The most famous ‘what if’ reunion talks are back and this time it’s for good reason. Fans of the legendary rock outfit Guns n’ Roses are back to optimistic days since former guitarist Slash mentioned in an interview for Swedish Aftonbladet TV that he and Axl Rose were friends again. Slash mentioned “It was probably way overdue, you know. But it’s…. you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative… dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long”. He was pressed for an answer about a possible reunion and quickly moved away from the question, but that hasn’t stopped fans speculating, but who can blame them? A Guns n’ Roses reunion is considered by many to be the most significant reunion yet to happen and would be more significant than any that already has.
The legendary feud between Axl and Slash is one of the biggest factors to add fuel to whether or not a reunion would ever take place and it seems that with this huge barrier potentially out of the way a reunion is likely now more than ever. Axl Rose has been touring with his new version of Guns n’ Roses since 1999, which itself has had a ‘revolving door’ like feel to it with band members.
Recent years has seen several instances where speculation that the bands most iconic line up would reunite including bassist Duff McKagan joining the band on stage as a guest indicating that he was on good terms with his former bands frontman. Duff was seen as a potential middle ground for both sides of the breakup as he was also on good terms with Matt Sorum and Slash working as Velvet Revolver. The last time the reunion rumour mill was at it’s highest was when the band were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, but Axl did not only not attend or perform but also declined his induction into the prestigious institution of music royalty. Whether or not this new twist in the tale brings a reunion, we can at least be happy that at it’s core, two friends who went through a lot together are now on good terms again.