The Stone Roses turned down Slash’s offer to join band because of his ‘leather pants’

Guns N' Roses guitarist allegedly offered to join group after John Squire left in 1996

Aziz Ibrahim, who served a brief stint as guitarist in The Stone Roses, has claimed that Guns N’ Roses axeman Slash once offered to join the band.

Ibrahim served as replacement live guitarist in the Manchester band after John Squire departed the group in 1996.

The rumour of Slash reaching out to the Stone Roses has long circulated, with Ibrahim now claiming it to be true.


“There had been auditions. Slash had offered to play,” Ibrahim recently said on the StageLeft podcast. “There was a lot of bitterness and anger and so forth, maybe they wanted to piss [Squire] off, so they thought, ‘Let’s get the greatest rock icon of all time.'”


“Slash was in England and his manager wanted to manage the [Stone] Roses,” Ibrahim continued.

“They thought, ‘Yeah yeah, we’ll get this big rock icon, that would really annoy John.’ Then they said something to the affect of, ‘We’re not going to work with a guy with leather pants, are we?’ So Slash wasn’t in”.

When asked about the rumours in 2010, Slash told The Guardian: “I’d heard of the Stone Roses, but I’d never met them. I think I was probably too busy in Guns N’ Roses at the time. Maybe it might have been a good idea. Someone told me we tried to recruit the lead singer into Velvet Revolver. That’s not true either.”

Listen to the full podcast below. The Slash/Stone Roses part comes at the 37.35 mark.


The Stone Roses are thought to be working on their long-awaited third album. So far this year they have released the singles ‘All For One’ and ‘Beautiful Thing’.

Watch Ian Brown tell NME about the band’s new music in the video below.