Axl Rose fought with Slash from the first day Guns N’ Roses formed.
A huge question mark hands over whether the vocalist and guitarist of the legendary ‘Paradise City’ rockers will put their differences aside to accept the band’s induction to the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame in April next year, and while they haven’t spoken since Slash left the band in 1996, Axl insists their disagreements go back much further.
He told the LA Times newspaper: “It was really a fight with me and Slash. [Second guitarist] Izzy was doing the same thing, but the fight with me and Slash started the day I met him.
“He came in, popped my tape out and put his in and wanted me in his band. And I didn’t want to join his band. We’ve had that war since Day One.”
Axl, 49, is the only original member of the band, but still tours with a new line up and plays the band’s classic material from their ‘Appetite for Destruction’ and ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums, although he admits it took him a long time to get into the right mindset to do so.
He added: “It was hard to make myself want to do the old songs again. It was like, I wasn’t going around my house dancing to ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. To even figure out how to even make myself move to those songs – and how I was going to move to them – that was a big thing to figure out in 2006.”
The notoriously volatile frontman has also fired two mangers within the last year, and accuses them of all of having the agenda of getting the old line up of the band together, rather than concentrating on where he wants to go next.
He said: “All these managers, they all believe in one thing: sell a reunion tour and get their commission. It’s just a phone call. It’s a half a day’s… Work, or however long they want to keep the bidding war going. They get their commission and they don’t care if it falls on its face.”
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