Why did Axl Rose and Slash fall out?
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- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
Interviews with Guns N' Roses band members suggest that between 1994 and 1996, the band sporadically began to write and record new material, most of which, according to Slash, had been written by Rose. Rose has stated the exact opposite in the open letter on the official Guns N' Roses website, that the album was mostly a "Slash album" and Rose was allowed very little input into the album. At the time, the band had intended to release a single album with 10 or 12 songs.
Regarding the dysfunction of the band's recording at that time, Rose is quoted as saying, "We still needed the collaboration of the band as a whole to write the best songs. Since none of that happened, that's the reason why that material got scrapped."
In December 1994, Guns N' Roses released a cover recording of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil". The song appeared in the film Interview with the Vampire, on the movie's soundtrack and was also released separately as a single. It is the final Guns N' Roses single to feature Slash on lead guitar, Duff McKagan on bass, and Matt Sorum on the drums. It also featured Paul Huge on rhythm guitar, whose presence on the track and in the band created great tension between Rose and Slash, as Slash disliked Huge and felt he had no place nor the 'chops' to fit in G N' R.
The recording of "Sympathy for the Devil", as well as tension between him and Rose, led Slash to quit the band officially in October 1996. He was replaced by Nine Inch Nails touring guitarist Robin Finck in January 1997, who signed a two year contract with the band in August 1997 making him an official member. Slash's departure was followed shortly thereafter by Matt Sorum, who was fired in April 1997 and then by bassist Duff McKagan, who resigned from the band in August 1997. As such, all of the members who had taken part in the recording of Appetite for Destruction (aside from Rose) had departed from the band.
So basically, they were not getting along and wanted to go in different directions. The "Sympathy for the Devil" recording was the last straw. Neither of the two, especially Axl, are very good at solving problems and can be very stubborn. They wouldn't work the problems out, so it blew up into a huge fight that they still continue. Slash has stated he's willing to reunite if Axl apologizes first. But Axl will never do that. Slash could apologize, but he won't do that either. If neither one of them will step up and be the bigger man, they'll never get anywhere.Source(s): Wiki and me
- DeborahLv 44 years ago
I'm not entirely sure. Well Slash left GnR in '96 because Axl was disrespectful to everyone which made Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin leave the band. Apparently they haven't spoken in person since 1996. I don't blame Slash, I have no time for ***** like Axl Rose
- PamelaLv 44 years ago
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Ah geez. The number of times I've written entire pargraphs for this and never got BA. Anyway, It was very much to do with Axl's increasing temperamentality during the early 90s; his mood swings, his anger towards fans, and other members of the band, slightly to do with his need for control over the music that the band was making, his lack of punctuality at shows, sometimes not bothering to show up - all of this unpredicatbility was something that caused a lot of tension in the band. Slash himself refers back to this in his autobiography many times, specifically citing it as reason as to why things fell apart. You also have to remember that Slash was the last member of the original line-up to remain with Axl - in other words, he was the last one to leave. The relations did not end purely based on an MJ concert, it was the result of years of increasing tension. It was inevitable. So no, the fact that he performed mith MJ is not the reason for it. The reasons run a little deeper - Guns N Roses were a band who very slowly fell apart. And it was a break up between people who used to be the best of friends - Axl still holds a bitterness towards Slash, perhaps because he felt that Slash gave up, or that he somehow felt Slash was to blame for the increasing tensions. It can't be said, Axl has never explicity told us why. Slash however, does give us his side of it in his autobio, and it is pretty level headed. You can also tell from GNR Interviews in the early 90s that the members were already growing apart, but I won't go into that for the risk of boring you. *Beni - XD
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- 9 years ago
I'm not a big Guns N' Roses fan. I've only listened to Appetite for Destruction. But a friend of mine said that Axl forced Slash out of the band because they were arguing about a new guitarist that Slash didn't like. I guess people hate Axl for that and when Guns N' Roses came to my town (Dublin) they were bottled off the stage and stopped the show.
- Ed HunterLv 49 years ago
There was a lot of stuff, but what it really came down to was the fact that Axl didn't believe that anyone else's views mattered when it came to important decisions. If his band-mates didn't go with what he said, he'd just do it behind their backs. Slash just got tired of it. And so, Axl destroyed the last great rock band.
- 5 years ago
all I know is Axl wanted to call a song Chinese Democracy (also the album "Chinese Democracy") and Slash didn't like that name so they had a argument over it I was a die harn GN'R fan I have all there albums I don't no if that really is why they fell out its only what I hurd
- 9 years ago
Musical direction. Axl wanted to do grandiose stuff like Use your illusion and slash wanted to stick to their old school bluesy hard rock.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Because Axl is a douchebag.He makes me laugh, he's like 50 years old now and still acts like he's 25. Axl face it you're getting old.