Slash Blames Media For Causing 'Unnecessary Conflict' Between Original GN'R Members

"It's just a lot of drama and sensationalism - everyone is trying to capitalize on that," says Slash.

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Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash blames the media for causing "unnecessary conflict" between him and his former bandmates, particularly singer Axl Rose, who famously called Slash a "cancer" during a 2009 interview, Blabbermouth reports.

Slash, who continues to get asked about his former band despite the fact that he hasn't spoken to Rose since his 1996 departure, tells the Irish Examiner: "I'm not bored with the fascination with [Guns N' Roses music]. What I'm bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about... The causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It's just a lot of drama and sensationalism - everyone is trying to capitalize on that. I'm sick of it."

Slash and Axl's former Guns N' Roses bandmate Duff McKagan seemed to echo those sentiments in an interview from several years ago when he told the Irish Examiner: "You don't talk to the media... The media starts running a little crazy with things. There was a Rolling Stone story about [Axl] a few years ago that painted him as a Howard Hughes sort of figure. And everybody used that as the template to write about Axl. None of it is true.

"You know, he's just a guy caught up in events. He was the singer of that band. And that band got bigger than anybody could have imagined. And being the singer, you are the focal point, rightly or wrongly. You are. There is nothing that can prepare you for that... If you call it 'reclusive' - that's one person's angle on what it was. Or if you want to say, he saved himself, that's another story."

The sole remaining original member of Guns N' Roses, Rose seemed to rule out any possibility of working with Slash again in a 2009 interview with Billboard. "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is," he said.

Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how his relationship with Rose disintegrated during the final years of the original GN'R lineup. "His sort of m.o., as far as the band was concerned, over time got so exaggerated in the rock star sense or whatever and he became such a dictator and this and that and the other, that it was impossible for me to work with him, because I'm not the kind of person that takes orders, you know," he said.

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    The man has spoken. I agree 100%, the media has probably ruined many chances for amicable reunions by not giving them the privacy needed. Media=Vultures
    What I find even funnier is how right after they said that Slash blames the media for causing unnecessary conflict....they bring up an interview where Axl called Slash a cancer.
    They are vultures, but Axl is a bit of a wang too.
    I second that. While I do believe the media is mostly to blame for this, Axl sure didn't help the situation.
    If any better example of the media exaggerating things for the sake of a story existed, it would right now be the situation in Ferguson. Before a lot of the facts were even revealed or published, everyone saw screaming headlines of 'Unarmed Black teenager shot by White cop" as opposed to 'teenager shot by cop' just to whip up yet another race conflict. Whether or not the incident was racist is still to be determined but it hasn't stopped people rioting in response which creates news to be sold. Whatever makes money though, right?
    And on the other hand, they show videos of opportunists looting and trying to conflate that with the actual protesters who were peaceful and out there for legitimate reasons. They were stoking both sides is what I'm saying.
    so true, now before the hate comes, I am interracial, black and white, just so theres no "racist" remarks thrown around. but yeah they start up another race conflict, and yeah I feel bad for the kid being killed like that, but they also feed the stereotypes that cause things like that to happen. showing the rioting and what not, that doesn't bring justice for him and doesn't make him look like he wasn't a thug because now this will be the memory of him. its a shame how media takes these tragedies and just bleed them dry just for the money, not even good reporting.
    Yep, let's blame the media for our interpersonal conflicts. A bunch of grown-ups that can't seem to work things out. Axl and Slash don't have to be friends, or ever work together again. But if the media puts out something wrong, they could email or call each other and clear the air. It's so easy! Axl, I know I haven't talked to you since 1996. I just want to clarify some things. It's not true all this crap they are reporting in the media. I didn't say any of those things about your hair and you running out of breath during concerts. Wish you luck and take care. -Slash Slash, Thanks for the email. I figured it wasn't you who said those things. Don't worry about it. I got a question for you if you don't mind. How are you able to record so much music, and put out albums every 3 years or so? I'm 52 years old and I can't continue to wait 15 years between albums. Take care. - Axl
    Guns N' Chains
    ...So ****in' easy.... Sorry, I had to. You set it up by ending your first paragraph with "It's so easy". Haha.
    At that point, the damage is already done.
    It wasn't the media that drove this two guys apart. It is what happened during last couple of years the band was together. Everything after that is gossip and speculation. If you have a girlfriend and after three miserable years you break-up with her. Do the comments that are said post the break-up really that hurtful? Are they the reason you don't really talk? Or is it the fact that she was a pain in a$$ while you guys were together and you don't want to deal with her again? The reason why Axl and Slash are not working together is because they don't need each other.
    The damage is done. You are right. You can work something out. It will never be like it used to be. But both persons must want to do it.
    MaxLees666 · Aug 22, 2014 11:36 AM
    You answered it yourself, the media creates this conflict and they get away without because Slash and Axl never speak face to face.
    America is one nation controlled by the media
    Hey now, we have lots of different organizations which buy our corrupt politicians! Like Comcast, who has bought out Tom Wheeler of the FCC and that other FCC chairman they got caught bribing recently (too tired to remember). Or Monsanto. We have all sorts of crooks buying every sort of vote. America's #1 in Corruption!
    If you think the music media is bad, the tabloids and sports media are even worse.
    This is stupid in so many ways... the tabloids and sports are included in the "media"
    chyld fan
    sounds like hes looking to get back into the band , and he would rather the media let all things guns die down b4 it happens