Slash Addresses Guns N' Roses Rumors

Slash talks on the rumors that he was rejoining Guns N' Roses, the reports that he had quit Velvet Revolver and filed for divorce.

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Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joined VR/ex-GNR drummer Matt Sorum this past Saturday, May 13, as a guest on Camp Freddy Radio. During the two-hour show, Slash addressed a number of topics, including the rumors that he was rejoining Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose's claim that Slash made an unannounced visit to Rose's house in October 2005, the reports that he had quit Velvet Revolver and filed for divorce. A few excerpts from the broadcast follow, according to Blabbermouth.net:

  • On the rumors that Slash was rejoining Guns N' Roses:

    Slash: I saw a thing that was put out that said something to the effect that I won't be doing any gigs until after a certain point [referring to a May 8, 2006 Associated Press article which stated that 'Slash may end up back in the band as well, but probably not before the Hammerstein shows.' ? Blabbermouth] He put out some sort of? He [Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose] did a radio interview, I guess, in New York, and it said whatever city he was gonna be playing, it said it won't be until after that? And I was like, 'Where does this stuff come from?' But before that, the whole thing was, like, everybody just assumed that I'd quit Velvet Revolver and I was joining? Even you guys thought that.

    Matt: Well, hey? You can't believe everything you read. [Laughs]

    Slash: It was like all these rumors going around. So I just wanted to dispel that one. That one and the fact that I ever had a conversation with him [Axl] at all.

    Matt: I told the story last week that I ran into him [Rose] in New York and actually talked to him, and it was fairly pleasant. It was very pleasant, actually, but we were both drunk, so that helped.

    Slash: When we were on the red carpet last night [at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Hollywood], that was the first thing that I went and talked about to what's-her-face from CNN, and [I was] just so inundated with questions about what's going on with Velvet Revolver, supposedly all this in-band fighting going on, and then all these rumors about Guns N' Roses, and this and that and the other, and I was just like? I've been minding my own business, sitting at home, working on the songs [for the new Velvet Revolver album]. I mean, the fact that people even care enough to start rumors or keep regurgitating them? it's amazing.

    Matt: I mean, I guess Fall Out Boy isn't doing anything crazy to talk about, so they might as well talk about us old sods. [Laughs]

    Slash: I guess that's one thing that's always gone along with that name, Guns N' Roses ? there's always been this controversial? just talk. [Laughs]

  • On Velvet Revolver's current status:

    Slash: We're still a band and none of that stuff [the rumors] is?

    Matt: We actually just recorded a song that we're gonna put on this movie. Do we have the movie? Or don't we? [Laughs]

    Slash: I think they offered it to us and we have to give them song, and? It sounds really good, so I don't think there's gonna be a problem, like, 'Oh, I don't think that's what we wanted.' [Laughs] I mean, I guess that could happen, but I doubt it.

    Matt: It's this new Steven Spielberg flick. It's?

    Slash: And [Robert] Zemeckis.

    Matt: And Zemeckis? yeah, I forgot about him. Zemeckis and Spielberg? And it's this animated flick called 'Monster House'. It's really cool. They took us down to see it in a private screening room and the whole deal. It was nice.

    Slash: Yeah, it should probably be a big movie.

  • On Axl Rose's claim that Slash made an unannounced 5:30 a.m. visit to Rose's house in October 2005 during which he stated, among other things, that "Duff was spineless," "Scott [Weiland] was a fraud," and that he "hates Matt Sorum":

    Slash: I'm not gonna go into the whole long thing. It was just something that he [Axl] decided he was going to? It was a lot of this stuff was built to promote the next Guns record and the tour and all that kind of stuff, 'cause there was this blatantly fabricated thing in there that I'd gone to his house and that he and I had a conversation in which I said all this stuff about my bandmates. And it's just blatantly untrue. For one, I have not talked to the guy in any way, shape or form since 1996, so it's going on 11 years. [Laughs] So that's basically it. There's just no truth to it. And all things considered, it put lot of whatever in people's minds that I was that kind of a guy, so it's? there you have it. So it's not true.

