Slash: My last words to Axl
Slash has revealed the last words he said to Axl Rose before walking out on Guns n’Roses.
The guitarist explains it took him 24 hours to decide to reject Rose’s offer of a new contract in 1996. But he adds that, as far as he’s concerned, he didn’t leave the band he’d co-founded – he just refused to become part of a new outfit with the old name.
Talking to Piers Morgan, Slash unsurprisingly says he doesn’t want to talk about the GnR split for the rest of his life.
“It’s a lot of attention put on a lot of negative stuff,” he says. “It existed, and it might still exist – but dwelling on it… I left the band in 1996. We’re talking a pretty long time.”
The moment he quit was also the last time he spoke to frontman Rose. And despite what many might think, their final conversation wasn’t laced with strong language.
“It wasn’t like that,” Slash reports. “Basically it was just: ‘I’m done.’
“And it wasn’t me leaving the band. It was me not continuing with the new band Axl had put together and was now at the helm of, the new Guns n’Roses.
“I was given a contract to join his new band. It took about 24 hours before I decided: ‘I think this is the end of the line.’”
It’s been rumoured for years that massive pay-packets have been offered for the original lineup to reform. After Rose decided not to appear at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier this year, that speculation has diminished.
Slash says: “I’ve never been handed a specific offer, but I’ve heard it starts off with seven figures, then sometimes it starts to get more grandiose.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of that. I think you’ve got a situation where nobody involved wants to revisit. It’s not just me, it’s the whole band – I don’t think there’s a price tag that can make that work.”