Slash Says Axl Rose “Hates My Guts”

Slash Says Axl Rose “Hates My Guts”

April 2, 2012

When Guns N’ Roses get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14th, nobody knows exactly what else will happen — including Slash.

“This is a subject I’m dead sick of talking about,” the guitarist told Rolling Stone. “Everyone has been asking me what’s going to happen, and they know as much as I do. I feel you’re totally obligated to be present and I would love to fucking play, but it’s just something that’s not gonna happen for whatever reason.”

Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler are all committed to going to the Cleveland ceremony, but it’s unclear whether guitarist Izzy Stradlin or Axl Rose will be present. One sticking point for Axl may be the presence of Slash, whom he called a “cancer” in 2009.

“He hates my guts,” says Slash. “It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us. I talk to Duff and Steven, but when it comes to old Guns N’ Roses, there really isn’t anybody that makes decisions.”

In the meantime, Slash is focused on his new solo album Apocalyptic Love, which hits shelves on May 22nd. Unlike his 2010 debut Slash, which was recorded with a rotating cast of all-star singers, Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy sings on every track on the LP. They first met just a few years ago, when Kennedy was recruited to sing a track on Slash. The guitarist called him up when he learned that Kennedy had auditioned to sing on Led Zeppelin’s planned (but ultimately aborted) 2008 tour. “I was like, ‘This guy’s gotta be fucking good,'” says Slash. “Jimmy Page was calling him up!”

In 2010, Slash went on a grueling world tour with Kennedy, bassist Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz. “I didn’t know any of them at the time,” says Slash. “It turned out to be this one in a million thing. They were one of the most bitching rock and roll bands and groups of musicians that I’d ever worked with. So I thought, ‘Fuck, if I’m gonna make another record, I’ll just do it with these guys.’ And that’s what happened.” The group wrote the songs for Apocalyptic Love during downtime from the tour. “If I had any ideas, I would record them in the middle of the night in my hotel room or bus,” says Slash. “I would e-mail them to Myles, and either in sound check or in the dressing room or whatever, we’d start honing in on some of these ideas. By the end of the tour we’d have, like, 20 songs.” They recorded the album in late 2011 and early this year, after Kennedy finished up a tour with Alter Bridge. “He’s got a great work ethic,” says Slash. “He doesn’t know what to do with himself when he’s not busy.”

After going through extremely tumultuous breakups with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, Slash is thrilled to be in a group that functions peacefully. “I didn’t know it could be as easy as this, because it just really hadn’t ever been like that for me,” says Slash. “The inspiration for me to play and go out and kick ass every night is very strong with these guys. That’s all anybody wants to do. So the hassles of the road are totally tolerable when there’s not a lot of unnecessary baggage that we have to navigate every fucking day.”

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