  • On Slash's claim in a February 2006 interview that Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" would finally surface in March:

    Slash: I got a lot of flak for having said that, 'cause everybody through I was on glue. I'm the first guy to go? I would never have put out a date. But somebody who would know is who told me that, and that's somebody close to that side of the fence that told me, 'Oh, we got a March release date.' So I just repeated it, basically. It was somebody in the business. They made it sound like it is coming out on such and such a date. Really, I didn't realize that it was such a big deal. And I think some people were like, 'You've gotta be out of your mind.' But it was very sort of casual, in conversation.

    Read the entire transcription, including, among other things, talks on potential producers for the new Velvet Revolver album, at Blabbermouth.net. An MP3 file containing the audio of Slash's May 13 appearance on Camp Freddy Radio has been made available for download at this location (40 MB).

  • 69 comments sorted by best / new / date

      goon316
      Lol I definately wouldn't put it past Axl to make this all up to get publicity. I do have to admit I would love to see the old gang get together for one gig, cut out all the bullshit, and put on one last amazing show to be remembered. Yes I do realize I'm dreaming haha.
      JohnnySlash
      Didn't Slash ask Izzy to join VR when they first made the line-up? 'cause that would've been ****ing awesome!
      cmonfeelthenoiz
      i d rather have slash than axl anyday also about what all u guys are saying about the original members getting back together, think about it: axl and slash would end up beating each other with their instruments before the first song was over
      EternaL ReposE
      why the hell do they even mention fallout boy? ^oh, yeah axl can't even play an instrument slash would beat his monkey ass
      Burtonjp
      Yep... Heavy LP Guitar Will beat down Tight Hot pants anyday in a fight.
      Chickenfrmheck
      demea wrote: I think Axl and Scott Weiland are the same person...have you ever seen them in the same place together????? omg dude it think ur right lol...but the voices are so different Makes you wonder, huh...
      lwnovember
      Matt: I mean, I guess Fall Out Boy isn't doing anything crazy to talk about, so they might as well talk about us old sods. [Laughs]
      soooo good hahaha
      ac/guns n zep
      Even though slash isnt reuniting gnr's new guitarist is ron thal or bumblefoot as he is called. He is an amazing guitarist, so now both Gnr and VR are great bands.
      gunner_011
      guns n roses is old but new. VR is new but old. that is wat makes vr better than guns right now
      TominatioN
      guns n roses is old but new. VR is new but old. that is wat makes vr better than guns right now
      guns and roses are in VR right now. thats what makes them better than the thing we now refer to as GunsNRoses. old school GNR kicks the ass of anything VR will ever do because they had that raw punk energy and the combination of the great musicians with 'Asshole Rose' who, though undeniably is an assmonkey, was a damn good frontman. kinda like Phil Anselmo but with less heroin i guess. also, if you look at the phony-ness of Scott Weiland theese days it sucks ass. i mean, STP were... okaaay, but now he's hooked up with Slash and co he's suddenly become Axl. I think he thinks he's axl. but then the problem is, i know he thinks he knows i think he thinks he's axl. or something. XD
      MeTaL'Foo
      Slash is a mad guy, love his guitaring, basicly the only reason i listend to G 'n' R. Axl seems to have lost his mind with this album, by the time it comes out no ones gonna care and VR are gonna rule with there new album.
      slash_015
      SomeKindOfKirk wrote: I Also Would Want A Gig With The Original Line Up xP But Yeah Then I Must Be Dreaming...
      Oh my god. A gig with the original members...that would be fu--in' great!!
      Yassine
      slash_015 wrote: SomeKindOfKirk wrote: I Also Would Want A Gig With The Original Line Up xP But Yeah Then I Must Be Dreaming... Oh my god. A gig with the original members...that would be fu--in' great!!
      yea never seen slash live
      sum dood
      I would've liked to see the Appetite for Destruction line-up get together and play one more gig, Alder, Rose, Izzy, Duff, and Slash. That would be awesome.
      Stratocaster_21
      PunkRocka182 wrote: The original line up of GnR 4 1 last gig wud hav bin amazin, but tht reely iznt gunna happen. LOL even if it did Axl probably wouldnt turn up!
      Yeah u r right. Even if he did i think it would be a vines or oasis moment. I dont think the show would get played till the end!
      jojoshman
      ahh shit son that funny any idiot could have told us that slash ani't going to reunite he no likey axl roses lol
      i(ncubus)play
      I know GNR new guitarist..isn't his name like Ron Thal or sumtin, I went to a guitar training thing he did
      slashlover
