Finland’s RadioCity.fi recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER).
Asked if it ever feels like there is “bad karma” following him because both his previous bands fell apart due to disagreements with their respective lead singers, Slash said: “No, I never looked at it that way, because I feel blessed that I got to work with probably two of the best singers out there. You know — especially in GUNS N’ ROSES, I mean, obviously. And so what you’ve gotta do is you have to take the good with the bad. It’s just after a while, it got to be impossible [laughs] to get anything really sort of done. But I appreciate the fact that I got the opportunity to be able to do what we did do, ya know.
Slash told Rolling Stone in April 2012 that GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose “hates my guts.” The two have not performed together since 1993. Rose currently tours with a completely different version of GUNS N’ ROSES featuring no original members but him.
During a 2009 interview with longtime friend and former road manager Del James, first published on Spinner, Rose called Slash a “cancer.”
In an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” in May 2012, Slash revealed that Scott Weiland‘s substance abuse issues weren’t the only contributing factor to VELVET REVOLVER‘s decision to fire the singer. “There was a lot of uncontrollable diva stuff,” Slash said. “Serious rock star stuff… You’ve got this one guy that has decided he’s going to dictate to everybody what’s going to happen and not even show up. I can’t find my shoes in my hotel room. I’m going to go get some coffee and wander down the street and then you can’t find him and it’s five minutes until showtime. It’s classic stuff.”