Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash opened up to ex-Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx on the latter’s radio program about reuniting with Guns singer Axl Rose for the first time in two decades for the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour.
Slash confirmed that he hadn’t spoken to Rose in 19 years following his exit from Guns N’ Roses in 1996, explaining, “I won’t get into all the personal stuff, but even over that period of time, there was a lot of bad feelings from the breakup all throughout that 20 years, whatever it was. But there’s also a part of you that’s like in a marriage, where you love somebody . . . so there’s always that feeling, but then there’s all this negative stuff.”
Slash blamed the media for causing some of the conflict between him and the Guns frontman, saying, “There was so much stuff perpetuated in the media, and it was just blown out of proportion. So when he and I talked for the first time (since 1996), it was really, really cool.”
Slash said that the first time he and Axl spoke was by phone in 2015, followed by an in-person meeting. He revealed, “It was very cathartic to physically talk. ‘Cause there’s a bond that you have that’s never (broken). And then what happens is the bond makes the negative side of it that much worse, because you’re forced out of it.”
Guns N’ Roses will return next June for a seven-week European jaunt, but the band’s plans until then, and beyond that, remain unknown for now. The three core members have not given a single interview together.