Slash on rejoining Guns N’ Roses: ‘I think it might be fun at some point’

The guitarist reveals that 'a lot of the tension' between Axl Rose and himself has been resolved

Slash has discussed the possibility of taking part in a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses line-up, quoted in a recent interview as saying “never say never”.

The guitarist left the classic rock band in 1996, with the group’s frontman Axl Rose releasing the much-delayed LP ‘Chinese Democracy’ with a new-look line-up in 2008. Having later formed the band Velvet Revolver, Slash more recently released an album titled ‘World on Fire’ with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators in September 2014.

Asked about rejoining his former band by CBS News, Slash said, “It’s been one of those things that’s been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years.” Admitted that while Rose and himself “haven’t really talked in a long time”, Slash did reveal that “a lot of the tension” between the pair has been resolved.

“We don’t have all those issues anymore,” Slash continued. “It’s not a lot of controversy. It’s something that is more perpetuated by the media, more than anything… I got to be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that. Never say never.”

Axl Rose recently took to Twitter to criticise Indonesian President Joko Widodo for the execution of two convicted drug traffickers. The singer had been a vocal advocate of their cause, posting an open letter to Widodo last month (April 27) that appealed for clemency to be granted to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, of Australia, and Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines.

“As all three are still alive these are clearly not cases where nothing can or should be done by those who care to do their utmost in efforts to spare them,” Rose wrote. “Under the circumstances it would seem that if they are executed regrettably the Indonesian government becomes the more offensive criminal.”

Rose argued that the punishment exceeded the group’s crimes, claiming that he could easily have found himself in their position: “It’s true I do not know these men nor have I met them but their story has touched me deeply,” he wrote. “I as well as many others could easily have found ourselves in their unfortunate and unarguably self-inflicted position. People make mistakes, sometimes big and horribly regrettable mistakes and sometimes more importantly people learn from their mistakes.”

As reported by The Guardian, Rose sent a copy of the letter to US secretary of state John Kerry, the US ambassador to Indonesia, the chairman of Indonesia’s national commission on human rights, the Indonesian representative to the United Nations and the Indonesian ambassador to the United States. But despite his efforts, Chan and Sukumaran were put to death last week (April 29) on the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan, prompting the singer to take to Twitter, where he called the situation “deeply troubling” and accused Widodo or ignoring “international outcry”. “Let’s pray Miss Veloso’s reprieve is permanent,” Rose added.