The Guns ’n’ Roses frontman and guitarist Slash are though not to have spoken since 1996.
Guns ’n’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and former member Slash are reportedly on speaking terms again, nearly 20 years after the guitarist’s exit from the band. In an interview with Swedish website Aftonbladet, Slash revealed that the two have finally buried the hatchet, saying that the reunion was ‘probably way overdue’.
Slash has said he’s buried the hatchet with Axl Rose.
When asked during the interview if he and Rose had ‘made friends again’ Slash said, "It was probably way overdue, you know. But it's very cool at this point to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long."
As for wether or not the thaw in relations meant that a musical reunion was on the cards Slash said, "Oh, I couldn't answer that one. Let's get off the subject because that's an old one.” The two are thought to have last spoken in October 1996 when Slash quit the band after 10 years.
Back in 2012 some fans had hoped a reunion could happen when the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However instead, Rose decided not to attend the ceremony and penned an open letter explaining why the band would not be reuniting.
‘So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense,’ Rose wrote.
The frontman also added that, ‘with the exception of Izzy [Stradlin] or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.’ However Slash later told Rolling Stone that he had been hopeful that induction ceremony could lead to a reconciliation.
‘My whole thing was that I really, in my heart of hearts, wanted to have the whole original band get together and actually perform, which I sort of knew was wishful thinking,’ the guitarist said. ‘When the whole thing first came up, that’s basically what I wanted to do. It became apparent that that wasn’t going to happen.’