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Posted Aug 22nd, 2015 (2:32 pm) by Heather Starks
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Could it be that one of the biggest rifts in music history has finally closed?

The bad blood runs deep between Slash and Axl Rose, two of rock n' roll's most memorable performers. When Slash left Guns N' Roses in 1996, the duo didn't speak to each other for over six years, the result of building tensions over Axl's antics (if you believe anyone who's not Axl). For his part, Axl called Slash, "cancer…better removed, avoided, and the less anyone heard of him or his supporters, the better." He also blamed the guitar virtuoso for squashing his writing abilities and the lack of new material.

But Axl Rose is no angel himself. Selfish, angry, and childish, the singer often caused problems that echoed throughout the entire band and alienated fans. In 1991, he jumped into a crowd after seeing a fan with a camera and assaulted random audience members in the process. He then got back on stage and said, "Thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home," dropped the mic, and left. Over a dozen people were injured and the incident is so well known, it is referred to as the Riverport Riot.

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Axl also threatened the other members into relinquishing full rights to the name "Guns N' Roses" and brought in another guitarist to overdub Slash without his knowledge. Think about that for a second. This guy asked another guitar player to OVERDUB one of the greatest players to ever lay eyes on a guitar. In his autobiography, Slash said of the incident:

“When I got a DAT of the song with Axl’s vocals on it, I noticed that there was another guitar layered on top of mine in the solo. Axl had gotten Paul Huge to double over me. In other words, that guy copied what I was playing on another track and they layered them. It was like really bad plagiarism.”

Over the years, both men have brushed off or out-rightly denied the possibility of a reunion, or the chance of two of them ever reconciling. But in a recent interview with Sweden's Aftonbladet TV, Slash made some surprising comments when asked, "I’ve heard that you’ve made friends with Axl Rose again." Instead of the usual "no comment" or continual bashing, Slash responded:

"It was probably way overdue, you know. But it’s…you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative … dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Getting a little ahead of himself, the excited reported then asked if there was a chance of reuniting the entire original line up. Slash got a little cagey at this point, saying, "Oh, I couldn’t answer that one, though. All right, let’s get off the subject, ’cause, you know, that’s an old one."

It might not be much to go on for Guns N' Roses fans, but it's more hope than they've had in a while. Especially after the 15 year wait for the abomination that was Chinese Democracy. While this is all probably for naught, we can always dream of hearing Axl's primitive howl intertwined with Slash's blazing fret work once again. Baby steps guys, baby steps.

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