After months of speculation, and years of hoping, a clearer picture is starting to emerge as to whether or not we will ever get to see a reformation of the original Guns N’ Roses lineup. Unfortunately, it seems it will never happen, but not for the reasons you might think.
We all know that the bands last standing original member, Axl Rose has blatantly refused to ever set foot onstage with his former guitarist, Slash again. In 2009, the notorious frontman even went as far as to say that, “One of the two of us will die before a reunion,” to Billboard.com. However, now it’s starting to look as though it will be other original members that wont be welcome to rejoin the band, but Slash will be. “The only thing that would make it would be Duff and Slash, really,” Axl recently told the L.A. Times. “It’s nothing against Izzy and it’s nothing against Steven, or anything like that. Steven may want it, but these guys I’m working with right now, they work really hard and it’s hard work. I’ve toured with the other guys and I’ve also seen what they’ve done since, and I just know the difficulties. So it’s not really even a full reunion.”
Meanwhile, it seems as though Slash is also trying to get to the point where he can be face to face with his former frontman again. In an article written for Esquire Magazine, the renowned guitarist said, “The split between Axl and I was a quiet one. But because there was so much attention on the breakup — and are we going to get back together? — it got built up into this monster that led to a kind of animosity that wasn’t the focus for me. Neither one of us wants to be down each other’s throats for no reason. At this point, I’m trying to put it to rest. So I try to avoid the subject.”
Slash went on to express his pride over what he achieved with GN’R in his time with them, saying that when he sees, “footage of Guns N’ Roses, I see that f***ing hunger and attitude. You could not f**k with those five guys. It was just raw. It was this lean, hungry thing on its way up. It was as sincere as any rock ‘n’ roll that I’ve ever heard, and I’m proud of that.”
So what does it all mean? Will all, or most of the original GN’R lineup be present when they get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame next year? Will there be a part-reunion? Or does it just mean that the feud between Slash and Axl is finally coming to an end? Stay tuned, as only time will tell.