Slash refuses to shoot down Guns N’ Roses reunion hopes
Words: Eric MacKinnon
Slash has labelled talk of a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses line-up the “64,000-dollar question”, and he says “if it happens, it happens”..’ The former GN’R guitarist was a guest on Larry King Now when he addressed the never-ending clamour for a reunion of what was once dubbed the most dangerous band in the world.
He says: “That’s the 64,000-dollar question. But it’s not something that any of us have reached out to each other and said that we wanted to do thus far. So rather than be a pessimist and say: ‘No, it’ll never happen,’ it’s not like I’m harbouring a lot of resentment.
“But it’s not something that we’re all thinking about doing. So if it happens one day, it happens. If it doesn’t, I don’t think anybody’s, you know, losing any sleep over it.”
Slash also looked back on the formation of the band, and insisted it was only the five equal parts supplied by the classic-era line-up which made the band what it was.
He continues: “It was the perfect combination. And I’ve always said only us five people could have made that band.”
Reflecting on the chain of events which led to him quitting GN’R in 1996, Slash simply said the band had become something he didn’t want to be a part of. “Basically, what it was, Axl took over the band and re-formed it under Guns N’ Roses under his direction, and I chose not to join that configuration. As simple as that. I don’t ever regret leaving. It was really something that happened the way that it happened. And it was a big decision – and probably the smartest one I ever made.”
King also asks Slash if rock’n’roll is dying, which prompts the guitarist to respond with his belief that a revolution could be coming for the genre. He adds: “I don’t think it ever dies, it’s more of an attitude, to me. In the music business, a lot of what makes rock’n’roll great has been snuffed out in popular music.
“I think there are a lot of kids who are putting together bands all the time, and you can’t necessarily get a leg up in this business playing rock’n’roll. You have to be playing Top Forty and your first single has to be a hit or you’re not going to get any backing to further your careers. It’s a very sort of strange time right now. But we go out and do our tours, and the fans are just as into it and just as rabid as they ever have been.
“I think we will see some sort of creative revolution coming at some point not too far from now.”
Watch Slash on Larry King here, talking abut GN’R, guitar playing and country music: