Ronan McGreevy of The Irish Times recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Irish Times: How did you feel about GUNS N’ ROSES being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Axl Rose [vocals] not showing up?

Slash: I wasn’t disappointed. I was more relieved at the time because prior to that it was such a negative subject. At one point I thought, if we all show up, then what? When he said he wasn’t coming, I thought, “Good, at least I can do something.” Duff [McKagan, bass] and I spoke and we rehearsed what we did together. That in itself was a good thing.

The Irish Times: Do you think his non-appearance finally put to bed the expectations that the original GUNS N’ ROSES lineup would ever reform?

Slash: I think more than anything it put it to bed for Steven Adler [original GUNS N’ ROSES drummer]. He was trying the hardest to make it happen because he missed a lot of it. He was finally resigned to the idea that it was never going to happen. I knew in my heart it was never going to happen because I left the band in the early 1990s. I have never really had any expectations since then.

The Irish Times: Do you feel any resentment towards the GUNS N’ ROSES who are touring the world at the moment?

Slash: No, I just want to get on with what I’m doing. It’s been a long time. I’m really happy that Axl seems to be happy. He’s probably at the same place that I’m at. Whether he calls it GUNS or something else I don’t care. I signed that name away a long time ago.

Read the entire interview from The Irish Times.