December 21, 2011 20:10
Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose hints he may reunite with former members
Singer also reveals why he never got on with Slash
The singer, who is the only original member in the current outfit, also said he was reluctant to reform the old line-up because of people making money at their expense.
He told the LA Times:
I've got mixed emotions about what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame actually really is, but at the same time, there's a lot of people the fans that it just means something to them, and they're happy. So I don't want to take that away from them.
He added: "All these managers, they all believe in one thing: sell a reunion tour and get their commission. It's just a phone call. It's a half a day's work, or however long they want to keep the bidding war going. They get their commission and they don't care if it falls on its face."
He also said if the band were to reunite, he wouldn't have former drummer Steven Adler, who recently said he was doubtful the original line-up would reform, and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin on board. Surprisingly though he said he would consider joining forces with Slash despite their differences and bassist Duff McKagan, who recently supported the band on tour.
"The only thing that would make it would be Duff and Slash, really," he explained.
"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."
He also explained that he has never got on with Slash ever since the band started because of a power struggle. "It was really a fight with me and Slash," he added..
"Izzy was doing the same thing, but the fight with me and Slash started the day I met him. He came in, popped my tape out and put his in and wanted me in his band. And I didn't want to join his band. We've had that war since Day 1."
Meanwhile, Rose had a fan thrown out of the band's recent show in Vancouver, Canada.
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