According to Tom Zutaut, who signed Guns N’ Roses, the feud between Axl Rose and Slash began when Slash overdosed on heroin and “died” for eight minutes.
Axl thought a different Slash took over his body following the overdose.
“Axl genuinely believes the soul of Saul Hudson left his body when Slash OD’d,” Tom said on The Most Dangerous Band in The World documentary, via The Daily Mirror.
“That [was] the greatest stumbling block to getting the band back together.”
Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have released a statement mocking people like Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and Andrew Dice Clay for taking credit for their reunion.
“Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between. Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent role. We, and the fans thank you! #GnFnR.”
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) January 28, 2016
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler discussed Guns N’ Roses’ reunion on The Howard Stern show earlier this week. When asked if he was responsible for the reunion, he had the following quotes:
“I’m sure I’m not solely.”
“I ran into Axl [Rose] at a club a year or two ago and told him he’s crazy, we all miss them, and he needs to get the band back together.”
“If they didn’t get back together soon they would have missed their window and no one would have cared in 3 or 4 years.”
“People love Axl with the original band, they love him on his own but they want to see him with the original guys.”
“I said the same things to Axl that everyone said to me when me and Joe Perry were fighting.”
“Guns N Roses music was part of the fabric of all people.”
When asked about the animosity in GNR:
“I get the whole thing, I can’t talk about it. But they’re talking and they got an offer. I hope Axl can see the greater picture and not be mad at Duff and Slash.”
Howard asked if the beef was similar to the riff that tore apart Aerosmith, asked jokingly if one of the band members slept with another ones wife or something?
Steven said it was deeper then that. But the world needs to hear their music and they’re talking to each other again.