Axl Rose Surprising Reaction To Slash Album Revealed, Did He Want It To Fail?


Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein discussed the reaction to Slash’s Snakepit’s 1995 debut album It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere in a new Guns N’ Roses Central interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“Tom Zutaut wouldn’t tell Slash that he didn’t like it. He called me and said, ‘You need to tell him, you’re his manager.’ I said, ‘You’re the A&R guy, what are you talking about?’ He said, ‘I’m not going to ruin my relationship with him, but we’re not going to put it out the way it is.’”

“The record company President [told me to talk to Slash], so I ended up having a conversation with Slash. I just said, ‘Lyrically, you might want to take a look at some of the songs. Musically, I like it, but the record company has an issue with it.”

“Axl [Rose] wanted it to be a good record. The reality is it would have given Axl time to relax for a little bit, and not have to concentrate on Guns stuff, he could have had a life for a little while.”

“[Axl] didn’t want it to fail, quite the antithesis. He really wanted it to be a great record. I don’t think he thought it was, from my recollection.”