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:
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]
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.
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.
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).