      Kaela Koala wrote: intthis wrote: it's amazing, slash looks exactly like that in every picture taken of him in the last 20 years... errr.....probably cos that was 20 years ago?!
      No dude this is a promotion photo for VR... know your stuff!
      opndmnd
      EternaL ReposE wrote: why the hell do they even mention fallout boy? ^oh, yeah axl can't even play an instrument slash would beat his monkey ass
      actually axl can play an instrament he can play the guitar an example of this is the intro to Dead Horse and he can play the piano well maybe not very well he still can ex. November Rain and axl may be a big a**hole but he is one of the greatest frontmen in history in my opinion and even slash used to be good friends with him they all did but that aside he needs to deal with his ego and stop being such a drama queen
      info2new
      I think they all want slash to quit VR, but they know that, that's not goin' to happen, so they start rumors on the son of a bitches who are minding their own businesses and writing songs, unlike Axl (Who says he's The releasing date is in ..... and then in....., and bullshit) Slash is happy with VR and let's leave that way, he has his life, we have ours, if not get a life....
      mmcintosh
      There is no guns n roses it will never be the same "you cant put ur arms around a memory" let it go people and axl & slash will always bicker !!! lets just play some good music people not fight against each other !!!! hows that for a idea
      Kaela Koala
      intthis wrote: it's amazing, slash looks exactly like that in every picture taken of him in the last 20 years...
      errr.....probably cos that was 20 years ago?!
      Kaela Koala
      It dosnt really clear up anything ..... only that the rumours are untrue. A GNR renunion would be a dream come true. But thats all.
      slashnduff4eva
      half of the stuff that we will have heard about hese guys will no doubt be bullshit, made up by some retard sitting at some retard computer. is there any proof that axl has said anything about slash?? slash has not once slagged off axlman either. i love izzy. oops.
      PunkRocka182
      The original line up of GnR 4 1 last gig wud hav bin amazin, but tht reely iznt gunna happen. LOL even if it did Axl probably wouldnt turn up!
      ibanez916
      screw axl, it would be nice to see them all together but the fact that axl would be frontman of one of the greatest bands again would be assanine, he hasnt worked hard enough to recieve such a gift
      hassasin
      A concert with the original line up would be crazy good, but the chances of that are incredibly thin,VR is a sweet band and are doing great without Axl
      ninja3
      Axl said this...Slash says that...and on and on and on..I dont know who to believe anymore....Sometimes I understand Axl's ways, I mean he was the first not to be a junkie of the group..so you can imagine what it would be like to deal with 4 other crack heads, then those crack heads say axl is the *****....seriously ever try to rationalize a drunk....So Slash in my opinion doesn't have much credibility...Slash in every case of a riot or a dispute, he plays dumb, like he was just doin his thing than shit breaks out....sometimes its hard to deal with complacent people. But part of me thinks that Slash is credible since he is the only one that remained in the spotlight.....but then again he is the one who always starts axl bashing and then the fans take it to a new level....then the one and only time in over a decade axl says something back everyone rips him apart for being a bitch....and then Slash wonders what was the reason for axl to retaliate.....I dont know...its getting silly...its not cool for slash to change his story or play dumb have the time, the only person I heard talk to the press in the last decade about axl being a prick is slash....I think slash is cowering out of a dispute, he cant back his words up.....before knocking axl back into to the ground and accusing him for making shit up, maybe consider that axl is the sensible one and that slash is the shit disturber.
      intthis
      it's amazing, slash looks exactly like that in every picture taken of him in the last 20 years...
      x_rox
      ^ha true. i'm just glad all the ugly rumours are lay to rest.
      unclemoe
      Thats not an up to date picture of slash - he has aged a bit. Saw VR in Dublin, Savage Gig.
      MattyPretends
      "I got a lot of flak for having said that, 'cause everybody through I was on glue." That line made this article really worth reading.
      Kadaj
      Matt: I mean, I guess Fall Out Boy isn't doing anything crazy to talk about, so they might as well talk about us old sods.
      HAH!
      colelamb_611
      intthis : it's amazing, slash looks exactly like that in every picture taken of him in the last 20 years...
      have u ever though if its just the same picture
      demea
      I think Axl and Scott Weiland are the same person...have you ever seen them in the same place together????? Makes you wonder, huh...