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Slash on Relationship with Axl Rose: ‘He Hates My Guts’

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Since the minute they were announced as possible 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the hot topic in the world of rock has been the potential for a Guns N’ Roses reunion. In a recent interview, Slash reveals that he is sick of talking about whether it will happen or not and explains that vocalist Axl Rose hates his guts.

The relationship, or lack thereof, between Slash and Axl Rose has always been the largest obstacle in the oft-rumored Guns N’ Roses reunion. Constant clamoring for the pair to bury the hatchet and reunite for the April 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony — where GN’R will be inducted — has apparently gotten under the skin of the top-hatted guitar icon.

“This is a subject I’m dead sick of talking about,” Slash tells Rolling Stone. “Everyone has been asking me what’s going to happen, and they know as much as I do. I feel you’re totally obligated to be present and I would love to f—ing play, but it’s just something that’s not gonna happen for whatever reason.”

The well-known bad blood between the guitarist and Axl Rose has prevented most previous reunion offers from coming to fruition, which according to Slash, hasn’t changed. “He hates my guts,” says Slash. “It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us. I talk to Duff and Steven, but when it comes to old Guns N’ Roses, there really isn’t anybody that makes decisions.”

Almost all original Guns N’ Roses members have been confirmed to be attending the much-hyped ceremony — the odd man out being former guitarist Izzy Stradlin, whose intentions are unknown at this time. Whether or not he attends, the prospect of any type of reunion is looking more and more grim.

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