Veteran rocker Slash insists his new autobiography isn't a veiled excuse for him to slam his former GUNS N' ROSES bandmate Axl Rose. Slash - real name Saul Hudson - quit Guns N' Roses in 1996 after falling out with Rose for the umpteenth time. But the guitarist, who now plays in Velvet Revolver, claims he has tried to make sure his new book, Slash, is as even-handed as possible. He says, "This is not a vehicle for me to vent. It's not to lambast Axl or to talk s**t about anybody else. "It's just telling the story as I knew it."