Rocker SLASH and Kiss star Paul Stanley refused to speak to each other for years after the then-Guns N' Roses star took aim at the singer's sound mixing skills in an interview. The guitarist reveals he and Stanley fell out over remarks he made following a disastrous Guns N' Roses gig, at which the KISS star was helping to perfect the sound.
Confirming Stanley's story in his autobiography Face The Music: A Life Exposed, Slash recalls the rock veteran had offered to help him land a guitar deal, but their friendship fell flat when the G N' R star accused his hero of meddling with the band's sound at a Los Angeles club gig.
In his book, Stanley recalls Slash coming back to him about the guitar deal weeks later: "(I said), 'You want me to help you get guitars after you went around saying all that s**t about me behind my back? One thing you're going to have to learn is not to air your dirty laundry in public. Nice knowing you, go f**k yourself'."
Slash tells Hard Rock Magazine, "We didn't speak for years after that. It was only until roughly 2006 that we got reacquainted when I was doing the Kiss Rock Honours for VH1 and we sort of let bygones be bygones. We're more or less cool now."
Rocker SLASH has ruled out any kind of reunion with former Guns N' Roses bandmate Axl Rose, insisting he simply cannot picture a get together. After bassist Duff McKagan rejoined Rose and his current incarnation of the band for dates in South America earlier this year (14), many fans were hoping for an original line-up reunion, but Slash insists that's still unlikely.
He tells GuitarWorld.com, "People have been speculating about it for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it.
"There hasn't been any communication along those lines between he (Rose) and I. I have a hard time picturing it, because I'm always focused on the next show. I'm one of those people who lives in the moment. I don't look too far into the future and I don't dwell too much on the past."
Slash left the group in 1996 and he and Rose haven't spoken since. Rose didn't attend the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2012, leaving Slash, McKagan and original drummer Steven Adler to accept the honour on behalf of the group.
Rockers Slipknot, SLASH, Soundgarden and Faith No More are set to headline Australia's Soundwave Festival. The two-day music event will take place in different cities over two consecutive weekends beginning on 21 February (15). Fall Out Boy, Marilyn Manson and Judas Priest are also on the bill.
Rocker SLASH has composed the music for a creepy new maze attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, which focuses on everybody's fear of killer clowns. Clowns 3D will open as part of the park's Halloween Horror Nights, which begin on 19 September (14), and Slash can't wait for fellow horror fans to get lost.
He says, "I'm a huge fan of Halloween Horror Nights and was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror.
"I jumped at the chance to be an integral part of this year's event and create the original score for this creepy clown maze. I can't wait to see the fans' reactions and I will be first in line to experience the maze myself."
Slash, a life-long fan of scary movies, is currently producing a remake of the 1972 horror film Cut Throats Nine.
Rocker SLASH was forced to scramble for a venue on Wednesday (13Aug14) after learning tourmates Aerosmith had cancelled a show in Concord, California. The band pulled the plug on the concert amid reports drummer Joey Kramer had fallen ill, prompting guitarist Slash and his band to look for an alternative gig.
Announcing the news on his WhoSay.com account, the former Guns N' Roses star wrote, "Due to powers beyond their control, Aerosmith have had to cancel tonight's performance at Concord Pavillion. But WE are going to do a show tonight at the @FillmoreSF. Details to be announced shortly."
Slash then took to social media to confirm the gig and announce ticket details.
Aerosmith have yet to comment on reports concerning Kramer's health, while unconfirmed reports suggest a second show in Washington on Saturday (16Aug14) will also be scrapped.
"Tony is one of those guys who inspires everyone... He is one of the best rock and roll guitarists out there. As a fellow player I can really appreciate all the nuances of his technique... This is the man who invented heavy metal in Birmingham and created Sabbath, a brand nobody can touch... Tony is a great guy and we've met on a number of occasions. There's just no stopping him. He comes down with lymphoma and what does he do? Reform Sabbath and do a world tour. He really is the pride of Birmingham and he deserves a f**king medal." SLASH endorses pal Tony Iommi for the 2015 Pride of Birmingham honour.
"In the living room of my girlfriend's apartment with her mom asleep on the couch. That was when I was about 14... We doped her though." Rocker SLASH once had sex feet away from his girlfriend's sleeping mum.
"HAPPY ROCKIN BIRTHDAY @Slash.... GLAD YOU'RE STILL ALIVE BECAUSE YOU KILLED IT ON STAGE LAST NIGHT!!!" Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler marks his tour mate SLASH's 49th birthday on Wednesday (23Jul14) with a complimentary tweet.
SLASH, Joan Jett and Billy Corgan were honoured with career achievement prizes at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night (21Jul14). The former Guns N' Roses star was presented with the Guitar Legend Award by Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, Jett accepted the Icon Award, and Smashing Pumpkins rocker Corgan was handed the Vanguard Award during the ceremony at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building.
Corgan said of the awards ceremony, "What's great about Alternative Press is it still kind of stands for the alternative counter culture. Maybe it's not as much of a counter culture as it once... I'm happy to just be part of the alternative culture," while Slash added in a post on Twitter.com, "Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top."
Other winners included Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who won the Best Vocalist prize and took to the stage to perform Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady and Fly Me To The Moon with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
The show, hosted by Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus, also included performances from The Misfits, Fall Out Boy and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
A screenwriter has set his sights on hiring Val Kilmer and rocker SLASH for his Breaking Bad spin-off show if it gets fully funded on Kickstarter.com. Larry Shepherd, from California, was left unsatisfied with the series finale of the Emmy-winning show which ended last year (13), and he's hoping fellow fans will support his quest to add a new story to the Breaking Bad universe.
Shepherd launched a campaign on the crowdfunding website last month (Jun14), calling on fans to donate to his spin-off, titled Anastasia. He describes the series as picking up where Breaking Bad left off.
Anastasia will focus on the professional and personal lives of two U.S. Marshals who were investigating drug kingpin Walter White.
Shepherd has billed Kilmer and Slash for the primary role, and is eager to feature guest stars such as Robert Downey, Jr., Neil Young, Eminem and Dick Van Dyke, but none of the celebrities have yet to comment on their possible involvement.
Shepherd is planning a 10-episode season if he funds the project by 1 August (14), but as of Wednesday (16Jul14), he has only raised $390 (£227) of the $500,000 (£291,706) goal.