Slash claims that most of the difficulties that happened between him and lead singer Axl Rose were instigated by other people in the group’s entourage. However, the guitarist said it was good that they finally were able to discuss their differences between each other after 20 years of not talking.
When the guitarist reached out to Rose back in 2015, it offered both of them the chance to fix and settle old differences before entertaining the likelihood of working together again.
Slash was speaking on Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, the guitarist admitted,
“There was definitely some new ground to cover as to some of the catalysts who were causing… and a lot of it was not really between he and I – it had to do with outside parties that were part of the entourage, so to speak – and that explained a lot.”
“But then there was different things between he and I that we needed to talk about because of how we handled those outside influences. So it was just good that we finally did talk, because, man – it was 20 years that we did not say one word to each other… You’re talking about two of the stubbornest people you could ever come across.”
According to Antimusic, Slash, Rose, Duff McKagan and most of the Axl-led GNR lineup from the past decade went on to kick off a reunion tour with a rare club concert at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1, 2016. amazingly in its third year, the massive show is among the top five biggest-selling concert tours of all time with sales of more than $500 million dollars.
The money aside, Slash said things really came down to the fun of playing music with his former bandmates again,
“I think that was part of the beauty of it – I didn’t have any expectations,” says the guitarist. “I think it was more of a positive thing for me to go in and just be in a room with Axl and Duff and actually just play. And so that was in and of itself the coolest thing about it.”
“And so the desire to go and do those couple of shows at Coachella and the warm-up shows, that was just gonna be a blast. It wasn’t really about how big of a response there was gonna be or how well it was [gonna be received] – I don’t think we were thinking about that. It was just fun to go out and get together and play.”
“And then, all of a sudden, the response became something that we had – at least for me personally – I had no idea it would be like that. And that was throughout the whole tour. So it was pretty special.”
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