For a long time, the notion of getting Axl Rose and Slash back together on an album and/or onstage again fell in the same category as getting Roger Waters back onstage with Pink Floyd or David Lee Roth back with Van Halen.
If those comparisons fill you with hope, you are not alone. Roger Waters did finally play onstage with Floyd at the Live 8 event back in 2005. And Roth reunited with the Van Halen brothers for an album and tour that reached back to the band’s early days and was well-received by fans and critics alike. Officially, they’re still together.
Maybe, just maybe, there is hope for a full-blown G n’ R reunion?
Well, Slash weighed in on that in a recent Guitar World interview. Since original G n’ R bassist Duff McKagan has been playing the occasional gig with Axl and his current G n’ R lineup as fill-in for bassist Tommy Stinson, the question needed to be asked: Might Slash bury the hatchet and play with Axl again?
“People have been speculating about it for years,” Slash replied. “But I really have a hard time picturing it. There hasn’t been any communication along those lines between he and I. I have a hard time picturing it because I’m always focused on the next show. I’m one of those people who lives in the moment. I don’t look too far into the future and I don’t dwell too much on the past.”
Slash says he lists the early days of Guns n’ Roses as among the highlights of his career, but he’s moved on.
Axl’s former personal manager from the Use Your Illusion days has come out as saying that Duff’s recent involvement with Axl will help make a full reunion happen.
“Duff is paving the way to open the gates again,” Craig Duswalt says. “Axl and Duff are really getting along well at the concerts, so there’s an opening.”