such a negative subject. At one point I thought, if we all show up, then what? When he said he wasn’t coming, I thought, “Good, at least I can do something.” Duff [McKagan, bass] and I spoke and we rehearsed what we did together. That in itself was a good thing.
The Irish Times: Do you think his non-appearance finally put to bed the expectations that the original GUNS N’ ROSES lineup would ever reform?
Slash: I think more than anything it put it to bed for Steven Adler [original GUNS N’ ROSES drummer]. He was trying the hardest to make it happen because he missed a lot of it. He was finally resigned to the idea that it was never going to happen. I knew in my heart it was never going to happen because I left the band in the early 1990s. I have never really had any expectations since then.
The Irish Times: Do you feel any resentment towards the GUNS N’ ROSES who are touring the world at the moment?
Slash: No, I just want to get on with what I’m doing. It’s been a long time. I’m really happy that Axl seems to be happy. He’s probably at the same place that I’m at. Whether he calls it GUNS or something else I don’t care. I signed that name away a long time ago.
Read the entire interview from The Irish Times.